Many assumed that the question of whether the Broncos violated the NFL’s rules regarding offseason meetings between players and coaches was resolved when Denver quarterback Peyton Manning told the media that: (1) he knows the rules; and (2) there’s no rule against getting better.
But there are rules against getting better; otherwise, coaches could conduct meetings and practices throughout the year, whenever they want, all in the name of helping the players get better.
While it’s unclear whether the NFL will impose discipline against the Broncos for allowing offensive coordinator Adam Gase to meet with Manning during a mutual visit to Alabama to see coach Nick Saban (if that indeed happened), the NFL has not closed the book on the issue.
“It is pending,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT via email on Wednesday. “It is being reviewed.”
The review should be a short one, if Saban and Manning will be taken at their word. But maybe the NFL has opted to look more closely at this one, which if not a premeditated violation of the rules was at a minimum a huge coincidence.
The fact that the NFL is reviewing the situation means that it won’t quickly be brushed under the rug. It ultimately may be brushed under the rug, but it won’t be quick.
Meanwhile, the NFLPA has not commented on the situation, and on whether the reported meeting violates CBA provisions that arose in part from the lawsuit to which Manning and other franchise quarterbacks attached their names in 2011.