I asked HGP sports editor Greg Gee - a lifelong Miami Dolphin fan - since there is speculation in the air that the Colts will release Peyton (and sign college sensation Andrew Luck) would Manning be a good fit in Miami? Certainly, many Dolphins fans are hoping so.
Tim Tebow got a billboard in Denver last season and did really well with it. Now, Miami Dolphins fans are hoping a campaign to bring Peyton Manning to Miami will show similar results.
In an effort to convince impending free agent quarterback Manning to their team, Dolphins fans have begun a website called manningtomiami.com, and advertised the site on a billboard at the intersection of I-95 and I-595 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, according to the Washington Post. source
Gee Man responds:
No matter where he ends up, a healthy Peyton Manning will make his team a contender. I have asked the question of my friends: "how many victories would Peyton account for with any team he joins?" The average number response is six. My Miami Dolphins finished 6-10 last year and according to this inexact science/polling, they would had been a 12-4 dominant team with Petyon.
Almost any of the remaining 31 teams would take Manning but where is the best team for a quarterback who has about 3 good, solid years of quality play left in the tank?
Here are 3 solid reasons Peyton Manning should take his talents to South Beach:
1. Coaching Staff:
Yes, the new staff is lead by rookie head coach and ex-Green Bay Packer offensive coordinator Joe Philbin but they are experienced offensive specialists. Green Bay finished in the top 10 in points and yards in each of his five seasons as offensive coordinator. The Packer's offense was first in scoring last season under Philbin's tutelage as offensive coordinator
responsible for crafting Philbin’s west coast offense and developing the passing game. O'Keefe was the offensive coordinator for 13 years at University of Iowa. Peyton would step into a situation with an experienced offensive staff that is creating a similar offense he ran in Indianapolis. " we want to make significant use of the no-huddle offense, will exploit matchup advantages and will use multiple formations to keep defenses guessing." says Philbin.(Miami Herald 1/28/2012)
2. DEFENSE! DEFENSE!
Former coach Jimmy Johnson was suppose to bring defensive balance to the then Dan Marino led offense. He bought the defense and now, a future hall of fame quarterback will bring an offensive balance to a defense that gave up just 19.6 points per game last season. The defense will be instantly better with Manning's ability to put up more points and pressure opposing offenses to match him point for point. Manning's has always propped up the Colts average defense, something he will not have to do with a young and talented defense on all 3 levels: d-line, linebackers, and d-backs. Miami's defense could help Manning just as much as he could help the defense.
3. Beat Tom Brady!:
Younger brother Eli has developed a reputation of being a Tom Brady slayer by defeating him twice on
the NFL grandest stage. Peyton has beaten Brady but let's be honest, we remember Peyton's playoff
defeats coming at the hands of Brady (he is 8-5) overall versus Peyton) as he went on to win super
bowls.I am betting Peyton wants one more super bowl to equal Eli and two more to equal Brady. Peyton
could kill three birds with one stone by signing with Miami: face/defeat Brady at least twice a year, win
the AFC championship which would deny Brady from reaching the super bowl while his Dolphins win at
least 2 super bowls.
So, to reiterate, Peyton Manning should take his talents to Miami - for sure, D-Wade and Lebron would throw him a welcome party.