Wes Welker is Key to Denver Broncos' Game Plan to Speed Up the Tempo

By Mark Stringer
David Butler II – USA Today Sports

The Denver Broncos ran 1,090 plays last season and that was the most plays they have ran on offense in a single season since 2000. New offensive coordinator Adam Gase claims the Broncos will run even more plays with an even faster tempo on offense than in year one of the Peyton Manning era in Denver. The goal is to allow Manning to play as fast as he can and to put up as many points as quickly as possible.

This goal is usually a good goal if you can protect the football and not committ many turnovers. Manning should be able to lead this kind of offense and protect the football. The only negative to scoring fast is that your defense will not get much rest.

The new addition of Wes Welker will help make the transition to playing at a much faster tempo on offense an easier task. Welker is the perfect slot receiver; he’s short, quick, an excellent route runner and has sure hands. Manning will look the throw it quick to Welker on underneath routes early and often to keep the chains moving and the ball in the Broncos’ hands.

Welker could be even better with the Broncos that he was with the New England Patriots because of the fact that he will have two great receivers on the field with him. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker will play as the Nos. 1 and 2 receivers with Welker inside as the slot receiver, but all three will be listed as starters.

Welker should find big holes in opposing defense as they will have to pay close attention to Thomas and Decker deep down the field. If the defense covers up Welker, then the other receivers and the tight end (whether it’s Joel Dreessen or Jacob Tamme) should have man to man coverage or just simply be wide open for a big gain.

It’s going to be exciting to see the Bronocs speed up the game and see just how good they will be on offense. I’ll make some predictions that Manning completes 450 of  650 passes for a 69% completion rate, 5,200 yards, 44 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. The Broncos will win the Super Bowl and the defense will be big in the all the playoff wins with safety Rahim Moore making the biggest play for the team during the postseason. Manning will win the NFL MVP award and will edge out Moore for the Super Bowl MVP award.

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