Tacked onto the bottom of the article from Lindsay Jones was an item from Jeff Legwold regarding the limitations that will apply to Peyton’s efforts to get acclimated, courtesy of the new CBA.
“I’m going to have to get up to speed on the rules,” Manning said. “I know we don’t have nearly as much time as we used to. It’s like free agency. It was never an issue for me before. I didn’t know the rules there either. . . . I’ve got a lot to study.”
It’ll be a short course. As compiled by Legwold, the rules are fairly simple.
1. Manning can work out with new teammates on his own until April 16, as long as those workouts don’t occur at the team’s facility and no member of the coaching staff supervises.
2. Manning may throw with the training staff and medical staff as part of his ongoing rehab. No receivers under contract with the team may participate, until April 16.
3. Manning can engage in “voluntary study” of the playbook, as long as the playbook is available to any other player. (Which shouldn’t be a problem; Manning will make sure every member of the offense has a copy and is actively reviewing it.)
4. The coaches can’t answer any of his questions about the playbook or provide any additional coaching materials until April 16.
Here’s where it gets even more interesting. If Manning is getting the keys to the offense in Denver, what does the playbook look like? It could be that Manning will be spending the next few weeks compiling his own playbook and sharing it with his teammates.
Regardless of the details, it’s safe to say Manning will be running the show on offense with the Broncos. And that process starts now, once he figures out how to mesh his running of the show on offense with the in’s and out’s and do’s and don’ts of the new CBA.