The Denver Broncos did their best Wednesday not to allow the dismissal of practice-squad safety Ryan Murphy to become a distraction.
Murphy and his brother were reportedly detained by law enforcement in San Jose Monday while interacting with an alleged prostitute. Though Ryan Murphy wasn’t cited, the Broncos decided to send him back to Denver rather than keep him with the team heading into Super Bowl 50.
Coach Gary Kubiak addressed the incident briefly in his Wednesday morning media briefing.
“Yeah, there’s disappointment, but it’s been dealt with and we’ve moved on,” Kubiak said. “I dealt with it yesterday and obviously disappointed for the young man, but we’re focused on what we have to do football-wise. We’re on (to) work this morning with our meetings and getting into our routine. So we’ve moved on.”
Carolina Panthers radio broadcaster Eugene Robinson warned Panthers players to avoid just this sort of situation in an address to the team before Carolina left Charlotte. While playing for the Atlanta Falcons in 1999, Robinson was arrested the night before playing in the Super Bowl by a police officer posing as a prostitute.
Robinson spoke first-hand of the distraction he created before the Falcons lost to the Broncos 34-19.
“It was just to tell these guys, ‘Don’t mess this up,’” Robinson said of his speech. “I can be a living example: Don’t mess this up.”
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning said Wednesday he got some unsolicited advice from a doctor to anticipate a hip replacement at some point in the future.
“I feel like I do a lot of things to try to ‘pre-hab,’ if you will,” Manning said. “Preventative type of stretching. I wear a posture shirt and different things like that.”
Miller applauds Oher
Broncos pass-rusher Von Miller sees Panthers left offensive tackle Michael Oher as a healthier, quicker player since signing with the Panthers last summer.
“He’s looking as good as he has been in the National Football League,” said Miller. “He’s big. He’s quick. He’s athletic. He might be the Cam Newton of offensive tackles.”
Here’s how Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan described Panthers tight end Greg Olsen: “He’s versatile, he’s slippery and he’s very instinctive. … He’s one of the best receiving tight ends in the league and our job is to shut him down.”
The Manning charisma
It took a while for Broncos left offensive tackle Ryan Harris to adjust to blocking for future Hall-of-Famer quarterback Peyton Manning.
“When I first went out on the field with him and you see the ‘Manning’ on the back of the jersey you’re like, ‘What am I doing here?’” Harris said.
“Over the season you see he’s just like the rest of us. We all want to win and he’s a professional and a great teammate. I’m really having the time of my life being on this team and him being one of my teammates is definitely a part of it.”
Kubiak was now-Broncos general manager John Elway’s backup at quarterback with Denver. Kubiak says Elway’s quiet nature is deceiving:
“There is nobody more competitive in anything he does whether he’s playing, whether he’s running a football team as he’s doing now or if he played some gin with you in the back room. He’s an extremely competitive man, and that hasn’t changed.”