How Manning Changes Dynamics of the AFC West

 

It’s official – Peyton Manning will join the Denver Broncos in the AFC West.  So what does this mean for the San Diego Chargers?

Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

1)  Chargers no longer the assumed favorite to win the AFC West.  There will be increased competitiveness within the division with the addition of Manning.  The team that will win the division is the team that can consistently win games from the beginning through the end of the season.  The Chargers cannot afford to fall in to any slumps.

 2)  AFC West gains respect.  Next to the NFC West, the AFC West has been the punch line of the NFL for at least the last decade.  The Chargers have often been looked at as an average team, making it into the playoffs thanks only to being in a below-average division.  Bringing in Peyton Manning should help to change that perception and ensure that future playoff teams from the AFC West are legitimate Superbowl contenders.

3)  Division games will be more interesting.  There are now two top-tier quarterbacks in the AFC West.  The division rivalry between the Chargers and Broncos kind of sputtered out when Jay Cutler was traded to Chicago, but now that Manning is here the rivalry is back in full swing.  Manning should make all AFC West games more interesting, but the matchup between Rivers and Manning has the potential to get a lot of primetime attention.

4)  Pass rush just became Chargers’ top draft priority.  Any speculation that the Chargers might draft an offensive lineman in the first round should be squashed at this point.  The Chargers must draft a defensive player that can get to Manning.  As badly as the offensive line needs to be addressed, the Chargers’ anemic pass rush simply cannot be ignored now that Manning is in the division.

Topics: Broncos, Denver, Draft, Manning, West

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  • RussellGrant

    This is like the old school AFL.  You draft and sign people to gain supremacy in the division.  Denver gets Manning.  We get people to put him on his ass.  Since he’s coming to Denver he’s got to put the donkey on his back and take them to the promised land. 
     
    But the road still goes through San Diego.  It’s time to remind him of that.

    • jjsmith

       @RussellGrant agreed: this division is still belongs to Rivers and the Bolts.  Rivers is an excellent QB in his prime, and we have talent at many positions.  Manning is a seasoned pro, and one of the best to ever play the position, but he is entering the twilight of his legendary career.  As much as I wish him success in his last few years of football, I hope that Rivers continues to dominate the rivalry…

      • biggsybolt

        @jjsmith @RussellGrant manning is 4-5 against our bolt 1-6 the last 7 including playoffs with 15 ints to 11 tds and a 74.5 qb rating. A big part was coop, I would like to see him back even as a coach

        • jjsmith

           @biggsybolt  can’t imagine cooper coming back as player – position assistant might be interesting if there is mutual desire…probably has better options elsewhere though (i.e. sports talk, appearances, etc.)  would love to write more but must address post by idiot above… /

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    draft pass rush, PASS RUSH and more PASS RUSH!!!!! Manning on his back!! ALL DAY LONG!!!

    • biggsybolt

      @epadaon i see AJ trading up to get who he wants

      • jjsmith

         @biggsybolt  @epadaon biggsy: there is a lot of talent available at the 18th pick.  Don’t see AJ moving up, but could move down in later rounds to accumulate more picks…studies have shown that the draft is an elaborate crapshoot, so the more chances you have to “hit”, the better.

  • RussellGrant

    And whoever picked Denver in the poll is brilliant.  I was thinking Miami or Arizona.
     

  • CUTTY aka Logan

    The Chargers were never the assumed favorite in the afc west and the chiefs and broncos will get the primetime spots. not the chargers

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @CUTTY aka Logan you are joking right? even when the chiefs won the division, you werent even expected to win the west. dont fool yourself! your quarterback is still matt cassel… have fun with that

      • CUTTY aka Logan

        it doesn’t matter how many years analysts say the chargers will win it cause every year the chargers will prove those analysts wrong

        • jjsmith

           @CUTTY aka Logan even if that’s true, they get a lot more respect than the Chiefs, whose biggest headline of the five years reads as follows “Chiefs astonish analysts by making one-and-done playoff appearance.” -as if that is some sort of epic accomplishment for a team
           Even after that fluke season the Chargers were considered the favorites to win the division…analysts will continue to have higher expectations of the Chargers (and now the Broncos too) until the Chiefs get a QB with some legitimate elite skills.  
          By the way, your barbecue is no match for Texas BBQ either, since you brought it up.  You can take your sugary-sweet sauce, your not-so-sweet team, and your absolutely sour disposition elsewhere, where perhaps you’ll find some kindred spirits who won’t argue with your fundamentally flawed perspective of all things football.

    • jjsmith

       @CUTTY aka Logan You’re right, they were actually favorites to win the Superbowl according to ESPN and Sports Illustrated in the past two years, and were the sexy bet in Vegas.  I can’t recall the Chiefs being picked for any such feats this century, but please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.
       
      I highly doubt networks are going to be more interested in airing a primetime game between Manning and the Chiefs…the Chiefs  lack a respectable passing attack to compare to Manning’s, and they do not have the dynamic history like the Chargers/Manning/Manning Family has.  Do the Chiefs even have a true starting quarterback at the moment?? (Matt Cassel does not qualify…only got a starting job because Belicheck made him look like a genius)   Chiefs-Broncos sounds like a pretty one-sided, boring game, with no interesting subplots or rivalries to salivate over. Sorry but Rivers v Manning will be much more interesting and already has a history of being both intense and entertaining.

      • biggsybolt

        @jjsmith @CUTTY aka Logan jj:had to see what the idiot above had to say ;-)
        curry: do you remember how chornhole er. I mean Crennel did with the browns? Not to well, don’t expect him to do any better with the quiefs!

  • CUTTY aka Logan

    the only thing the chargers have a history of is having a terrible fan base and getting into fights with the raiders. the chiefs get primetime spots for the electric crowd alone, not to mention exciting overtime victories. and the networks also want a reason to smell the delicious tailgating and eat the best bbq on the planet.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

       @CUTTY aka Logan so thats why you will get the prime time game… would rather get into primetime with the quarterback and the team that we bring to the field!! 
       
      oh well, thank arthur bryant for the bbq and for getting on ESPN! 

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    for some dang reason i love the trash talk and just wish football season was here now!!! down with the Chefs and down with the Donkeys!!!

    • jjsmith

       @epadaon you can’t call them “Chefs” when they put a massacre on your plate and call it “BBQ”…just saying…as far as food is concerned, I’ll take the Cowboys, Texans, and even the Titans over the wannabe-Chefs…

  • Bleu

    None of those statistics mean anything to me its all speculation. Hurry up football season……….

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