Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway and Broncos TV’s Chris Hall premiered the weekly Elway Access podcast on Tuesday afternoon.
It gave fans a chance to submit questions to Elway via twitter, as Elway broke down the Pittsburgh win and talked about the challenges in traveling to Atlanta on Monday night.
In reviewing the team’s Week 1 victory over the Steelers, Elway stressed the importance of the win because of the difficult schedule that lies ahead.
Denver opens up the season with three consecutive playoff teams from 2011. To start off by beating a 12-4 team from a year ago was extremely crucial to the 2012 season, Elway said.
“If we didn’t get off to a good start, who knows where we could have gone,” Elway said. “That’s why it was so important and exciting to be able to win that game.”
The performance of the Broncos’ new quarterback was also a topic of discussion. In his first game as a Bronco, Peyton Manning completed 19-of-26 passes for 253 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Manning finished with a quarterback rating of 129.2 — the highest rating by a quarterback in a Denver debut in team history.
Not only did he put his name in the Broncos record books, Manning also became the fastest quarterback to reach 400 touchdown passes and just the third QB to ever accomplish that feat.
“There were all the questions about Peyton that have been going on for six months, so it was very nice to finally get to the game and let everybody see what Peyton can do,” Elway said. “I think he showed that he still has a lot of football left in him and had a tremendous night. It was great for him, especially having that year off and the surgeries, everything he’s gone through and the hard work he’s put in. It was really gratifying for me to see Peyton come out and play like he wanted to play.”
Other topics of discussion in the podcast were the use of the no-huddle offense in Denver and among the rest of the NFL, the loss of defensive tackle Ty Warren to injured reserve and the solid performance of the offensive line.
“The offensive line did a tremendous job and gave Peyton time to throw the football,” Elway said. “Plus, we ran the ball pretty well. In the second half, we had some good chunks to keep the clock running and were able to move the ball. The offensive line continues to come together. They’re getting more used to Peyton and the way he does things.”
Elway also broke down the 71-yard touchdown from Manning to wideout Demaryius Thomas.
In the final portion of the podcast, Elway previewed the Broncos’ Week 2 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, which will air nationally on Monday Night Football. The Falcon’s offense hung 40 points on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1.
“The best thing to do against a big offense is to hopefully stay on the field and score points when you get a chance, because you have to keep up with them,” Elway said.
“Hopefully, we can continue offensively. And defensively, if we can get some pressure on (quarterback) Matt (Ryan). That always seems to be the best pass defense, is get a good pass rush. The good thing is we have the ability to do that with our front four, and we’ll take strides this week after having that opener with Ben (Roethlisberger) and Pittsburgh last week.”
The next episode of Elway Access will air Tuesday after the Broncos return from Atlanta.