Denver Broncos general manager and executive vice president John Elway said he believes quarterback Peyton Manning is "far from done," but is still working on building a team that can succeed without him, according to NFL.com.
"I wanna be 16-0 every year -- obviously, we want to keep winning," Elway said. "I'm gonna wanna win just as much when he walks out the door. We're continuing to work at that, it's not like we'll relax for three years after he leaves. We're gonna keep working it at, to win year in and year out, and our goal is, when he decides to walk, to make it seamless."
The Broncos have won three straight AFC West division titles (two with Manning) and were last season's AFC Champions. Elway said the team is learning that everyone needs to take responsibility and players are "not relying on Peyton anymore" to carry the team.
Elway said the team is getting to a point similar to the team Denver had at the end of his own career, when the Broncos won the AFC in each of his final two seasons. He's trying to build something similar so that when Manning does retire, there won't be a drop off.
Manning has thrown for 2,134 yards and a league-leading 22 touchdowns this season, with just three interceptions. Last Sunday, he broke Brett Favre's record for most career touchdown passes, with his 509th TD in the first half. He has extended the record to 513.
- Molly Geary