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Peyton Manning says he wasn’t in Alabama with Adam Gase


The NFL is looking into the possibility that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and offensive coordinator Adam Gase violated NFL rules about coaches and players working together outside prescribed times in the offseason when they met with Alabama coach Nick Saban recently, although Manning has now joined Saban in saying the meetings took place separately.

Saban said that the two Broncos only saw each other to say hello and that the meeting he had with Manning was about Manning “asking questions about how he could get better as a player.” Manning met reporters Monday as the Broncos opened up their offseason program and also said that he and Gase were in Alabama separately while agreeing with Saban about the reason for his visit.

“I know there isn’t a rule that says you can’t get better,” Manning said, via Lindsay Jones of USA Today.

There is a rule against coaches and players working together in the offseason, though, and the league will decide whether or not Manning and Gase violated it in Alabama. We’ve heard complaints about the rule from Ravens coach John Harbaugh and others, which could lead to discussions about changing it the next time the union and the league discuss such matters.

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56 Responses to “Peyton Manning says he wasn’t in Alabama with Adam Gase”
  1. kwjsb says: Apr 21, 2014 2:54 PM

    Hopefully they didn’t happen to go to the same theater to watch “Draft Day”, I am sure that would be a violation of NFL rules.


  2. nyyjetsknicks says: Apr 21, 2014 2:55 PM

    He should just be embarrassed by being in Alabama.

  3. jayhawk6 says: Apr 21, 2014 2:55 PM

    If you believe in coincidences, then Peyton’s lame response will hold water.

  4. jdbaker01 says: Apr 21, 2014 2:56 PM

    Can we enact a rule that we stop talking about this?

  5. ninerboi says: Apr 21, 2014 2:59 PM

    Still a better love story than Twilight.

  6. raiders85 says: Apr 21, 2014 2:59 PM

    Its a foolish rule but still a rule and apparently another one Peyton is above bet if Tony Romo and his oc was somewhere people would be crying but i guess a 1~2 super bowl record puts you above a cba

  7. scoops1 says: Apr 21, 2014 3:01 PM

    you mean they weren’t filming a Papa Johns commercial together in Bama…?

  8. tmac4454 says: Apr 21, 2014 3:01 PM

    aban said that the two Broncos only saw each other to say hello and that the meeting he had with Manning was about Manning “asking questions about how he could get better as a player.”

    Why is he asking Sabin? Sabin is a good collegiate coach but sucked in the NFL…

  9. chargersdiehard says: Apr 21, 2014 3:04 PM

    Just when it had been a month without reading big head’s name.

  10. thekingdave says: Apr 21, 2014 3:04 PM

    Someone’s lying.

  11. realnflmaster says: Apr 21, 2014 3:06 PM

    Looks like Saban rubbed off on him

  12. montrealraider says: Apr 21, 2014 3:06 PM

    This is such nonsense. Does anybody really believes if Peyton Manning wanted to talk to Adam Gase about the season ahead they would do it in public at Alabama??

  13. redrew says: Apr 21, 2014 3:08 PM

    I picked them up at the airport……together

  14. jda129 says: Apr 21, 2014 3:11 PM

    Obviously a Gase of mistaken identity.

  15. phillyguyindc says: Apr 21, 2014 3:12 PM

    It’s so stupid that two people employed by the same company can’t talk to each other if they want to.

  16. just4given says: Apr 21, 2014 3:14 PM

    Jayhawk – Manning’s lame repsonse matches his right arm. The most overhyped player in my fifty years. Not every QB has had the luxury of two likley HOF wide outs in his first stop and a plethora of Pro Bowlers at his next. Now the same kool-aid is already being drunk at the NFL Network. Oh – the Broncos are in an arms race with the Patriots. The only arms race the Broncos should be in is finding a QB with a live arm. You can’t make a living against a real defense throwing the ball 10 yards and under.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 21, 2014 3:16 PM

    Instead, Peyton went to Carolina. With a banjo on his knee.

  18. tvjules says: Apr 21, 2014 3:19 PM

    Peyton is attempting the Jedi mind trick, similar to “these aren’t the droids you’re looking for.

  19. scw1993 says: Apr 21, 2014 3:19 PM

    manning just “wants to get better” so he figures he’ll break a rule and see his oc. He knows he’ll never get pinged for any rules violation, no penalty, no consequence, no fine, not even a warning, so he does whatever he wants. It may be a dumb rule, but it’s still a rule for the other players. Until it’s no longer a rule, he should pay the price….but he won’t.

  20. Carl Brutananadilewski says: Apr 21, 2014 3:21 PM

    It is a stupid rule, but this looks like a case of making it up as they go after the beans were spilled…

  21. brucealmty says: Apr 21, 2014 3:22 PM

    They are lying; hang them all.

  22. raiderufan says: Apr 21, 2014 3:25 PM

    I get the intent of the rule and the rule should be in place to safe guard both the player and the teams….but maybe it should be worded better or revisited if it procludes players and coaches voluntarily being in the same place in a mutual effort to get better at the game of football.

    If these are the instances that the rule is enforced than the rule is flawed.

  23. scw1993 says: Apr 21, 2014 3:25 PM

    “I know there isn’t a rule that says you can’t get better,” Manning said

    Smug punk.

  24. sylpkt says: Apr 21, 2014 3:30 PM

    When pressed about where he was on the night in question, he yelled “Omaha, Omaha” in the microphone, then preceded to realign the reporters in front of him to make it harder for fans to get an autograph. Then he pointed at the channel 52 reporter, saying, “52 is Mike”, “52 is Mike” to which everyone around realized it’s still a few months from football season and they were wasting their lives feeding the beast that is media and the NFL

  25. theuglitruth says: Apr 21, 2014 3:33 PM

    Just happens to be in the same city at the same time….to meet the same person. What are the odds of that?

  26. lombarditrophies says: Apr 21, 2014 3:33 PM

    Sounds like a really stupid rule.

  27. denverdougz says: Apr 21, 2014 3:36 PM

    Oh man, the hate is real. Oh well, Bring it on losers, your tears are delicious.

  28. 69finfan says: Apr 21, 2014 3:39 PM

    Question: How can you tell when Nick Saban is lying? Answer: When his lips are moving.

  29. lscratchingthesurface says: Apr 21, 2014 3:44 PM

    Stupid rule; however, Peyton isn’t being truthful.

  30. rushbacker says: Apr 21, 2014 3:57 PM

    Did Peyton also say that he would not be the coach at Alabama?

  31. dscol715 says: Apr 21, 2014 3:57 PM

    All of you people saying this is a stupid rule aren’t actually thinking. If there were no rules like this coaches would bother the players 12 months a year. The players didn’t want that so they collectively bargained this rule.

  32. tremoluxman says: Apr 21, 2014 4:02 PM

    Next week, they’ll all be swearing that they never even heard of each other.

  33. realdealsteel says: Apr 21, 2014 4:05 PM

    Peyton is a flat out lier.

  34. sportzpig says: Apr 21, 2014 4:05 PM

    Can’t they just consult the tide charts for last week? If the tides were high, the gravitaional pull from Peyton’s melon tells us he was close to the gulf coast…

  35. ghjjf says: Apr 21, 2014 4:07 PM

    How could Hick Saban possibly help Manning get better as an NFL player. Saban was a terrible NFL coach and fled the league faster than light.

  36. patriotsarespygaters says: Apr 21, 2014 4:13 PM

    Thats right he is still in the hospital after his choking accident from the superbowl

  37. myworldurjuslivinit says: Apr 21, 2014 4:18 PM

    Payton also says he wasn’t in the Super Bowl…jus sayin.

  38. jjackwagon says: Apr 21, 2014 4:27 PM

    Last week Saban said that Manning & Gase were on a visit together. This week he says they were there but separately. So was he lying the first time, the second time or both times. Gase & Melon head should both be suspended for the season.

  39. granadafan says: Apr 21, 2014 4:31 PM

    Well, it IS the SEC after all. Cheating is a way of life there.

  40. 1rockyracoon says: Apr 21, 2014 4:47 PM

    How many if the people criticising the NFL offseason rules don’t mind it when their boss calls them into work during their vacation? Manning’s arrogant response is childish. All the time off he had and he just happened to be at the same exact college as Gase. Talk about a coincidence. He should be spending more time with Eli. Eli can teach him how to be clutch in a Super Bowl.

  41. joetoronto says: Apr 21, 2014 5:06 PM

    Stupid rule or not, Manning is lying and making everyone look stupid.

    The Bronco’s are cheating again, surprise!

  42. chrisk61 says: Apr 21, 2014 5:29 PM

    i wonder if saban the pride of miami charged him 105 K.

    i hope peyton the playoff choker and gase got a package deal discount.

    HA HA HA

  43. irishinyourface says: Apr 21, 2014 5:34 PM

    manning is a t h u g

  44. readysethike says: Apr 21, 2014 5:40 PM

    i believe Congress should get involved and hold a hearing to get to the bottom of this.

  45. saildawg1930 says: Apr 21, 2014 5:48 PM

    He may not have been in Tuscaloosa, but his forehead was.

  46. iamthegreatcornflorio says: Apr 21, 2014 6:03 PM

    Sounds like these guys can’t get their stories straight. The donks have never had problems bending or breaking the rules. I suspect that Peyton and the coaching staff are working together in the offseason to gain an unfair advantage. The donks should have ZERO picks in the upcoming draft.

  47. Go-Hawks! says: Apr 21, 2014 6:06 PM

    No, I wouldn’t want my boos to be able to demand that I come in on the weekend. But I would like the option to come in on the weekend if I so choose.

    Stupid rule.

  48. TheWizard says: Apr 21, 2014 7:34 PM

    If Peyton said it, it’s good enough for me.

    Never given me a reason to doubt his word.

    I never blamed him for the extra crowd noise on the loudspeakers, that had to be Polian or Saint Dungy.

  49. cjpom664 says: Apr 21, 2014 7:34 PM

    Gotta love NFL stories in April.


  50. uglydingo says: Apr 21, 2014 7:58 PM

    Archie – your boy has over $100M in the bank (he may own the bank by now), but being caught out lying like this is not a good look. Remind him where he came from and the principles of honesty and integrity that you always stood for. Those things get taught at the Manning QB Coaching Academy, don’t they?

  51. brokenrope says: Apr 21, 2014 8:00 PM

    “Johnny U” is always trying to get the upper hand by getting a jump on the season, but asking somebody for advice who loses games in the last 6 seconds, WHAT A JOKE!!

  52. goodguyattorney says: Apr 21, 2014 9:42 PM

    I just have to say these are some of the funniest comments I’ve read in a while.

  53. dalcow4 says: Apr 21, 2014 9:57 PM

    He’s lying, but it’s such a dumb rule that no one cares.

  54. drewzducks says: Apr 21, 2014 11:56 PM

    After watching this year’s Super Bowl, apparently there IS a rule that says you can’t get better.

  55. listenup823 says: Apr 22, 2014 12:36 PM

    For those who are calling for Peyton to be suspended for the season..(raider, charger, chief fans) keep dreaming.. Your nightmare won’t be over for at least 2 more years… Losers

  56. jamwill1961 says: Apr 22, 2014 2:30 PM

    Well New England cheated and got away with it !! And johnny football took cash and not a check and got away with it ! So what’s the big deal !! Lol

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