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Denver Broncos OC Mike McCoy: "I'd be an idiot" not to listen to Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and new quarterback Peyton Manning have worked together on the team's offensive scheme. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said quarterback Peyton Manning has helped shape the team''s offensive scheme this offseason, reports the Denver Post's Lindsay Jones.

"The first thing he said to us is, 'Listen, you guys have a system in place. I want to learn your system, but also have the flexibility to do some of the things we've done for the last 14 years in Indy,' " McCoy said Thursday. "Hey, I'd be an idiot if I didn't listen to him."

McCoy also revealed that the team began looking at Manning's offense with the Colts before the quarterback had been released by Indianapolis. The coaching staff wanted to be prepared to present to Manning if he became a free agent.

So far, the coordinator and quarterback say they are getting along well as the offense takes shape.

"Peyton's been great, he's been flexible on a lot of things," McCoy said.

"He's been open since Day 1 to trying a lot of new things that we've done, or things we've already been doing here for a number of years that he's never done. He wants our opinion on those things.

"And then some things we've taken from his past. Hey, I'll be the first one to ask questions with him saying, 'What can we do different here' or 'How can I change this' or 'Is this a better protection for this play.' We're all in it together."
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