Let's put the Broncos' new up- tempo offensive wrinkle into paragraph form:

Peyton Manning barks once he gets the snap and passes to Wes Welker for a 10-yard gain the Broncos run up to the line Manning barks once he hands off to Montee Ball for 6 yards the Broncos run up to the line while the defense can't substitute because there's no time to get fresh players on the field and Manning shouts and there's the snap and here's a pass downfield to Demaryius Thomas and Hurry! Hurry! The Broncos are in the red zone and the altitude is sucking oxygen from the opposing defensive tackles, whose minds wonder is oxygen made up of H2O or CO2? And they don't know why they're having such thoughts in the middle of a game and the sellout crowd at Sports Authority Field at Mile High is excited as Manning gets the snap.


"I love it," guard Zane Beadles said of the fast-break pace. "I think it could be a huge advantage for us. And it's a lot of fun."

Ordinarily, the Secret Service doesn't guard the president with the intensity in which the Broncos protect their strategic secrets. The offseason work with the faster-paced offense, though, has been so different, so invigorating, the team can't help communicate the possibilities.

The other day, new cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was asked about the quality of wide receivers he was covering each day in practice.

"Especially with the tempo that they've been (practicing) — in and out of the huddle, getting to the line of scrimmage," he said.

Screeeech! Let's put the brakes on all of this fast-tempo offense talk. During the Broncos' final OTA session Thursday at team headquarters, they worked on their ball-control, "four-minute" offense designed to protect the lead. There will be the occasional yawns from the offense in 2013. With Manning at quarterback, the Broncos will have series where they huddle up and walk up to their stances, series where he methodically calls plays and checks to audibles at the line of scrimmage, series where they go no huddle and go faster than the defense can nickel.

It's not like the 2013 Broncos are about to become the Oregon Ducks.

"No," coach John Fox said, "but we might have that ability. We'll see what we're good at."

Forgive Broncos fans if when they read and hear reports about how fast Manning is directing the offense this offseason, they immediately wonder if their team is going New England fast. As in Week 5 of the 2012 season, when quarterback Tom Brady used one word to signal a play call and the Patriots got off an astounding 89 plays against a bewildered Denver defense.