Dec 9, 2010; Nashville,TN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (18) makes a call from the line of scrimmage against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-US PRESSWIRE

Manning will help the Titans, but not at the QB position

Free Agency is almost here and suddenly one of the best players in the NFL (maybe the best) is a free agent. There is no doubt that Manning is one of the greatest that ever played this game. His effectiveness to read defenses and adjust in the line of scrimmage is just something we have never seen before. He is the smartest QB in the league and there are enough reasons to believe he can succeed under any scheme.

We may not love or even like Peyton, but let’s be honest, I remember sitting in my couch watching him moving the ball all over LP Field. I’m sure we all at least respect the guy. But this time, finally, he can actually help the Titans to be in a better position to win the division and get better as a team.

I’m not talking about a change at the QB position, we won’t pursue Peyton, be sure about that. On the other hand, we can be sure that a handful of teams will be asking for his services and offering a BIG paycheck.

How do we benefit from that? First of all there are not a lot of teams that can afford number 18 without releasing one or two big name players from their roster. That will make free agency even mores interesting. With some Luck we may see another team releasing the missing piece of our offensive or defensive line, who knows.

And the most important, speaking of Luck, is that the Colts will have to hurry Andrew Luck to the field and start him on day one. Worst case scenario for us would have been having Luck in the bench for one or two years learning from Manning, but now he won’t have the best teacher a rookie QB can have. We all know how difficult it is for a rookie QB to succeed in this league. I would never wish for bad things to happen to other players, but this situation certainly is good for the Titans, one way or another.

At least for now we won’t be facing Peyton Manning twice a year…At least for now.

Maybe it’s a matter of Luck that things stay this way.



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  • SorianoJoe

    Let me saying something about the teaching part, because I don’t know that Peyton would have went out of his way to help out Luck. Like his dad said, you can’t have two of those kinds of quarterbacks mentally on the same team, otherwise it creates an edge. The same thing happened with the 49ers in the Montana days, although Peyton would have most likely been more welcoming.
    The Titans do benefit from having Peyton out of the division, to a certain extent. This was the right move for the Colts to make and will pay off for them in the long run. The teams that are looking to sign Peyton have enough money to get him, and they will only release and overpaid, overrated vet for cap relief. I don’t think Peyton getting released has any correlation with the Titans ability to sign players in free agency though, because one team is going to sign him. That one team might release somebody in order to do, and it will likely be somebody who isn’t in the Titans future plans.
    Good read, and I like that somebody is thinking outside of the box and about positions besides the quarterback haha.

  • albertogonzalez

     @SorianoJoe about free agency you may be right, the thing here is that Manning will choose the team that he would like to play for instead of going with the highest bid. For Peyton it’s not about money, it’s about landing where he can earn some ring right away. Which team? In which salary cap situation? we do’t know yet, thats my point. INot an easy task for the Dolphins to sign Manning, re-sign players and sign Draft picks with almost $13M of salary cap space or the Cardinals with around $10M. But again, we’ll see.
    In the other hand, about Manning teaching Luck, I’m sure he would have benefit just for being around number 18, watching him practice, at the meeting room, studying film. It’s not only abour let’s say “face-to-face” teaching. Being around him would have been huge for him to learn and not be rushed to the field. 
    Thanks for the comment!

  • Drake

    I believe Mike Munchak is happy with Matt Hasselbeck at helm and Jake Locker still learning the ropes (He is the future.) Heck, he maybe even happy with our third string QB Rusty Smith! There is no need in Manning’s huge salary anyways.

  • jstitansized

     @albertogonzalez Just like Favre/Rodgers. There was tension there but Rodgers learned some invaluable things from Favre, no doubt