Today's question about the Broncos comes from Robert Johnson in Mississippi.
Q: Will the Broncos run the offense that Peyton Manning ran with the Colts?
A: The Broncos will create a playbook that Manning is comfortable running. Manning says, "I'm not going to be the offensive coordinator," but his fingerprints on the playbook will be unmistakable.
When he starred for the Colts, Manning was the centerpiece of a fast-paced, no-huddle offense in which a lot of the plays were called at the line of scrimmage.
Denver's offense with Manning will have a significant play-action element. Manning, the only four-time MVP in NFL history, likes to have deception in the passing game.
Manning's assets include a knack for getting the offense in the correct play when he sees how the defense has lined up. He even sees through disguised coverages.
"He sees where you're going with it," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. "That takes a tremendous amount of (film) study. I don't know that we've ever seen anybody who could get it right that often against that many different things."
In Manning's 2001 season, the Colts ranked seventh in the NFL in rushing and second in passing but finished only 6-10. Manning passed for 4,131 yards that season, his fourth in the league, but he threw 23 interceptions.
When the Colts won the Super Bowl in the 2006 season, they were only 18th in the league in rushing. Three years later, the Colts returned to the Super Bowl despite ranking last in the league in rushing. They were 14-2, with Manning passing for 4,500 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Denver's playbook will expand the more comfortable Manning becomes with his new teammates on offense. And for the Broncos to get all they want from their $96 million quarterback, his new teammates on offense will have to be prepared as well as Manning.
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