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Dear Mr. Adams, Thanks!!!

Oh Mr. Adams, you’re at it again. With the front office working diligently in the off-season to prepare for what could have been a few free agent acquisitions that could really help the franchise, you came along and decide that you had to have Peyton Manning.

I realize it’s your team and you can decide what moves need to be made to make this franchise better, but you sit around and wait until five days after Peyton Manning is cut from the Colts to decide that you’ve got to have him. Never mind that it was widely known around the league that the Titans were preparing to go after the most sought after DE in free agency in Mario Williams; A move that would have made a division foe weaker. A move that would have made the Titans better. A move that would have solidified our biggest weakness on the team at DE. Neh, you gotta have Peyton Manning!

To be honest, I would have loved to see Peyton wearing a Titans uniform and I think more than a few Titans fans would have as well, but when your front office (you know, the guys that actually live, eat and breathe football) has already figured out a game plan on who and how to pursue free agents, and Mr. Adams makes a phone call from Houston and says, “I want Peyton no matter what”, then what do you do? You drop everything that you have been working on for months and go try and get Peyton Manning. Never mind that we have one solid starting QB in Matt Hasselbeck and an up and coming franchise QB in Jake Locker. Never mind that months of work was shelved once Mr. Adams made his declaration known to the football world. In the end, the Titans, due to putting all their eggs in the Peyton Manning basket, missed out on Mario Williams and probably Scott Wells and Chris Myers. Oh, and of course Peyton Manning. They could have solidified the offensive line and the defensive end position and called it a day.

Remember the last time Ol Bud forced his hand-picked choice on the Titans roster? That would be Vince Young. How did that work out? Being a life long Texas Longhorns fan, I loved Vince, (loved Vince!), but I always worried about how he would be as a pro when an entire organization was unwilling to cater to his every need the way UT did in his playing days. I guess it didn’t take too long to figure out that was a horrible pick that set the franchise back another five years (like this organization needs any set backs at all) due to missing out on a top 5 pick.

Bud, if I may call you that, you are a billionaire who still talks about winning a championship and how that is the main goal and always has been, but your actions say otherwise. Did you really want Peyton Manning because you thought he gave your organization the best chance to win a championship? Or did you want Peyton because he gave your organization the best chance to be in the headlines, to sell more jerseys, or to attract more attention to the team? I think you saw the dollar signs that you would reap by Peyton being a Titan more than anything.

Shawn Eagle

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  • TitanBlueGoVols

    Good grief can we get back to football and other issues with the team. Talking about beating a topic to death. We didn’t get Peyton obviously you ere very opposed to the idea along with othere that write for your website. We didn’t get Mario Wiliams. Obviously that’s who you really wanted us to get along with other writers that write for this website.There was no guarantee that we would have gotten him if we pursued him. Let it go. Let’s move on. I know its offseason and there’s not much happening. But wow let the Manning I’m pissed cause we dint get Mario Williams issue go.

  • Drake

    Tennessee does not need those big names anyways because when big names join that brings their huge egos along with it!

  • seagle1

    I’m pissed because the front office had a plan heading into the off-season and bud Adams blew it out of the water. If we went after Mario Williams and didn’t sign him for whatever reason then I’m fine with it. All plans were blown once Adams declared his love for Peyton.

  • seagle1

    @Drake I do agree to a certain extent but our biggest was not QB….the front office identified who they were going after and then that was done once Mr. Adams wanted Peyton. One of those things that we’ll have to wait and see how it turns out.

  • PhillipLytle

     @TitanBlueGoVols It’s not that the Titans didn’t get Williams.  That plays a part, of course, but it’s not the whole story.  Like Shawn said, the Titans brass had a plan that they had developed in the months since the previous season had ended, and they were unable to implement that plan because Adams wanted Manning.  Honestly, I don’t think they could have signed, or would have signed, Williams for the amount he wanted.  But, I can pretty much guarantee you that they would have signed Wells or Myers and possibly someone like Abraham if they had not been so consumed on getting Manning.  
    Owners just need to stay out of the day-to-day operations of the football team.  It’s not worked for owners like Snyder in Washington or Jerry Jones in Dallas, and it didn’t work a few years ago when Bud Adams handpicked Vince Young.  Let the guys you hired to do the job actually DO THE JOB.  That’s all Shawn, and others on this site are complaining about.