If, the biggest two letter word.
If Peyton is healthy, will he play in Miami?
If Manning does join Miami, who calls the offense?
If, If, If, If... That's usually what the off-season is reduced to until all the various scenarios play out in free agency and the draft. Of all the different scenarios which Dolphans and analyst have generated, my favorite is taking a healthy Manning and holding off on our QB of the future. If this does play out, I asked myself- How would this offense work?
is an intelligent head coach who happens to be offense minded. Even as O.C. in Green Bay, Coach Philbin did not call the plays. He was responsible for generating an offensive game plan each week, which, as we all saw was outstanding and has been in the past. Now, the fact that he didn't call the plays isn't meant to discredit him, it's just meant to demonstrate a point.
was a former Head Coach in the NFL, as well as college. His latest endeavor landed him coaching a college team. Now, he's back to the big leagues and I'm sure he wants to prove he can still coach at the professional level. After stringing together five consecutive winning seasons, Sherman left Green Bay in 2005 finishing (4-12) and has had a less-than-stellar coaching career at the college ranks. An offensive-minded coach, Sherman led the Packers to break franchise records for rushing in 2003 and passing in 2004. In 2003, Packers quarterback Brett Favre led the NFL in touchdown passes, in addition to setting a franchise record for rushing yardage. The 2003 team also gained a total of 442 points, which is the fourth most in franchise history. So there you have it, Sherman is an expert on offense.
who is probably the smartest quarterback to ever play the game, very well may be "bringing his talents to South Beach." The guy was showing no signs of slowing down until his neck injury. His numbers weren't exactly declining. Look at the last 3 years
If he is cut and cleared to play, this is a no brainer. Even if we can get 3-4 years of this kind of production, we'll be able to keep building this team and at the same time, not have to endure another year of the Dolphins blues.
Imagine the possibilities: We can pick up a rookie QB either in the middle or late rounds of the draft this year as a project QB and/or we use 2013's or 2014's first rounder on selecting our QB of the future. A healthy Peyton buys us some time regarding the QB situation, which we'll eventually have to address, but in the meantime we can address all of our other needs.
With all that said, the most intriguing part of all of this is combining the minds of all 3 of these men. Coach Philbin generates the game plans. With the intelligence of Philbin and his track record in Green Bay, I'm certain he knows what he's doing.
That's where Coach Sherman comes in. He designs the plays. Sherman is already proven to be an offensive mastermind and has worked with Philbin before, so I'm sure the two will be a force once again.
Finally, you have Manning, who is (as stated above) the most intelligent QB to ever play the game. We've all witnessed him call his own plays, adjust the plays according to the defense he sees, and make very few mental mistakes. I'm just enamored with the idea of a healthy Peyton Manning playing for the Dolphins.
Manning will do what he normally does, Philbin will draw up the game plans and Sherman will design plays to give Peyton flexibility. Simply because a QB like Peyton can be trusted to call the shots once he is at the line and dissects the defense.
What do you think? Do you love the idea of Peyton coming to Miami?