Peyton Manning Cleared To Play But Shouldn’t In DC
Let’s just be honest for a minute, I can be a sucker for the things I love.
My wife and daughter are well aware of this fact, and can pretty much get away with anything. “Honey I need this new watch” . . . OK, “Daddy I want a pony”. . . OK.
Sadly, I am pretty sure Dan Snyder has cashed in on my suckerism as well.
“Hey look fans, a Donovan McNabb Jersey”. . . OK, “Buy your new Albert Haynesworth Jersey”….OK.
This team has been so bad that when we see big names, a lot of us just can’t help, but jump at the excitement and what if’s that come with a new player acquisition. We did it with Deion, Bruce, Donovan, Fat Albert, Adam Archuletta, Randel El, the list goes on.
Every Year the ‘what if’ somehow overrides what we know is a TERRIBLE idea – and this year, a week before the Super Bowl, the Suckerism in Redskins Nation is already spreading like the Black Plague.
Yesterday, news broke that Peyton Manning was cleared to play, and amid all the rumors from ESPN regarding Peyton to DC (thanks a lot Stink) Redskins went into Defcon 5.
“Look a shiny new Peyton Manning Jersey”. . . OK.
For a team that has been so absolutely terrible at QB and in search of a franchise guy since the early 90’s, it’s easy to see the name Peyton Manning and to start making a place on the shelf for that fourth Lombardi Trophy.
Let me for a minute be the voice of reason here.
While it is super fun to think about Peyton Manning in the Burgundy and Gold, and it definitely would be AWESOME for dominating your Cowboy loving friends in Madden 13, the truth is it’s a HORRIBLE IDEA.
That’s right, I said it . . . the Redskins need to stay away from arguably the best quarterback I have seen in my lifetime.
The truth of the matter is, Peyton is not a fit for what Mike Shanahan does on offense…at all.
Even before the injury, Manning was considered at best immobile. The fact that he runs in slow motion makes him ineffective in a zone blocking, QB boot offense. Shanahan needs a guy who can move the pocket and find new throwing lanes for receivers that would be covered from the angle he sees in the pocket.
This offense is all about throwing lanes and creating new ones off the QB boot. I don’t believe that Peyton has the kind of mobility that this system needs.
More importantly, Manning and Shanahan are BOTH control freaks. For Peyton’s entire career, he has had complete control over the offense in Indy at the line of scrimmage. Let’s be honest, watching him run a no huddle and switching everyone’s assignments at the line is a thing of absolute beauty, but I just don’t see Shanahan letting that fly.
Look at how bad it went when McNabb tried to change plays and do what he felt necessary at the line, Shanahan benched him for Grossman – and I don’t think he would blink at repeating the mistakes of the past just because Peyton is Peyton.
For the last two years we have heard the Shanahans go on and on about how important the scheme is here, even over personnel. Time and time again we have heard that they want players that fit what they want them to do, instead of superstars with tremendous ability that they can mold their system around.
The bottom line is this; Mike Shanahan WILL NOT tweak his system for a player – even if that player is the best to ever play the position.
Add the fact that Peyton is dealing with an injury that could end his career if he so much as sneezes wrong – and I have to believe that bringing him here could be a mistake of epic proportions.
It would just be one more attempt at fitting a square peg into a round hole that sets this franchise back for another few years and could cost another coach his job.
I’m not saying I wouldn’t buy a Burgundy and Gold Peyton Manning jersey, because I totally would (like I said I’m a total sucker), I would just be terrified every time that I put it on to watch a game.