Last year, Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy tailored the play calling and game planning to his two different quarterbacks, changing things up after Denver benched Kyle Orton for Tim Tebow. This year, McCoy is ready to change his offense for a quarterback again.
In fact, McCoy sounds like he’d be willing to essentially cede the role of offensive coordinator to Manning, and McCoy is just happy that Manning is interested in learning about the Broncos’ system.
“The first thing he said to us is, ‘Listen, you guys have a system in place. I want to learn your system, but also have the flexibility to do some of the things we’ve done for the last 14 years in Indy,’ ” McCoy said, via the Denver Post. “Hey, I’d be an idiot if I didn’t listen to him.”
McCoy described himself and Manning as partners in preparing the offense.
“Peyton’s been great, he’s been flexible on a lot of things,” McCoy said. “He’s been open since Day 1 to trying a lot of new things that we’ve done, or things we’ve already been doing here for a number of years that he’s never done. He wants our opinion on those things. And then some things we’ve taken from his past. Hey, I’ll be the first one to ask questions with him saying, ‘What can we do different here’ or ‘How can I change this’ or ‘Is this a better protection for this play.’ We’re all in it together.”
McCoy is smart to listen to Manning. There aren’t many coaches who are that eager to allow their players to call the shots, but there aren’t many players like Peyton Manning.