The first rule of Broncos practice? You don’t touch Peyton Manning. The second rule of Broncos practice? If you have a dream where you even accidentally touch Peyton Manning, you better wake up and apologize.
Questions were asked concerning how Manning is treated during practice, to which Miller replied with some humorous but unsurprising answers.
“I have never even touched...even got close to Peyton Manning,” Miller said. “We know how important he is to our team.”
The reporter pressed him, asking what would happen if someone laid a hit on Manning during a practice. Miller’s answer? They would be Dexter-ized.
“He’d probably end up missing...we don’t get close to Peyton.”
In other words—no touching.
You don’t hit an NFL quarterback during practice. As Cameron Frye would say, he could get wrecked, scratched...breathed on the wrong way. Of all quarterbacks, Manning is probably the last in the league a coach would ever allow to take contact during practice.
That’s not to say Manning is fragile—you cannot exactly call a guy who’s been in the league for 14 years a Ming vase, but his age plus neck surgery equals hands off.
Manning just came off one of his best passing years in the NFL in 2012. He completed 68.2 percent of his passes for 4,659 yards and 37 touchdowns, and if it hadn’t been for a poor pass to Brandon Stokley, Manning might’ve won another Super Bowl last year.
Alas, the past is behind us, and all eyes are on the future for the Denver Broncos and their veteran leader.
In the meantime, hands off the quarterback.
Nobody touches The Peyton.