Broncos' O could be even better

There's reason to believe in the Peyton Manning-led Broncos offense again this season. Jamie Squire/Getty Images

There are times when the bottom-line numbers don't indicate just how effective someone is at his job.

A good example of this shows up in Vince Lombardi's career. Lombardi's Green Bay Packers clubs won 10 or more regular-season games five times under his guidance, but his best coaching job probably occurred in one of the seasons that fell short of the double-digit regular-season win total.

In the 1967 campaign, Lombardi had to cajole and push an aging, injured team that was missing two star ball carriers from its glory days (Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor) to achieve greatness, and those efforts paid off via a third straight NFL championship and second straight Super Bowl win.

A similar instance might be on the horizon for Peyton Manning. Manning is coming off arguably the best statistical season of his stellar career, and he might be hard-pressed to guide this offense to match this record-setting pace.

Having noted this, the combination of personnel changes made by the Denver Broncos this offseason and potential adjustments they can make with returning players shows that their offensive platoon this season could be stronger than its dominant predecessor, even if its overall numbers might not quite match up.