"I've always said some no huddles are simply not huddling," Manning said during a 13-3 season in which the Broncos won 11 consecutive games. "They're not moving that quickly, not pushing the pace.
I'm just of a mind that we can get to where we can run the offense as quickly as we want to, really push the pace. The quicker we can run it, the better we can be. But some of that just takes time. You can't make up five, six years (playing together). There's no way to fast forward that time that has to be spent."
Manning and his receivers will spend a lot of time together before the Broncos start their offseason workouts in mid-April. Manning believes the offense's performance is rooted in timing and split-second decisions made at game speed by a quarterback and receivers who know what each is thinking after the ball is snapped.
Manning offered an example when he said he and former Colts receiver Marvin Harrison played together so long, they could change a play as Harrison went in motion behind Manning.
"Those are the things you're looking for," Manning said, "but it takes time. There isn't really any way to duplicate that in one season, one offseason, one set of minicamps, one training camp. You can't.
"I do know that I've enjoyed the work ethic everybody has shown. Everybody wants to get that timing and everybody knows it's about putting the work in."
Because most of Denver's offensive coaching staff has stayed intact, progress and refinement probably will come more quickly this offseason. Manning won't be learning a new playbook, new receivers and a new coaching staff