Peyton Manning Must Do Less to Succeed More with Denver Broncos Offense

Zach KruseSenior Analyst ISeptember 23, 2012

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 23:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos drops back to pass against the Houston Texans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 23, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Quarterback Peyton Manning may actually gain more for the Denver Broncos offense by putting less on his plate moving forward.

While Manning is arguably the most cerebral quarterback of all time, there are a number of ways he could lessen his load and make the offense more efficient overall. 

Here's a quick breakdown of how Manning and the Broncos can simplify for the better as this season progresses:


Fewer Audibles/No-Huddles

Few quarterbacks in the history of this game have used audibles and the no-huddle as effectively as Manning. During his years with the Indianapolis Colts, Manning practically called a majority of games from the line of scrimmage.

But keep in mind, that ease with audibles and the no-huddle came through years and years of using the same system in Indianapolis. 

Manning is in the first year of a new offense and new teammates in Denver.

Until the Broncos get more comfortable in the offense (they are just months into learning an entirely new playbook and system), Manning should play at a more traditional tempo. Even some of the audibles at the line of scrimmage could be toned down until the offense is comfortably on the same page. 

Once there's a better understanding (something that can happen even this season), Manning can get back to being the offensive coordinator on the field. 


Tone Down the Deep Passing

Manning has never possessed a rocket arm, but it's clear early this season that the arm strength isn't all the way back. His three interceptions in Atlanta last week were a result both of bad decisions and the lack of arm strength to complete the pass. 

One thing Manning has always been able to do is fit passes into tight windows over the short to intermediate range. He's made a career off making the right read and then possessing the accuracy to pinpoint those throws. 

The Broncos offense should make sure that is the focus in the passing game every week. Manning doesn't need to be forcing throws down the seam until there's more proof that the arm strength is back to where it was previously. 


Fight Fire with Fire

The Broncos have run the football well in two weeks, which is one way to slow down an effective pass rush. But another resource Denver hasn't really dipped into under Manning is the screen game.

Screens promote pressure at their very core, but if done correctly, a screen or two a game can make pass-rushers think twice about exploding upfield.  

This isn't to say that the Broncos offensive line has struggled this season. It's mostly played exceptionally well in two games. But there have been stretches when protection has broken down and the screen wasn't successfully utilized.

Even receiver screens, like the one to Demaryius Thomas in Week 1 for a long touchdown, need to see more play in games. They are effective both on an X's and O's level and on a physical level with Manning's current arm.