Manning says he won't be Broncos' OC

Peyton Manning has always presented himself as the consummate professional, so when he was introduced Tuesday at an afternoon press conference in Denver, there was no reason to think he would act any other way.

Manning indicated that he wants to win "now" with the Broncos and lead them back to Super Bowl championships a place they have not been since his new boss, John Elway, was still quarterbacking the team.

"I plan on playing for a long time. I realize I don't have 14 years left, but at the same time this isn't something (long term)... this is a now. We're trying to win right now, and that's all I'm thinking about," Manning said at the press conference.

Manning indicated that he was not coming to the Broncos to be the team's new offensive coordinator, but instead to be a teammate.

Manning and Elway touched on other topics, such as Tim Tebow, whom Manning said he would welcome as a teammate. Despite that show of generosity, Tebow is still likely to be traded.

"I know what kind of player and person Tim Tebow is. If Tim Tebow is here next year, I'm going to be the best teammate he has. If another opportunity presents itself, them I'm going to wish him the best whereever he goes," Manning said.

For more highlights of Manning's introductory presser in Denver, the Denver Post has it.

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