The city, not the state. Seattle, you’re still good.
Peyton Manning is probably just chillin’ in his South Beach condo, listening to Boyz II Men and throwing cats. For some reason I’m also picturing him playing Jenga by himself in his boxers, because that’s something unemployed people do.
Every now and then he also picks up a ringing phone to take a call about his future in football, and during a recent call he was likely asked about his thoughts regarding the Redskins. After finishing a game of Connect Four that he was playing by himself and against himself, Manning responded to that query about playing for the Redskins and moneybag demigod Dan Snyder, and the response wasn’t good for anyone in America’s capital hoping for a quarterback quick fix.
ESPN’s Chris Russell delivered the depression: (via Rotoworld)
“A couple of different sources inside the organization have told me that Manning’s camp made it pretty clear to Redskins officials he doesn’t want to come here,” said Russell. “… Unless that changes — and I’m taking my sources at their word — I don’t think Manning’s coming to D.C.”
Much like everything we’ve written in the past 24 hours, this sentence is purely speculation, but the Redskins’ status as a team that plays its football in the NFC could be a factor. Earlier today Adam Schefter reported that although Manning is open to a move to the opposite conference than the one he’s played in his entire career, he’d still prefer to stay in the AFC.
The only possible explanation for that is stubborn familiarity, because it’s not like he’ll suddenly have to deal with the DH and Fenway Park’s unique dimensions. Aside from that, it’s difficult to pinpoint his specific distaste for Washington, a team with offensive problems that were primarily tied to the quarterback in 2011.
At 32 Santana Moss may be aging, but he’s still a reliable deep threat when healthy, and he’s just a year removed from a 93-catch season with 1,115 yards. Meanwhile, tight end Fred Davis emerged and set career highs in receptions this year (59) and yards (796) despite missing four games due to a suspension. And Mike Shanahan can always field an effective running game, whether it’s led by Roy Helu, Ryan Torain, Tim Hightower, or a hot dog vendor.
Maybe Manning’s concerns are much simpler, and a quarterback with a wonky neck doesn’t feel like standing behind an offensive line that allowed 41 sacks, just like he might not want to stand behind a Denver offensive line that allowed 42 sacks.
Or maybe he really does just hate Washington.