All Manning Era Team: Quarterbacks

All Manning Era Team: We take a look at the greatest single seasons by position in the Peyton Manning Era (1998-2011).  Today, we look at the: 

Quarterbacks: 

Ok, so big surprise here, but the quarterback on the All Manning Era Team is… Peyton Manning.  The difficult part was deciding which season would go on the list. 

I narrowed it down to his 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010 seasons.  And I picked the seemingly obvious choice: 2004. 

The Colts’ offense in 2004 was unstoppable.  Incredibly good.  While I think that the more recent Manning years (2008-2010) actually featured a better Manning, he was nearly unstoppable in 2004.  He willed the team to wins in the past few years, but only because he needed to.  In 2004, he was so good that there were not many games that was needed. 

Manning was 336/497 (67.6%) for 4,557 yards and 49 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions.  Manning averaged 9.17 yards per pass.  He averaged nearly a first down every time he dropped back to pass!

 The Colts went 12-4 in 2004, and the Colts offense was the best in the NFL.  That season, more than any other, led to the passing league that we know today.  

At the time, Manning’s 49 touchdowns broke a 20 year old record for touchdown passes in a single season, previously held by Dan Marino (and now held by Tom Brady, who threw 50 in 2007).  Important to consider, though, is that Manning threw his 49 touchdowns in basically 15 games, as he sat out for most of the 16th game. 

Manning’s yardage total was also the highest of his career until he threw for 4,700 yards in 2010. 

The way Manning played in 2004, I have never seen anything like it.  It was spectacular.  And that season is definitely worthy of the spot for the greatest quarterbacking season during the Manning Era.

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