If Jeff Lurie really is the risk-taking, outside-the-box owner that he professes to be, he should sit down with his cabinet today and say, “Let’s talk about this.” You don’t get the chance to bid on an all-time great quarterback very often and when you haven’t won a championship in more than half a century – and your team has made a habit of coming up just short year after year – then you have to seriously discuss this.
Peyton Manning would take ownership of this offense in a way no quarterback in the Andy Reid era could. That could very well make it better in the critical fourth quarter, clock-ticking-down moments when the Eagles so often break down. All those wasted timeouts, all those valuable seconds lost with the quarterback waiting for the play to come in from the sideline, it all would be a thing of the past with Manning running the show.
The fact that Howard Mudd is here as offensive line coach, a man who spent a decade drawing up protections for Manning in Indianapolis, is another strong argument on the side of pursuing him.
If I were the Eagles, I would do it and not because it would get the fans excited and not because it would sell a lot of No. 18 jerseys, but because it makes a lot of football sense. At least it does to me.
With the exception of the Patriots, Saints, Giants, Steelers, and Packers, there are going to be reporters and fans clamoring for every NFL team to sign Peyton, and most of them are going to throw out some decent enough points like the ones Ray Didinger layed out above on why it makes sense, which will be followed by the “rabble rabble rabbles” of other fans/reporters pointing out why it’s not a feasible option.
And such is the annoying time period between now and whenever Peyton picks his new team. Here’s to a speedy process, hoping that Peyton picks his new team quickly, and not drawing this thing out in a Favrian manner. Let’s get this thing over with quickly, oh laser rocket armed one.
Up next: Some Dallas reporter is going to say the Cowboys should sign Peyton. Stay tuned – Post coming in less than an hour, I’m sure.
UPDATE: Philly.com’s Jeff McLane joins the Manning-to-Philly brigade.