Peyton Manning Indicates Offense Will Go For it on 4th Down More Often This Season


Last season, Denver's offense was plagued by conservative play calling and a fear of going for it on 4th-and-short situations. In 2013, that won't be the case, says quarterback Peyton Manning.

This will make the guys over at very happy.

After John Fox became the head coach in 2011 and while Mike McCoy was running the offense, the Denver Broncos were frustratingly conservative on offense. We all remember them kneeling to go into overtime against the Baltimore Ravens in January and we can all recall at least one time when they opted to kick over going for it on 4th-and-short.

This season, that is poised to change.

When former quarterbacks coach Adam Gase was promoted to offensive coordinator earlier in the offseason, he said all of the right things.

"We're looking to go pedal to the metal, play as fast as possible, be aggressive and score as many points as possible every game," Gase said in January.

Thus far through the preseason, the offense has not disappointed, playing at a fast tempo and choosing to go for it on 4th-and-1 against the St. Louis Rams last week. The play resulted in a touchdown and may have been a preview of things to come this season.

When he appeared on the Dave Logan Show on AM 850 KOA on Tuesday, quarterback Peyton Manning asked fans to be quiet when the offense is operating, especially on third and fourth downs (DUH!). Manning also gave this nugget (emphasis added):

"I believe we are going to go for it on some fourth downs this year and maybe not cheering when we’re going for it on fourth down – wait and see and if we get it, cheer then," Manning said, via

That's comforting to hear, especially considering that the numbers are on the offense's side in such scenarios.

According to's Douglas Lee, Manning is 45-of-63 for 323 yards, nine scores, and zero picks, with a 122.6 rating over his past three seasons (including 2009 and 2010 with the Colts) when going for it on third and fourth down situations with two or fewer yards to go. He has converted 86-of-131 tries, which is a 65.5 percent success rate.

The offense being more aggressive will only make Denver more dangerous this fall. Look out, NFL.

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