Mason: First of all, Gary Kubiak never said that. There is a perception that he did. But when he was asked March 24 about whether Peyton Manning's schedule and repetitions would be modified because of his age -- be it in practice or games -- this was his reply:
"It's interesting. He and I talked about that and I know his mindset is totally the other way but I have to get a feel for that. I think that as a coach you have to make those suggestions to players. You have to say, 'Hey, maybe you take a Wednesday [off] here or there.' I don't know what that’s going to be until I get involved with him on a day-to-day basis.
"The great ones -- the reason they're great is you have to battle them on things like that because they are used to being a part of every day. They are used to having that under-control every day situation. So we'll see how it works out. We want to do what's best for him. I went through the same process with John [Elway] late in his career. It was a battle for me and [former Head Coach] Mike [Shanahan] to do some things with him. I can remember some of the adjustments we made with John -- from a meeting standpoints, from a practice standpoint, from training camp, things like that. But he battled us too and that's why they are who they are."
Apparently some took Kubiak's comments back in March as he may give Manning games off this season, perhaps similar to what John Elway went through back in 1998. But the writer also pointed out the Broncos didn't plan to give Elway games off, however injuries forced Bubby Brister to play in four games. The story also said there have already been modifications in Manning's practice schedule, with regular days off during OTAs and minicamp, but that doesn't necessarily mean time off in games. Manning is fourth on our QB list, but obviously scheduled games off would not be what fantasy owners would want. We'll continue to monitor this but it doesn't look like the team has any desire, or plans, to sit Manning in games.