Manning to play faster: Much like the Pistol and the read option, up-tempo offenses are all the rage in the NFL — look no further than three of the four teams playing in this weekend’s conference championship games. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that new Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase says he wants the team’s offense to be a more fast-paced group in 2013. Considering how quickly Peyton Manning generally gets his team to the line of scrimmage, it will be interesting to see how much faster he can operate. But when you look at the success guys like Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco had in 2012 with more up-tempo attacks, it’s easy to believe that Manning could be that much more effective if he doesn’t give defenses a chance to catch their breath.
Kelly doesn’t commit to a QB: When Chip Kelly was hired as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach, everyone wondered who he would tab as the quarterback to run his read-option spread offense. Everyone can keep wondering, because Kelly gave no indication which way he was leaning during his introductory press conference Thursday. Michael Vick has the skill set to be successful in the up-tempo attack, but injuries and turnover issues make him a continued risk. Meanwhile, Nick Foles is a much younger quarterback, but doesn’t appear to have the tools necessary to lead the offense. Guys who can flourish in the read-option attack don’t come along every day — despite the success Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick all displayed this season — so it might not be easy for Kelly to find his man.
Weeden’s future in doubt?: The Cleveland Browns introduced former NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi as the team’s new vice president of player personnel Friday, which doesn’t sound like a good deal for quarterback Brandon Weeden. Lombardi once described the Browns selection of the quarterback as a “panicked disaster” and said that Colt McCoy would be a better option for the Browns. Contrast that with new head coach Rob Chudzinski, whose idea of a vertical offense would seem to be better suited to Weeden’s big arm. We might have just found the first new battle to be fought in Cleveland.
– Marcas Grant
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