Yesterday the honorable denizens of the NFL blogosphere celebrated a solemn anniversary. We will forever remember March 11, 2011 as the day that the lockout began, and football left us during the offseason when no football was scheduled.
A year ago at this time there was depression and darkness, and in my wayward wanderings I reached to fill the void in my life and became a fan of airplane racing.
Now one year after lockout watch began, Manning Watch is far more enjoyable, but equally unpredictable. Earlier today we relayed the latest, telling you that the murmurs from guys who talk to guys around the NFL are indicating that it’s pretty much down to Arizona and Denver, with Miami trailing in third.
Now let’s add another team:
Remember that far away time a few days ago when the Dolphins were considered the front runners? That faded quickly, and there was serious doubt about whether or not Miami would even be graced with Manning’s presence in an official visit.
No meeting would mean the opportunity to sign Manning is minimal, and the Dolphins would have then been forced to turn their attention solely to Matt Flynn after their slim chances to trade up for Robert Griffin III were also nixed Friday night by Washington’s act of high comedy. Now Philbin gets to work whatever magic he could possibly possess after just a few months in Miami, and a new coach is tasked with convincing an elite quarterback to join a franchise that’s been wildly dysfunctional for the past two seasons.
While the meeting with Philbin and the Dolphins may have been in doubt, it’s not surprising. No, that label can be applied to Manning’s other appointment with Munchak in Tennessee. The Titans had shown very little serious interest and hadn’t made much of a push until team owner Bud Adams said a few rather blunt words to The Tennessean Sunday:
“He is the man I want. Period. And the people that work for me understand that. They know who I want. I want Mr. Manning with the Titans and I will be disappointed if it doesn’t happen.”
Adams should probably specify when he refers to “Mr. Manning” publicly. Archie was a two-time Pro Bowler, but he hasn’t played in nearly 30 years, and Cooper is widely known as the brother who was skipped by the Manning quarterback gene.
In today’s corporate environment, communication is key. And if there’s one skill Adams has mastered, it’s his ability to communicate strongly. This is a rare failure.
UPDATE: Now let’s add the Texans too.