Peyton Manning wants the Broncos offense to play faster, Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post reports.
“We can play faster,” Manning told me, as we stood in a cramped video transmission room at the team’s practice facility.
Faster? Could Manning get specific? Of course he could. Because you know Manning, an ardent student of the game, has done the math.
“I think we averaged something like 68 plays per game last season,” said Manning, feigning not to know the exact number, in the same way the smartest kid in class plays a little dumb for the benefit of C+ students like me in the room.
So I looked it up: During the 2012 NFL regular season, the Broncos averaged 68.13 plays per game.
“And I think New England was No. 1 in the league with 75 plays per game,” Manning said.
“For whatever reason, our offense plays better the faster we go. I think that was clear cut last season. The receivers liked it; they got into a rhythm,” Manning said. “Anything we can do as an offense to build off that, anything we can do to make us more efficient as an offense, that’s what we’re looking to do.”