The Broncos are going to be running at breakneck speeds this season even with return man Trindon Holliday off the field, too.
New offensive coordinator Adam Gase wants to speed things and play even faster than last year. The possibility is there especially with Peyton Manning steering the ship.
“There is no waiting around,” wide receiver Eric Decker said. “We want to start fast. Last year I think we struggled a little bit in the first half with putting points up and getting into a rhythm early. The second half was kind of our strength. So, we want to maximize the time we have out here to get better and to play all four quarters as best we can.”
As much as practicing at an up-tempo pace is going to help the offense, it’s going to help the Broncos’ defense just as much.
“Actually, it’s good,” safety Mike Adams said. “I love it because it gets us conditioned. You’ve got a couple of teams that run the no huddle; Patriots and Baltimore do a little bit of it. It helps both sides get well conditioned, especially in this altitude.”
Whether or not the Broncos will make it to 89 snaps on offense like the New England Patriots did last year, we’ll have to wait and see. If there’s an opportunity to get up to that speed, now is the time to do it. Manning isn’t getting any younger at 37 years old and now he’s two years removed from neck surgery. Now is the time to really test his arm.
The Broncos will be in full pads for the first time during Saturday’s practice.