Sorry Dolfans, Peyton Manning Is Not Your Next Dan Marino
Now that the Indianapolis Colts have released their franchise quarterback, the campaign to bring Peyton Manning to Miami has kicked into high gear. Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is losing his mind trying to make a blockbuster move so he can keep his team relevant in South Florida. He aims to please dejected Dolfans by snagging Manning.
But name the last franchise quarterback to leave the city where he won a Super Bowl for another team and found similar success? None.
The last guy to try it was Joe Montana. He didn't want to leave the game when the San Francisco 49ers decided it was time he passed the torch on to Steve Young. So Montana signed with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he didn't win a damn thing. Today, Young is one of the NFL's premier analysts. Montana is lucky to get an endorsement deal from Viagra. He ruined his brand.
Don't believe the bull crap about the Colts letting Manning go because they didn't want to pay him his $28 million bonus. Indianapolis had a sorry ass team until Manning was drafted. For the past 14 years, he was the face of the franchise. If his doctors cleared him to play anyone with common sense would realize that team owner Jim Irsay would have renegotiated Manning's deal and traded the top pick for multiple picks in the upcoming NFL draft. If Peyton was really healthy, the Colts don't need any rebuilding. They have the best defensive end in the game, Dwight Freeney, and some of the best wide receivers in the league. Why would Irsay give up the man who won him a Super Bowl and made the Colts one of the top teams in the NFL?
Signing Manning is like taking a road trip to California in a old car with more than a hundred thousand miles when you have the credit to buy a new ride to make the journey. By opting for Manning, the Dolphins are basically saying they aren't interested in trading up in the draft to land Robert Griffin III, the next best available quarterback behind Andrew Luck even though RG3 comes with a better warranty and no miles in the brutal game of professional football.
Sure, Dolfans are all jacked up about getting Peyton. Billboards have gone up all over town to bring him to Miami. Somebody convinced Dwayne Wade, LeBron James and Udonis Haslem to join the recruiting efforts. The Dolphin blogs are going bananas at the possibility Manning will be wearing aqua-and-orange. These are the same fans who are going to be calling for the firing of the head coach and the offensive coordinator three years from now when Peyton is not physically able to lead the Dolphins to the Super Bowl.
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