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Quick Thoughts on Peyton’s “Concerns”
By on March 9, 2012 at 11:03 am

This morning we had our first official firestorm of the Peyton Manning free agent hunt and it was started off by this tweet from Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel:

This got everybody in a frenzy and I wanted to quickly give my two cents:

“Small Town Guy”

I think you’ve got to start here: Peyton owns a condo on Miami Beach. He  can’t hate it too much if he has property and spends time in South Florida. I suppose the retort would be he likes to come down here for short periods of time, but still, it’s hard to imagine him owning a place here if he didn’t like it at least a little bit.

That said, even if the Beach lifestyle is a bit too loud and crazy for an NFL quarterback during the season, there are no shortage of quiet places in South Florida, one of which happens to be the exact town that the team’s training facility is located in: Davie.

If you’re unfamiliar with Davie, the population (as of the 2010 census) is 91,992 and to really give it that small-town feel, they even have their own RODEO.

There are plenty of big, nice, quiet places to live that would be less than 10/15 minutes away from the facility. Not bad.

“Circus Style Coverage”

Another one I’m having a tough time swallowing. Fact is, wherever  Peyton ends up, it’s going to be a circus. The national media will descend upon the place and there will be no escaping the spotlight. That said, this isn’t New York. Omar is a good guy and a good reporter–not some sort of monster that players try and avoid (same goes for the rest of the beat reporters–good guys all around).

Final Thoughts

For all we know, Omar’s info could be dead-on and Peyton wants no part of a place like this. It could also be a smokescreen, as he pointed out later on. If it’s real, though, it’s too bad, because it means that Jeff Ireland and Steve Ross are left in a position where there’s really not that much they can do. If Peyton’s made up his mind that he doesn’t want to be South Florida, there’s nothing left to do but go on to the next…


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rmichaels says:

Seen more from Moore than Flynn. Manning comes to Miami teaches Moore how to be a better quarterback, Manning plays a few more years gets another superbowl ring only this time with the Dolphins against Brady and the Patriots he retires and Moore carrys the torch.

Adam says:

Yet Miami is known as being very “anti-sports”. You know what I mean…even with the Heat people say how fans show up late. Then they go and say it would be too much of a media circus? I call B-S, ESPN.

Agua says:

Frankly, if true, that really wouldn’t surprise me. Peyton and Eli both, through Archie, have deep ties to the rural Mississippi Delta. He and his brother have hunted at a very exclusive high dollar duck club which shares a large boundary next to our more modest camp. Actually, though, Peyton grew up in New Orleans, so I don’t see South Florida being that dissimilar to something he at least has experience with. The “circus coverage” thing, well, that’s going to be anywhere he goes, although, it doesn’t help that we have an owner that appears to be obsesed with celebrities.

mike91908 says:

I agree… If Ross wants to make himself known as a Owner that wants to win and not just about making money he needs to make a big sign at the QB position. To whiff on ALL Qb’s available whether it be RGIII, Flynn, or Manning would be detrimental to the teams future in my opinion. All future free agents will just see this franchise as a joke.

mike91908 says:

This is great. I haven’t seen speculation like this in the NFL in such a long time. Just when the NFL needed some positive excitement from “bounty-gate” this comes along. There are so many possible ways this can be dissected that I can’t even begin to start making valid points. I can’t wait until something concrete comes out.

What I don’t understand is everyone saying the Dolphins don’t have a ready now team. I only half agree with this. Peyton is that intangible that makes all your good players, really good players. How many TD’s did Hartline have last year that were left on the field due to a under or overthrown ball? 4? 5? 6? Bess becomes that much better. Everyone says it. Peyton makes everyone on the offensive side of the field better. The WRs run their routes a little better, the TEs run a little faster, and the line tries that much harder to keep No.18′s jersey white. They have a running back that has proven he can be an every down back on top of being a threat out of the backfield. To say the Dolphins don’t have the talent as say Denver does is absurd.