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Broncos offense undergoing dramatic change

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The Broncos went to the playoffs last season with a read-option offense. They’ve since traded Tim Tebow and acquired Peyton Manning, and their offense will look completely different this year.

Coordinator Mike McCoy explained to NFL.com’s Albert Breer that he and quarterbacks coach Adam Gase studied tape of Manning’s offenses in Indianapolis before making the $96 million move to sign him.

“That goes back to when we first talked about going and getting Peyton,” McCoy said. “From when we first talked to him, Adam and I watched a ton of film, studied what they did [in Indianapolis], the way he played.

“We didn’t always know exactly where they were coming from, but we took notes, and when we signed him I said, ‘Here’s some things we have for you, and we’d like to add to it.’ It’s gonna grow as we figure it out, and it’s getting back to some of those core fundamentals.”

In constructing Denver’s 2012 offense, McCoy and Manning will share notes. It will be a collaborative effort, so neither Manning nor McCoy is individually dictating the design.

“The great thing is from day one, his first time out here, he said to us, ‘Hey, I wanna learn your system,’” McCoy explained of Manning. “He said that he knew we’d had success, our receivers had success, in that system before we changed some things around last year, and he wanted us to teach it to him.”

The “system” is a work in progress, but there are a few things about which we can be confident. The Broncos won’t be leading the NFL in rushing attempts anymore, and their trademark offensive play won’t involve the threat of a quarterback keeper.

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59 Responses to “Broncos offense undergoing dramatic change”
  1. shackdelrio says: May 23, 2012 11:20 AM

    At quarterback, the Broncos went from the McDonald’s dollar menu to a 5-star restaurant in Manhattan.

  2. bathroombenlovemachine says: May 23, 2012 11:23 AM

    Peyton Manning is a classless piece of garbage.

    The Eagles will win Super Bowl 47. Bet on it Beyotches

  3. eaglesnoles05 says: May 23, 2012 11:24 AM

    You mean other than adding maybe the best QB ever to the roster?

  4. eaglesnoles05 says: May 23, 2012 11:26 AM

    Lol, they studied film of manning and his offense before signing him? Wow, that was a smart thing to do. These F.O. guys are well paid for a reason, doing smart things like that.

  5. myspaceyourface says: May 23, 2012 11:28 AM

    Can’t wait to see what Manning has left.

  6. seeptermean says: May 23, 2012 11:29 AM

    I equate the effect of adding Peyton Manning to their offense to when I turned 17 years old and got my driver’s license. So much more stuff you can do and it’s wayyyy easier to score (with the ladies).

  7. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 23, 2012 11:31 AM

    Man, MegaHead sure looks dorky wearing the ugliest uniform in the NFL. Is that a size 6X helmet?

    Once again, the Donkeys will finish 8-8 and no playoffs.

  8. 49erstim says: May 23, 2012 11:34 AM

    Dramatic change?… You don’t say! Bet they still get bounced out of the playoffs for bad QB play though! :-p

  9. snowpea84 says: May 23, 2012 11:35 AM

    Someone above rooting for Vick and calling Manning classless. I’m always amazed that people like that exist.

  10. jbaxt says: May 23, 2012 11:37 AM

    Enjoy the cold weather Manning. As well as last place in the west. The fans will turn on you just like they did Orton, Plummer, and every other decent QB since Horse face. Of course they liked Tebow but that just proves how ignorant they are, do try to ignore them.

  11. mike bonserio says: May 23, 2012 11:39 AM

    makes sense being that they added a QB that can actually throw the ball!

  12. CKL says: May 23, 2012 11:39 AM

    And before anyone chimes in that PM “ran his own offense in Indy so this is different”, it isn’t. That offense was a collaboration with Moore.

  13. electionconfidential says: May 23, 2012 11:41 AM

    bathroombenlovemachine says:
    May 23, 2012 11:23 AM
    Peyton Manning is a classless piece of garbage.

    The Eagles will win Super Bowl 47. Bet on it Beyotches

    ————————————-

    When you hear someone call Peyton Manning “classless” you can bet the next sentence will be something good about Philly… LOL God invented the Eagles to make the Bengals seem reasonable.

  14. sask9999 says: May 23, 2012 11:44 AM

    Ummmm…. everyone does realise that the Broncos are the least talented team in the NFL, right? (especially on Offense) Big surprise coming for Peyton when he drops back only to realise that his o-line is swiss cheese and receivers can’t get open. My over / under is 4.5 games before Manning is out for the season with injury.

  15. td40 says: May 23, 2012 11:48 AM

    Wait- you mean they stopped running college plays now that they don’t have a QB who can only work from a college style offense? Who’dathunk?

  16. hendawg21 says: May 23, 2012 11:50 AM

    Hey Denver this movie has played before with very little success, yes you will be better heck any QB other than Tebow would’ve been an upgrade…but back to the movie check the history of star QB’s changing teams late in their careers and be ready for the same results!

  17. blacknyellablacknyella says: May 23, 2012 11:50 AM

    “broncos offense undergoing dramatic change” is honestly a headline with a story to follow? you mean peyton won’t be running the same offense as tebow did? really? REALLY?!?! what’s next? “colts hope to win more games this season”

  18. hendawg21 says: May 23, 2012 11:52 AM

    yssupasigninnamnotyep says:
    May 23, 2012 11:31 AM
    Man, MegaHead sure looks dorky wearing the ugliest uniform in the NFL. Is that a size 6X helmet?

    Once again, the Donkeys will finish 8-8 and no playoffs.

    You know I was just thinking the same thing…

  19. riverhorsey says: May 23, 2012 12:06 PM

    Denver is now the team to beat in the AFC. No one can stop Manning, they have the best young kicker in football and one of the best defenses and the fans are crazy loud.

  20. teamobijuan says: May 23, 2012 12:11 PM

    Suuuuuuuuuuuuuure it’s “collaborative”.

  21. objectivenflfan says: May 23, 2012 12:14 PM

    It’s going to be fun watching Peyton Manning slice up defenses – then get hit – get back up, and continue to cut that meat.

    Peyton Manning is great for football, great for the NFL, and he makes Sunday and Monday nights much better when your team isn’t playing.

  22. broncos81 says: May 23, 2012 12:18 PM

    jbaxt says:
    May 23, 2012 11:37 AM
    Enjoy the cold weather Manning. As well as last place in the west. The fans will turn on you just like they did Orton, Plummer, and every other decent QB since Horse face. Of course they liked Tebow but that just proves how ignorant they are, do try to ignore them.

    _____________________________

    You clearly are not a Broncos fan. The fans NEVER turned on Plummer. He took us to the afc west championship and the playoffs in every year he finished. We NEVER turned on Cutler even though he never took us to the playoffs. In fact we were pissed when we traded him.

    We turned on Orton who was 7-26 in his last 33 games. And God forbid we like a young QB who took that 7-26 team to the playoffs. God forbid we like that QB who led us to our first playoff debut and win in 6 season. WHAT WERE WE THINKING.

    Could it be you just hate Tebow, so you just spew any nonsense you can think of without any factual basis?

  23. cooklynn17 says: May 23, 2012 12:25 PM

    You think?

    The sun is hot, water is wet and the sky is blue. Any other groundbreaking news you want too waste my time with?

  24. htown1035 says: May 23, 2012 12:28 PM

    Let’s not forget the Broncos were in a typical passing offense with Kyle Orton and were terrible, then switched to the read option and got in the playoffs. Now they’re going back to a passing offense that will take adjustments in personnel and gameplan. Plus with Manning coming off his injury, don’t expect this to be a SB team this year.

  25. cruzp23 says: May 23, 2012 12:29 PM

    sask9999 says:
    May 23, 2012 11:44 AM
    Ummmm…. everyone does realise that the Broncos are the least talented team in the NFL, right? (especially on Offense) Big surprise coming for Peyton when he drops back only to realise that his o-line is swiss cheese and receivers can’t get open. My over / under is 4.5 games before Manning is out for the season with injury.

    —————————————————

    Please do carry on with your extensive knowledge of football!! it seems like you have it all sorted out!

    before you comment please actually know what you are talking about! you dont get best rushing in the league with no talent demariyus thomas was near the top in recieving stats in the last 2 months with tebow at QB whatcha reckon hel do with manning?? do enliten me!

  26. kaf39 says: May 23, 2012 12:40 PM

    I wish Dawkins would be around for this season.

  27. frankdatank23 says: May 23, 2012 12:48 PM

    The broncos better go deep in the playoffs this year if they’re so much better with Manning !

    Tebow took over a 1-4 team and made the playoffs…. Manning will start game 1, so there’s no excuses ! Can’t wait !

  28. skolvikesskol says: May 23, 2012 12:50 PM

    Thank you captain obvious.

  29. buckyhamm says: May 23, 2012 12:52 PM

    If Manning really wanted a ring he should have signed with the 9ers.

  30. 4thquartermagic says: May 23, 2012 12:57 PM

    Its weird that some people are rooting for Manning to fail.
    Even if your not a Broncos fan all you need to be is a fan of football and you can appreciate the fact that he’s an all time great.

    Its a damn privelage to watch him play and I can’t wait to see him out there on Sundays. The NFL won’t be the same when he hangs em up.

  31. stonedwhitetrash says: May 23, 2012 12:58 PM

    Tebow proves only one thing and that is a big redneck looking bible thumper can be as Q^^^^ as a football bat residing in a closet

  32. crubenst says: May 23, 2012 1:04 PM

    Peyton Manning is a jerk.

    Tony Romo is a god! Cowboys in `12!!!!!

  33. crubenst says: May 23, 2012 1:05 PM

    Peyton Manning is a whiny baby. Nothing like my boy Eli Manning!! Giants repeat this year!!!

  34. crubenst says: May 23, 2012 1:06 PM

    I can’t stand that dorky Peyton Manning. Make way for the new prototype QB…. RGIII!!! SKins back to dominance this year!!!!

  35. williebeaman says: May 23, 2012 1:06 PM

    @jbaxt

    Have you ever been to Denver? It’s not that cold. Sure, we get snow sometimes, but we also get more days of sunshine than any state in the country.

    I think the thing Manning will enjoy is seeing those defenses huff and puff when they are running that hurry-up offense. A lot of people aren’t used to that mile-high air….

  36. broncos81 says: May 23, 2012 1:07 PM

    cruzp23 says:
    May 23, 2012 12:29 PM
    sask9999 says:
    May 23, 2012 11:44 AM
    Ummmm…. everyone does realise that the Broncos are the least talented team in the NFL, right? (especially on Offense) Big surprise coming for Peyton when he drops back only to realise that his o-line is swiss cheese and receivers can’t get open. My over / under is 4.5 games before Manning is out for the season with injury.

    —————————————————

    Please do carry on with your extensive knowledge of football!! it seems like you have it all sorted out!

    before you comment please actually know what you are talking about! you dont get best rushing in the league with no talent demariyus thomas was near the top in recieving stats in the last 2 months with tebow at QB whatcha reckon hel do with manning?? do enliten me!

    _____________________________

    While I agree that Thomas is a beast, without Tebow they rushed for 84 yards a game. With Tebow (who rushed for almost 700 yards) they rushed for 202 yards a game. The argument for number 1 rushing in the league cannot be used as a viable asset for Manning. The passing numbers will be improved and the rushing numbers will be drastically lower. Thomas does need to work on his route running and drops but that should come with playing.

  37. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: May 23, 2012 1:28 PM

    Hold on, are you trying to tell me the Broncos WONT call a bunch of QB draws and options for Manning?

  38. CKL says: May 23, 2012 1:34 PM

    4thquartermagic says: May 23, 2012 12:57 PM

    Its weird that some people are rooting for Manning to fail.
    Even if your not a Broncos fan all you need to be is a fan of football and you can appreciate the fact that he’s an all time great.

    Its a damn privelage to watch him play and I can’t wait to see him out there on Sundays. The NFL won’t be the same when he hangs em up.
    ___________________________________
    You have every right to your opinion.
    But…are you implying that I don’t love the game of football because I don’t root for success for or appreciate a player I dislike intensely? Really???? I wish him no physical ills but I gladly and rabidly root against him every time he steps on a field. Heroes AND villains BOTH (along with many other reasons of course) make the game compelling.

  39. captainslapnuts says: May 23, 2012 1:39 PM

    I’m a captain and I approve this message.

  40. sdnative69 says: May 23, 2012 1:42 PM

    I hoped when McCoy watched the Colt film one thing became clear. His job became expendable. Once Peyton gets settled he is going to take over control of the offense. The funniest thing about this story was when Peyton said “Hey, I wanna learn your system” right. That will never happen. Lets see if he still has gas in the tank to back up his talk this time. Should be interesting.

  41. eaglesfanxx says: May 23, 2012 2:11 PM

    This is a poorly written article.

    “The great thing is from day one, his first time out here, he said to us, ‘Hey, I wanna learn your system,’” McCoy explained of Manning. “He said that he knew we’d had success, our receivers had success, in that system before we changed some things around last year, and he wanted us to teach it to him.”

    Is McCoy referring to the read-option offense? Manning said he knew Denver had success in that system before they changed things around. Which system?

    I thought Denver started winning games by changing to a read-option offense to suit Tebow.

    So Manning wants to learn about the offensive system Denver used while Orton was QB?

    Eric Silva has to include more details in his articles. I guess he assumes everyone knows a great deal about Denver’s offensive system in 2011. I would argue that the fans in Denver know about the Broncos system. However, fans of the other 31 teams don’t know all the details about the evolution of Denver’s offense in 2011.

    “Broncos offense undergoing dramatic change” is the title of the article. Well, what are the dramatic changes that will take place in 2012 other than a new QB?

  42. rolloxd says: May 23, 2012 2:14 PM

    This offense could be great.

    Manning ahead of Osweiler. McGahee, Moreno and a rookie speedster named Ronnie Hillman. Then we got Tamme and Dressen in FA along with a young reciving core with Thomas, Decker, Caldwell leading the crew. Thomas is hungry for a breakout year and has the ability. Heck he led the NFL in reciving in the month of December with Tebow at QB and a monster playoff gane against Pitt.

    This team should win the AFC west with ease and make a deep run.

  43. lolb23 says: May 23, 2012 2:18 PM

    Peyton never beat the Steelers in the playoffs. Tebow did. Just sayin’

  44. bozosforall says: May 23, 2012 2:20 PM

    CKL says:
    May 23, 2012 11:39 AM
    And before anyone chimes in that PM “ran his own offense in Indy so this is different”, it isn’t. That offense was a collaboration with Moore.

    __
    As opposed to the robot who runs the Pats offense?

  45. 49erstim says: May 23, 2012 2:25 PM

    @bathroomben….. I’d like to see you back up that claim about Peyton. The word “classless” gets thrown around a lot on this board.

    Yeah. That Eagles SB trophy will look real nice sitting with the one they won last year….oh no…awwwwww. Leave the prognosticating to Miss Cleo. In fact you should call her now for yer free readin!…….. :-)

  46. radrntn says: May 23, 2012 2:32 PM

    I’m just wondering who is starting week 5…caleb, or brock, cause you all know peyton is going down hard week 4 against the raiders

  47. bozosforall says: May 23, 2012 2:33 PM

    CKL says:
    May 23, 2012 1:34 PM
    4thquartermagic says: May 23, 2012 12:57 PM

    Its weird that some people are rooting for Manning to fail.
    Even if your not a Broncos fan all you need to be is a fan of football and you can appreciate the fact that he’s an all time great.

    Its a damn privelage to watch him play and I can’t wait to see him out there on Sundays. The NFL won’t be the same when he hangs em up.
    ___________________________________
    You have every right to your opinion.
    But…are you implying that I don’t love the game of football because I don’t root for success for or appreciate a player I dislike intensely? Really???? I wish him no physical ills but I gladly and rabidly root against him every time he steps on a field. Heroes AND villains BOTH (along with many other reasons of course) make the game compelling.

    __
    You root against him for one reason and one reason only…because he is and always be better than the QB of your favorite team. It’s been that way since Day One with you jealous haters.

  48. djflav303 says: May 23, 2012 2:38 PM

    You can tell all the raider fans on here because they have no knowledge of football, they just hate success of other teams because they don’t understand it or maybe they just forgot what it is

  49. murf17 says: May 23, 2012 2:43 PM

    Just please stop with the “they better go further than last year with Tebow” or my favorite “Tebow took over when they were 1-4 and got them to the playoffs.” How many intelligent football fans could look at this years Broncos schedule and think that Tebow would have gotten to .500 playing this year for Denver. Manning will cover up the flaws in the roster just like he did in Indy. You also need more than a good QB to win the big one so stop typing the sentence “he only has one ring.” There are only 6 active QB’s that have a ring.

  50. laeaglefan says: May 23, 2012 2:47 PM

    Despite all of the hype, Peyton Manning will not lead the Broncos to the Super Bowl. Not even close. They’ll be lucky to make the playoffs, and even if they do, will probably be eliminated in the first round.
    If this were the Peyton Manning of even 5 years ago, I might say otherwise, but this is a Manning coming off serious injury and clearly on the downhill slope of his career. Any team counting on him to be their savior is seriously misguided.

  51. r81ders says: May 23, 2012 3:19 PM

    To djflav303 not all raider fans, i dont hate on success..i like that WB Peyton he is a bad ass QB smart guy, wish oakland had picked him up but im happy with Palmer and your D cordinator who turned your D last year to be sick, hes the guy who helped Tim look so good if your D was not keeping you all in the games. At one time the AFC WEST was the best hard ass Division we are getting there again Peyton, Rivers, Palmer, C-mon KC maybe just maybe…GO RAIDERS

  52. ch8878 says: May 23, 2012 3:22 PM

    Peyton Manning maybe the best QB ever, but that offense-line didn’t seem to block well with a passing QB last year and they really didn’t do any big moves to improve that so I can see some big problems for them this year.

    Also Manning’s skills have been on the downfall and he will be playing in a blitz happy division I can see Manning retiring after this coming year.

  53. sdb0ltz says: May 23, 2012 3:25 PM

    LMAO @ Bronco Fans. Talk about homers.

    Their fans have been promising a Super Bowl with every QB since Elway. Go check their team forum, its such a joke.

  54. blacknyellablacknyella says: May 23, 2012 3:34 PM

    “riverhorsey says:May 23, 2012 12:06 PM

    Denver is now the team to beat in the AFC. No one can stop Manning, they have the best young kicker in football and one of the best defenses and the fans are crazy loud.”

    haha. did you really suggest that the broncos are the team to beat in the afc and suggest “they have the best young kicker in football” as one of the primary reasons why.

    that there . . . that’s funny.

  55. maxinquaye7 says: May 23, 2012 3:35 PM

    @ broncos81 says: May 23, 2012 12:18 PM

    “Could it be you just hate Tebow, so you just spew any nonsense you can think of without any factual basis?”

    to be fair, many who support Tebow do exactly the same thing. it’s why Tebow ‘debates’ have been rendered pretty much pointless.

  56. kingcarlbanks says: May 23, 2012 4:10 PM

    @bathroomben
    Im kinda conflicted by your comments. One one hand you claim Peyton Manning is a “classless piece of garbage”, yet on the other hand you are obviously a fan of a team who’s quarterback was convicted of torturing and murdering helpless animals. So by if Peyton is “classless” and “garbage”, what would you say about Ron “STD” Mexico, aka Inmate #758625, aka Micheal Vick?

  57. dwnbc says: May 23, 2012 5:20 PM

    Really interested to see this play out with manning

  58. raiderapologist says: May 23, 2012 9:46 PM

    sdb0ltz says: May 23, 2012 3:25 PM

    LMAO @ Bronco Fans. Talk about homers.

    Their fans have been promising a Super Bowl with every QB since Elway. Go check their team forum, its such a joke.
    —–

    Is that what Charger fan does with his spare time? We all have a new way to spell “loser”.

  59. broncos81 says: May 24, 2012 9:59 AM

    maxinquaye7 says:
    May 23, 2012 3:35 PM
    @ broncos81 says: May 23, 2012 12:18 PM

    “Could it be you just hate Tebow, so you just spew any nonsense you can think of without any factual basis?”

    to be fair, many who support Tebow do exactly the same thing. it’s why Tebow ‘debates’ have been rendered pretty much pointless.

    ——————————————–

    That is not correct, it’s just something the anti-Tebow crowd says. IMO they just try to mask unwarranted hate by saying “it’s the Tebow fans I don’t like.” Not 1 time have I seen a “Tebowmaniac” say anything about him being the greatest, a hall of famer, a great QB. All the pro Tebow crowd ever said was the Broncos sucked with Orton and if Tebow played they would win. That is what happened. Then the Anti Tebow crowd will say what they always do, “He is just a running back, he can’t throw, his completion % is 47.” Then they ignore every other fact. Oh and I love this on, “It was the defense that won anyway”. Yep it was that 20th ranked defense.

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