The offensive system that quarterback Peyton Manning will run with the Denver Broncos is likely to resemble the offense that Manning ran while he was with the Indianapolis Colts.
“As he would tell you, he’s done it a certain way for 14 years and he’s had great success,” Broncos Coach John Fox said at the NFL owners’ meetings in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday. “It would be silly if we didn’t utilize some of his strengths and his comfort zone.”
The Broncos won the Manning sweepstakes when they signed the four-time league most valuable player last week.
After Manning was released by the Colts, the teams involved in the pursuit of him knew they likely would have to be willing to make adjustments on offense to accommodate Manning, who is said to have had great input into the way his offense was run in Indianapolis.
The Broncos demonstrated their flexibility in that regard last season, when they adjusted their offense after Tim Tebow took over as the starter and reached the playoffs. Now Tebow is gone, having been traded to the New York Jets after Manning was signed, and another overhaul of the offensive scheme could be in store.
“Every offseason, there’s going to be change,” Fox said at the AFC coaches’ breakfast at the annual league meeting. “We had an opportunity to get a great player like Peyton and that makes you adjust. We did some great things with Tim. . . . He took that step for us. Now he’s moved on.”