Mar 7, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning speaks at a press conference announcing his departure from the team at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Peyton Manning picks the Broncos: Is the season over for the Tennessee Titans?


This one is on you Bud Adams.  Peyton Manning is a Bronco. What do the Titans do now? Some will argue that the season is over now that Manning has chosen Denver over Tennessee. With Manning, the Titans would have been viewed as one of the favorites to make it to the Super Bowl this year. Without Manning, the Titans will be viewed as they usually are: a below average-to-average team. Obviously, it would have been a huge acquisition to get Peyton Manning, but it is not the end of the world that the team couldn’t get the deal done, even though it will be an uphill climb.  Manning is gone, so the team now needs to do everything it can to build around the pieces that are already in place.  Unfortunately, Bud Adams’ desire to get Manning has made that task more difficult than it should have been.  Because the Titans have been so focused on Manning, they have missed out on the following players:

1. Mario Williams – signed with Buffalo.  He probably would have been too expensive for the Titans, but we will never know.

2. John Abraham – resigned with Atlanta. The Titans need a pass rusher. Abraham is a pass rusher. They couldn’t pursue him because they had no idea how much money they would have if Manning were to sign with them.

3. Chris Myers – resigned with Houston. The Titans need a quality center. Myers is a quality center. Repeat the comments about Abraham above – just insert Myers’ name.

4. Scott Wells – signed with St. Louis. This is starting to get annoying. You get the point.

5. Jason Jones – signed with Seattle. He signed a 1 year deal for $4 million. Does anyone reading this truly believe that the Titans were not interested in keeping Jones for that price? This one is on Webster. That deal wouldn’t have hindered signing Manning. I believe that Jones left the Titans because management was so focused on Manning that they neglected even dealing with him.

So, what can the team do now?  Good question and I don’t really have an answer.  They need to sign a pass rusher and some more veteran depth on the Defensive Line.  They still need to get a center to replace Amano – Jeff Saturday perhaps.  And now, more important than just a few weeks ago, they need to make this draft count.  No missed picks.  No gambles.  They need to draft players that can produce now, because they are going to need them.  Bud Adams and Peyton Manning made sure of that.

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  • David Matthew Melville

    This whole thing just aggravates me. The Titans front office and Adams have turned this thing into a disaster. There is no reason Jones couldn’t have been resigned Manning or no Manning. Now we have to sign Saturday just so we can use our first on a DE. What a mess what a disappointment.

  • David Matthew Melville

    Still could be worse they could be San Francisco. Who might be without Alex Smith if the Dolphins get their way.

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    Agreed. Frustrating situation.

  • David Matthew Melville

    Now it doesn’t even appear we will get Saturday since he seems to be leaning toward signing with Denver. Ugh

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    Meh. I’m not a huge advocate of Saturday.

  • David Matthew Melville

    I am not either but it is our viable option left unless you know of another available center

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    Yeah. Maybe we grab one in the second of maybe even 1st round who can step in right away.

  • David Matthew Melville

    Yes but if we do that our best bet is the center from Wisconsin and then there went our first round pick on a d-end

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    Yup. All depends on how the front office feels.

  • David Matthew Melville

    And Munch say the other day that they would not be taking any O-line in the first round? I thought I read that somewhere.

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    The other month. With how much of a push they made in free agency, it kinda shows that they are willing to invest in the position and Munch might have just been trying to cover up the possibility.

  • chasemaher1

    Notable centers drafted after first round:
    Matt Birk 173 overall (6th round) 1998
    Chris meyers (6th round)
    Kevin Mawae(2nd round)
     
    I see your point, but having 2 HoF coaches (munch and Mathews) gives you the ability to draft a center later than the first and coach him into being all pro talent. Mathews coached Meyers up, and Munch was a big part of Mawae’s career as well. We will get a DE, and we will both be happy David.

  • Chase Maher

    Notable centers drafted after first round:
    Matt Birk 173 overall (6th round) 1998
    Chris meyers (6th round)
    Kevin Mawae(2nd round)

    I see your point, but having 2 HoF coaches (munch and Mathews) gives you the ability to draft a center later than the first and coach him into being all pro talent. Mathews coached Meyers up, and Munch was a big part of Mawae’s career as well. We will get a DE, and we will both be happy David.