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Peyton Manning praises Case Keenum, calls him a 'winner'

By: Troy E. Renck, The Denver Channe
April 19, 2018 Updated: April 19, 2018 at 9:38 am
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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning celebrates as he leaves the field following Denver's 37-6 win over the Raiders Sunday, September 30, 2012 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

DENVER -- Since Peyton Manning retired, the Broncos remain winless in AFC West road games. Since Peyton Manning exited following the Super Bowl 50 victory, the Broncos have not reached the playoffs in two consecutive seasons, owning a 14-18 record, including two victories in their last 12 games.

A common thread links the failure: underwhelming quarterback play.

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FILE - In this March 16, 2018, file photo, Case Keenum smiles during an NFL football news conference introducing him as the new starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos, in Englewood, Colo. Keenum couldn't wait to get out of Minnesota. Before coming to Colorado for the Broncos' offseason program which began this week, Keenum made a stop in Minneapolis to accept the "Uncommon Award" from Tony Dungy at Hazeltine National Golf Club, on Friday, April 13, 2018. The only downer was the blizzard struck the nation's midsection. "It dumped like 25 inches on us in Minnesota last weekend," Keenum said. "So, I was ready to get out of there and get to Denver and the sunshine."(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) 

Even in his declining final season, Manning remained effective in the two-minute drill, an intel processor at the line of scrimmage and the clear leader of the offense. His breathtaking four seasons in Denver led to his induction Wednesday in the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.

For the Broncos to avoid back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1972, they need strong quarterback play. They don't need Manning. But they require a reasonable facsimile.

Read the full story at The Denver Channel.

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