Offseason Playbook: Broncos
A look at Denver's philosophy, team needs and a key free-agent move
In a new offseason series, Insider takes an in-depth look at NFL teams before free agency begins March 12. What is each team's philosophy on offense and defense, biggest needs and one player who could make for an ideal signing in free agency?
Offense -- The 2012 season was a drastic change in scheme from the Tim Tebow era, but now this Peyton Manning offense is well-defined and even with a new coordinator, Adam Gase (who replaced Mike McCoy, the new Chargers head coach), nothing will really change. Peyton will run this show with major input up front. They have used zone blocking, one-cut-and-go schemes along with man blocking in the last couple of years and they have thrown in some stretch-play looks that Manning ran so effectively with Indianapolis. Their creative blocking schemes will include traps, pulls and whams, which open up good play-action for Manning with one-back sets and no-huddle. They will use a lot of two-tight-end sets, mostly for the passing game, although they can chip before releasing on patterns.
In the passing game, Manning loves the shotgun with screens and slants to get the ball out quickly and avoid hits with positive yards after the catch. He will use sight adjustments a lot and his receivers must read the same thing when it comes to coverages. He is also adept at throwing the bubble screen and quick slant to beat the blitz off the edge. This is a precise passing game that requires intelligent players.
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