About that new defense?

When it was all over Saturday, with scattered players signing autographs after the offense bounded down the field for two hours as if on a pogo stick, it seemed like there had been a lot of misplaced fuss this offseason.

The Broncos held their annual summer scrimmage at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. It represented an opportunity for a fresh start, a chance to unveil the defense's extreme makeover pro- ject with the 38,620 fans screaming "Move that bus!"

Then Peyton Manning took the first snap at the 35-yard-line on the sun-bleached turf, and it was as if the 2013 season never ended. The Broncos' historically prolific offense zoomed through the revamped defense in all combinations. Ones vs. twos. Twos vs. ones. Threes vs. threes.

It mattered little who was under center as Manning, Brock Osweiler and Zac Dysert marched down the field, finishing unofficially 14-for-17, including seven consecutive completions by Dysert.

"It was good to get the operation of it. I had (offensive coordinator) Adam (Gase) in my ear. It was just 11 guys on the field," Manning said. "It's the first time this particular unit has been on the field with nobody else out there. There's no equipment guys out there with you. No coaches. It is Orlando (Franklin) at left guard. Emmanuel (Sanders) is in there. Montee (Ball) is in there. It is kind of a start of hopefully something good."