"If you do this for a living, you always have pressure to win now," coach John Fox told NFL Media's Michelle Beisner in an interview that aired on Tuesday evening's edition of NFL Total Access. "It will be no different this year than it's been in our tenure here. Obviously, I think a lot of guys would like to get that big ring for Peyton (Manning), and I think that's part of the motivation and purpose of our football team."
Whereas Manning was obsessed with over-preparing early in his career, he has a reached a peaceful stage where he can take a more human, less robotic approach to the game.
Manning has undeniably lost considerable arm strength as he approaches age 40. He now compensates beautifully by translating opposing defenses before the snap, processing information in the pocket at a high level and consistently lofting accurate passes into tight spaces.
To that end, Elway has stated that he will continue to shape his roster as if Manning will continue to be the quarterback.
Elway's high-profile offseason maneuvers suggest an adherence to Manning's three-year window.