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January 12, 2013

Broncos QB Peyton Manning wrote the book on speed reading

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In the NFL, an offense has 40 seconds from the end of a given play to get the ball snapped on the next play, or 25 seconds after the ball is spotted after an administrative stoppage such as a penalty, timeout or end of a quarter. Manning tries to vary the pace of the offense, although he seldom goes at the full-throttle speed that Brady uses with the Patriots.

“The key is how fast you’re going,” Manning said. “Some teams go no-huddle, but it’s simply not huddling, it’s not really fast-paced. I think you want to constantly look at that. The faster we go, the better we can be.

“And the more we see how people play us, how they defend us in certain situations, how they react to things we do, the better it will be, the better we can prepare for how we want to handle things.”

There’s a more patient, cerebral feel to the no-huddle now than there was two decades ago, when Jim Kelly was running the fast-paced “K-Gun” offense for the Buffalo Bills.

“We did it because that’s the pace we felt comfortable with, and also it tired the defensive linemen out,” Kelly recalled. “Our offensive linemen were in such great shape that there were times if I would slow the pace down some, (center) Kent Hull would say, ‘Come on, man, pick it up! Pick it up!’

“We didn’t want those big guys on the other side to get an extra breath, or be able to continue to substitute back and forth. There wasn’t a lot of disguising coverages, because defenses really didn’t have time to do that.”

There were times, Kelly said, when defenses actually would beg the Bills to take their foot off the gas.

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