Broncos OC: 'No rush' on Peyton – ESPN
Updated: February 10, 2015, 5:39 PM ET
Jeff Legwold | ESPN.com
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Rick Dennison said Tuesday the team is in “no rush” to get a decision from quarterback Peyton Manning on whether he’ll play in 2015, and the team’s offense will be built around the personnel on hand.
Dennison, like the team’s other assistant coaches, is still getting moved into his new office at the Broncos’ suburban Denver complex and has begun the process of examining the team’s personnel.
[+] EnlargeKirby Lee/USA TODAY SportsBroncos offensive coordinator Rick Dennison is getting down to business in Denver, where his history with the team as a coach and a player stretches nearly 20 years.
The biggest question, at least at the moment, surrounding the Broncos’ offensive group is whether Manning will return. Manning had said on Christmas Eve he fully intended to return for 2015 “if the Broncos will have me,” but he was noncommittal following the team’s 24-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC divisional playoffs.
Asked Tuesday if he would be unable to build a playbook until Manning had formally made his announcement, Dennison said that was not the case.
“I don’t think so, we’re going to go see what we do best, see what our team ends up with, there’s certainly no rush,” Dennison said. “He deserves to take his time and figure out what he wants to do because he’s a phenomenal player.”
Multiple team sources said Tuesday that the Broncos were aware Manning was scheduled to work out with trainer Mackie Shilstone in New Orleans this week, but Manning has yet to meet with Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway, team CEO Joe Ellis and coach Gary Kubiak.
In Phoenix, two days before the Super Bowl, Manning said he wanted to look Elway, Ellis and Kubiak “in the eye” when they discussed his playing future as well as the team’s offense. Manning is expected to speak to all of those involved before Elway and Kubiak leave for the NFL scouting combine.
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