ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- During this week's OTAs, the Denver Broncos offense worked on pace.
And that pace will be as fast, or slow, as quarterback Peyton Manning wants it to be, based on what he thinks is appropriate at the time.
"We're going to go as fast as basically the quarterback needs to go on that particular series," offensive coordinator Adam Gase said after Wednesday's OTA workout. "He has the tools to speed it up, slow it down, huddle; every series will probably be a little bit different. We'll talk about it on the sideline and determine that before we go out on the field."
Sometimes that will mean going with the no-huddle, where Manning is considered a master. Sometimes not.
"(Manning) has the flexibility to do that," Gase said. "A lot of times we do have some calls where we just go. I'm able to say, 'Hey, we need to slow it down here.' He has the ability to slow it down. If I call a play and he wants to take a peek (at the defense), he has the ability to slow that down. He's able to change the pace of the drive. We can be in the third play and he could slow it down, he can speed it back up. We have the ability to code-word things and guys know that there are trigger words to say, 'Hey, we're going now.'"
Although Manning is front and center in any discussion about the Broncos offense, the team does have other quarterbacks Gase is gauging, including seventh round draft pick Zac Dysert from Miami, Ohio, and hard to miss, 6-8 Brock Osweiler, a second-round pick out of Arizona State in 2012.
Gase said Dysert is catching on fast.
"He's done a good job of digesting what we've given him and trying to execute on the field," Gase said of Dysert. "I wasn't at the Senior Bowl, so I'm not sure how he was there. From what I gathered from the information we got from our scouts, he is a pretty calm and cool guy, so that's what I've seen from him out here."
Aside from his height, the most conspicuous thing about Osweiler is the speed of his passes, which is a concern at times.
"Coach Knapp, if he feels like he's throwing too many fastballs, he'll tell him to take a little off and know who you're throwing to," Gase said, naming quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp. "Obviously, when you're throwing to a receiver you might juice it up a little bit. Sometimes halfbacks, tight ends; maybe not so much. Our tight ends, I wouldn't really worry about it. We have guys with some pretty good hands."
On the subject of good hands, Gase was asked how former Patriots star wide receiver Wes Welker is fitting in the offense, or vice versa.
"He's done a good job picking up our offense," Gase observed. "There have been a few changes for him as far as terminology and he's done a good job of picking it up. We are trying to use him to the best of his skillset. That means digging a little deep into our playbook and doing some of the things that he did well in his past."
As for himself, Gase credits former offensive coordinator Mike McCoy for preparing him to do the job.
"I think one of the things that happened for me the last two years is that Mike McCoy did a great job of letting me kind of help him in everything we did," Gase offered. "I owe him a lot because he was always kind of preparing me for this role just in case something did happen and he did move on. And that is one thing that I'll never be able to thank Mike enough for doing for me to make sure that I was ready when I got in this position.
"I've enjoyed it. I'm just glad that we were able to keep our coaching staff together. Coach Knapp I've known for a few years. I happened to work with some of the guys in Detroit that he was with in San Francisco, so we've had some crossover. Our staff, that group of guys we've got, we're a tight-knit group and we're able to communicate very well."