Manning probe isn’t a concern
Peyton Manning is a bad man.
He spends his offseason cheating.
Under a policy that was installed in 2011, National Football League players are not permitted to participate in group or individual meetings with coaches until offseason workout programs officially begin today.
Because Manning and his offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos, Adam Gase, were recently on the University of Alabama campus at the same time, the NFL and the NFL Players Union are investigating what may have been a violation of Article 21, Section 2(a)(ii) of the collective bargaining agreement.
While Manning, Gase and/or the Broncos could be disciplined in some fashion — fines and/or suspensions in varying degree, even loss of draft choices are possibilities in such investigations — this is much ado about nothing.
The incident came about because Manning doesn’t do nothing well.
So, he flies around the country while the rest of his NFL brethren are sleeping.
He flies because he can afford it and he flies with purpose: He wants to pick the brains of select college coaches who are in the midst of spring practice sessions.
Yes, the Great Manning, even at age 38, wants to improve and will go to great lengths to do so.
And now, the Bronco quarterback, last season’s Most Valuable Player, is being investigated by the NFL, according to Kevin Patra of NFL.com, for having the unmitigated gall to show up at the same time as that super sneaky Gase.
Manning showed up in Tuscaloosa on a Thursday to talk briefly with legendary coach Nick Saban (a good friend of Manning’s father, Archie, by the way) about ways to combat defenses using the no-huddle offense.
Gase, a former assistant of Saban’s, had already been on campus for several days talking with ‘Bama coaches when Manning arrived on campus.
The crux of the investigation is apparently whether or not Manning and Gase got together or were in meetings at the same time to talk football.
According to Saban, he and Manning talked football, plenty of it. It was mutually beneficial, Saban said.
Saban said he and Gase did not talk football, only passing a few pleasantries about families. “He and I just visited casually,” Saban said. “Adam was with me through two different college programs (at Michigan State and LSU).”
Is Saban to be believed, or is this a well-organized plot to bend rules and find a way to catch up with that dastardly Seattle Seahawks group?
Are the Broncos, Manning and Gase in particular, cheaters, cheaters, pumpkin eaters?
Give it a rest, NFL.
Manning, as has been the case since he was roughly 5 years old, outworks everybody— all the time.
Instead of spending his time like 98 percent of the other athletes during the offseason working on suntans, golf swings or simply bonding with children, Manning continues to work.
And in this case, that means trying to improve. He has also, according to reports, visited with coaches at several other colleges, among them Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Now, the NFL and the players union will spend worthless time investigating what Saban described as “just trying to learn.”
The investigation, such as it is, will go on.
A few weeks ago, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett and quarterback Tony Romo visited Duke University for a basketball game. It was, as the NFL said, a non-football social gathering.
Manning and Gase wasn’t a non-football social gathering.
But it wasn’t some well-thought-out spy plot. And it wasn’t a violation of the collective bargaining agreement.
It was just one of life’s little coincadinks.
Now, let’s move on to something truly important, like the draft.