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ENGLEWOOD, COLO. (AP) - Out with the old option. In with the new no-huddle.
The Denver Broncos are getting their first taste of the hurry-up-at-altitude offense that Peyton Manning will unleash on the NFL this fall if everything keeps going well with his surgically repaired neck.
Although the full installation of the Broncos‘ new offense won’t happen until summertime, Manning and his receivers are putting the foundation in place during the team’s voluntary workouts this month.
“You get a sense that that’s coming along,” receiver Andre Caldwell said. “We’re in the beginning process, but you can tell by the way they’re installing the offense that it’s going to be a lot more difficult and he’s going to be back to doing what he did in Indianapolis.”
When they signed Manning to a $96 million deal and dealt Tim Tebow to the New York Jets, the Broncos scrapped the option-style offense they had dusted off last season to fit the scrambling southpaw’s unique skill set.
Now, it’s all about the fast-paced switcheroo offense that’s the basis of Manning’s maniacal motions at the line of scrimmage as he deciphers defenses.
Coach John Fox spoke at Manning’s introductory news conference last month about how excited he was to have such an accomplished and cerebral quarterback running the no-huddle at Mile High.
“I’ve said all along, from having had to compete here, it might be the best home-field advantage in the NFL,” Fox said, “because, on an NFL travel schedule, you don’t have time to acclimate to altitude.”
Not only do Manning’s receivers, running backs and tight ends have to get used to a new offense, but they have to get ready to fast-forward, too.
Caldwell, a free agent who spent the last four seasons in Cincinnati, said he’s still getting his wind but he’s eager to see defenses get gassed in September.
“It’s going to be great, because I played here last year. I ran the no-huddle offense at Cincinnati, and I was dead tired,” Caldwell said. “So, I’ve got a feel for how the defense will react to it and how they will be feeling.”
“We’re all excited,” Mays said. “We’re looking forward to working with him on the field, looking forward to those no-huddle practices. But it’s going to be fun. You’re going up against the best quarterback who ever played the game _ in practice. So, it should definitely help the defense out during the game.”
He can just imagine how opponents are going to feel sucking air in the fourth quarter after running up and down the field, often unable to switch personnel because of the Broncos‘ pace.
“Oh yeah, we’re going to be in great shape. Peyton, he’s got those guys working hard right now, just preparing themselves for the season,” Mays said. “He’s going to have those guys ready to work, ready to get going and I’m just looking forward to standing on the sideline and watching.”
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