So after the press conference on Wednesday and I cried out my tears at the sadness on seeing him leave the only team he's ever known, I sat there and thought about his future. Where would he go that would allow him the best chance to win a superbowl? I came up with these several reasons why he would most likely come here.
- Legacy: It probably doesn't come as a surprise that Peyton Manning is tied to Indianapolis and Indianapolis to him. He is the Dan Marino to the city, and their one superstar that most defines their city. If he comes to Miami he doesn't have to worry about being the "savior" and "most recognizable for the franchise" because (unless another legendary qb comes along not named Peyton) that's going to be Marino. I think being the big guy in one city is enough to last Peyton a lifetime. Also one of his favorite quarterbacks is Marino, pretty sure that's there in the back of his mind somewhere.
- He avoids playing Eli: The Manning family is very close and from listening to both his former teammates like Marshall and his former coach Dungy, Peyton has no desire to play in the NFC and especially not the NFC east so that basically rules Washington out immediately. Even the NFC may not be where he wants to go since if his new team(SF, Cardinals etc) make the playoffs and they play against the giants only one of the Mannings can advance. Once again not going to be Peyton's first options and may even be a dealbreaker.
- He would LOVE to play vs. Brady: As much as Peyton doesn't like playing Eli he loves playing Brady. The funny thing is Brady/Belicheat and Peyton actually have mutual respect for each other as evidenced by a video last year where Brady specifically asked where Peyton was so he could talk to him and Brady told Peyton to hang in there. Still though, you know both sides want to beat each other badly and now the Patriots/Dolphins will be marquee games for the NFL(a win win win for everyone).
- He knows how to deal with Rex's defense: Peyton is not afraid of Rex because Peyton has outsmarted Rex in every game except for the last one where the Colts were depleted and even peyton couldn't will them to victory. It's a healthy rivalry between the two and Peyton I think enjoys them. Always good to enjoy your division rivalries.
- He wants to run his own offense and have a good enough defense: Peyton is going to be Peyton, and after fourteen years in the league as arguably one of the best qbs to ever play he is not going to change his system. With an offensive mind first time head coach who was the Packer's OC, Peyton should be able to work well with him to create an offense that balances both out. Also the defense is very good, if the Colts defense(and let's just admit they were pretty bad) and Peyton still took the Colts to two superbowls. He just needs a good/very good defense.
- He wants no needs a good offensive line: Somehow along the way, there started a myth where Peyton Manning had a great offensive line. But if you ever watched the game you know that the O-line was down right terrible. Saturday was the only one on that line that really was good and most of that is because he knows Peyton so well and we all know Peyton will stand there calling audibles that someone on the o-line has to understand to block the people that Peyton is yelling about. Oh and ya'll have a pro bowl left tackle in Long and the rest of the line are no slouches-just make sure they are smart to pick up Peyton's audibles.