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Manning-to-Texans notion quickly shot down in Houston


A report emerged on the radio in Houston Monday night that Peyton Manning has the Texans on his list of teams that he’d like to play for.

Even if that’s true, it’s hard to see any possible marriage here.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle wrote Tuesday “it’s not going to happen” for a variety of reasons.

The biggest reason: The Texans have a quarterback in Matt Schaub. They are confident Schaub will return from his foot injury, whereas no one really knows if Manning will play again. (The Texans have other big issues to worry about.)

Manning also doesn’t fit Houston’s offense, which relies so much on movement and the bootleg. McClain is as clued in as any beat writer around. If he says there is “no chance” this will happen, we’re sure that statement wasn’t made in a vacuum.

It makes sense for a desperate team like the Redskins to gamble on Manning. It doesn’t make sense for the Texans.

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48 Responses to “Manning-to-Texans notion quickly shot down in Houston”
  1. joetoronto says: Feb 14, 2012 12:23 PM

    Well, so much for that.

  2. beatjoeunibrow says: Feb 14, 2012 12:27 PM

    it would have been crazy.

  3. marcuswelby70 says: Feb 14, 2012 12:30 PM

    It will be interesting to see how many teams will put up huge dollars to sign a 35 year old QB that has just missed a whole season.
    Even though Manning was a great regular season QB (key word being “was”). I don’t see many teams takeing the risk. This will be interesting.

  4. gambleonsports says: Feb 14, 2012 12:31 PM

    So why post the article in the first place? This is exactly what went through my head last night when I read it, 0% chance that it would happen.

  5. clivus63 says: Feb 14, 2012 12:34 PM

    Of course he’s not going to Houston…as soon as he passes his physical, Manning will go to Dallas!!!

  6. regisphilbin says: Feb 14, 2012 12:34 PM

    Fine by me…. Get this guy out of the AFC south.

  7. jhart615 says: Feb 14, 2012 12:35 PM

    People….Did you REALLY think it was gunna happen?

  8. drindt says: Feb 14, 2012 12:38 PM

    The guy that wrote the original article on how he knew someone that knew someone that knew Peyton wanted to be a texan should get canned.

  9. haleyistheman00 says: Feb 14, 2012 12:40 PM


  10. trojan33sc says: Feb 14, 2012 12:41 PM

    but does Manning care to gamble on the Redskins ??

  11. thatobnoxiousguy says: Feb 14, 2012 12:41 PM

    I agree. Not gonna happen.

    The Texans do not need Manning. All they need is to stay healthy.
    If the Texans had a healthy Matt Schaub and Mario Williams, then we very likely would be referring to them as Super Bowl champions .

    No doubt in my mind that the Texans would have beat the Ravens and Patriots with Schaub on the field

  12. ebeg420 says: Feb 14, 2012 12:43 PM

    Foster and Williams are looking for money and they are already cap heavy enough, who said they’d even consider?

    And why would Manning want to go to DC with that bunch of losers?

  13. waitingguilty says: Feb 14, 2012 12:44 PM

    How does it makes sense in WAS if it does not in HOU? They are running basically the same offense.

  14. hendawg21 says: Feb 14, 2012 12:45 PM

    Again a nothing article…NFL news is hard to come by these days and the Peyton stories are getting like the Favre stories of years past…

    Also it’s you jugheads in the media who are drumming up all these crazy stories and to say the Redskins are desperate is just stupid…has any of you so called talking heads actually talked to and got any definitive word that the Skins would be in the Peyton market or is all this driven by the mere fact teams such as Miami, Washington, Seattle and the Jets are looking for a better option at the position so you link them all to whatever you feel would be a good story???

  15. kingjoe1 says: Feb 14, 2012 12:48 PM

    Philly my friend, philly.

  16. skinscc says: Feb 14, 2012 12:54 PM

    Ok let me get this straight, because I feel like I’ve entered the Twilight Zone.

    Manning does not fit Houston’s offense because it relies heavily on movement and the bootleg, but a desperate team like the Redskins it makes sense for?

    1.) Last time I checked Washington’s offense is pretty much the same as Houston’s(I.E. rollout’s and movement).

    2.) Kyle Shanahan the Redskins coordinator(wasn’t this the same guy who coached the Houston offense?…..sarcasm)

    **In the future let’s try to actually examine things instead of just throwing the Redskins under the bus because it is east

  17. CKL says: Feb 14, 2012 12:55 PM

    Also worth noting…McClain is a hoot to listen to regardless of who you root for. It’s like sitting in a bar talking to a friend.

  18. eyeh8goodell says: Feb 14, 2012 12:56 PM

    Well so much for that radio guy’s brother’s cousin’s uncle’s nephew’s former roommate that was such a quality “source”. There should be a “3 strikes” law for journalists. Go to press with 3 wrong stories and you’re banned from all team events and all access to the teams or their facilities. Or better yet, just take them out back and give them the Old Yeller treatment.

  19. jetsetfred says: Feb 14, 2012 12:56 PM

    I’ll take 80% Manning over a 80% Schaub.. they both injured.. but the the Texans are a goody two shoes organization.. they wouldn’t dare stab their QB in the back for a Super Bowl Victory… but if Manning came a calling they’ll be fools not to pick up the phone and kick the tires.. coming from a Texans Fan..

  20. weneedlinemen42 says: Feb 14, 2012 12:57 PM

    “Manning also doesn’t fit Houston’s offense”.

    Washington uses the same offense.

    “The biggest reason: The Texans have a quarterback in Matt Schaub. They are confident Schaub will return from his foot injury, whereas no one really knows if Manning will play again. ”

    In 5-seasons he has finished 16 games just twice, and in one of those years the team had a 6-10 record. Schaub is in the final year of his contract and could be cut or traded with minimal cap considerations (they’d save money and wont have to deal with any dead cap in future years).

    They’d actually be pretty stupid not to do their due dilligence on Peyton Manning.

    Also Peyton might not exactly be rapid, but Matt Schaub isn’t exactly the most athletic QB around. Also, if you get a shot at a QB as good as Peyton you change your offense to make the most of his skills. You don’t walk away because he doesn’t quite fit what you were doing last year.

    If Peyton is healthy and can prove to the Texans that his neck injury has healed it would make a lot of sense for the Texans to sign Manning.

    Not least because they could probably trade Matt Schaub to Washingon where he could play for his form co-ordinator, Kyle Shanahan, and continue to play in the system that he has already had success in.

  21. texanvol says: Feb 14, 2012 1:00 PM

    well if john mcclain says something, then you know the opposite will happen. this guy is wrong on everything

  22. jakek2 says: Feb 14, 2012 1:02 PM

    It doesn’t even make sense for Washington. At 35 years old, the only sensical landing spots are teams that are exactly one franchise QB away from winning RIGHT NOW. Otherwise, all such teams like Washington, Arizona, Seattle and Miami are doing is wasting precious years grooming a franchise QB of their own and disserving the rest of the team/fanbase.

    The only team that may truly fit the description is SF and they still need a WR or two. Even SF should stay away unless it seriously thinks Smith is not the answer. Manning there makes sense because SF has already drafted Kaepernick who could use another year or two of seasoning before taking over from PM.

  23. chillyp says: Feb 14, 2012 1:02 PM

    Never say Never. Kubiak also said he could win with David Carr (then went out and got Schaub)

  24. sirsupersouthern says: Feb 14, 2012 1:07 PM

    The Texans offense does require a QB who can bootleg; ironically Matt Schaub’s leg always seems to be in a boot.

    Flynn looked pretty good running around outside the pocket, the Texans should try and make a run at him. I know it won’t happen because of the stupid salary cap but one can dream.

    Schaub gets hurt and misses significant time every year; last year when we needed him most. Matt Leinart can piss off and TJ Yates looked like a rookie against the Ravens in the playoffs. Houston, we have a problem, and it’s at QB. Rest of the squad is solid…

  25. mike5011ad says: Feb 14, 2012 1:13 PM

    Well Kubiak and Shanahan run the same exact offense, so if he is a bad fit for Houston’s offense, he would be a bad fit for the Skins…

  26. bumbler19 says: Feb 14, 2012 1:18 PM

    Smoke and Mirrors. Valuation/Devaluation.

    I can’t wait for this to be finished.

  27. kmart0319 says: Feb 14, 2012 1:22 PM

    John Mclain was awesome in Die Hard

  28. 49erstim says: Feb 14, 2012 1:23 PM

    Biggest non-story of the day. PFT usually scores that award with a Peyton article. Thats a BAD fit in Houston. They are up against the cap, they HAVE a QB, and news flash…. Dude cant friggin throw. I like Peyton. I do. But all this daily garbage/drama has got to stop. A healthy Peyton is an upgrade for most teams… We get it… Not every team is willing to bet the farm on it.

  29. turbodog1027 says: Feb 14, 2012 1:29 PM

    I bet Dallas gets in the mix for Manning

  30. dexterismyhero says: Feb 14, 2012 1:36 PM

    @thatobnoxiousguy says:Feb 14, 2012 12:41 PM

    I agree. Not gonna happen.

    The Texans do not need Manning. All they need is to stay healthy.
    If the Texans had a healthy Matt Schaub and Mario Williams, then we very likely would be referring to them as Super Bowl champions .

    No doubt in my mind that the Texans would have beat the Ravens and Patriots with Schaub on the field
    woulda shoulda coulda…..nice try though obnoxious guy……

  31. cbb1179 says: Feb 14, 2012 1:40 PM

    This article is a crock. I think Manning to Houston makes a lot of sense. It’s a stable organization with a good balance of young stars and effective veterans. I think that’s what Peyton wants in his last few years. Also the Texans were a play-making quarterback short of the superbowl last year.
    But even if it doesn’t happen it won’t be for the 2 reasons in this stupid article? You mean to tell me the Texans would pass on one of the greatest qb’s to ever play in favor of Matt freakin’ Shaub?? Give me a break. Also, you think they wouldn’t alter their offense for a guy like Manning? Please…

  32. rezdawg says: Feb 14, 2012 1:56 PM

    LOL at McClain being clued in…this guy is the biggest joke of a reporter. He’s the same guy that said the Texans have no room for free agents on the salary cap…then the texans went and got Joseph and Manning to shore up the secondary.

    Usually, whatever McClain says, expect the opposite. Ask any Houstonian.

  33. awdlmd says: Feb 14, 2012 1:56 PM

    Name the last “franchise QB” who has switched teams at the end of his career and won a championship. Oh wait, it’s never happened.

  34. hendawg21 says: Feb 14, 2012 2:06 PM

    Not to mention if Schaub isn’t the QB i’d have to think they are pretty happy with TJ Yates looks like a steal there for the Texans…and to all my brethrean who were smart enough unlike the author of this article to realize that Houston and Washington run the same offense Kudos! Sometimes I think journalist takes Joe the fan as an idiot but unbeknownst to them we have a higher football intelect than they do…

  35. footballfanman says: Feb 14, 2012 2:14 PM

    I’m sure the Redskins would tailor the offense to Manning.

  36. jgava19 says: Feb 14, 2012 2:21 PM

    Take every cold city out of the equation. Manning has his choice and it surely won’t be somewhere cold, like jets, eagles, chiefs, skins. The cold bitter weather won’t feel good for a 36 year old man coming off three surgeries. Bank on that. Looking like Zona or Miami. I’m betting Zona. That division will be his easiest path to the playoffs.

  37. jgava19 says: Feb 14, 2012 2:23 PM

    Houston, you got a problem… are not getting Manning. Manning would never do it to the loyal fans of Indy, anyway.

  38. thefiesty1 says: Feb 14, 2012 2:26 PM

    That’s the only way the Texans will get to a Super Bowl.

  39. jgava19 says: Feb 14, 2012 2:30 PM

    Funny thing, it took a Manningless Colts team to make the Texans relevant. And still can’t win in Indy.

  40. jr4real says: Feb 14, 2012 3:12 PM

    Come on. Don’t be so gullible. This is simply Manning’s agent trying to drum up extra interest to 1. make Indy make a decision and, 2. false market for Peyton.

    Certainly there will be teams that overpay. Skins, Jets and Dolphins. But why not add some more action into the mix if you are the agent.

  41. gmen1987 says: Feb 14, 2012 3:27 PM

    Any team that signs Peyton gets a bonus, Archie Manning who would try to be running the show for whatever team Peyton is on.

  42. gmen1987 says: Feb 14, 2012 3:29 PM

    I know a guy who knows a guy who thinks he knows a guy that thinks he knows Peyton will be playing for the Texans next year.

  43. tommythek says: Feb 14, 2012 3:37 PM

    I heard on the internet or read on the satellite radio that Peyton was gonna be holding jockstraps in Carolina.

  44. txndave says: Feb 14, 2012 3:47 PM

    Hey John”stuff crust”MClain go and stuff another bread stick in ur pie hole. He always has something to say…

  45. lutazanderman says: Feb 14, 2012 3:52 PM

    “McClain is as clued in as any beat writer around.”

    Not as much as you think. Coming from a native Houstonian, he bats around .500 with his Texans predictions. It’s not a surprise really, the Texans are a very tight lipped organization.

  46. brenenostler says: Feb 14, 2012 4:12 PM

    At this point, I’d rather have Schaub

  47. suntansup3rman says: Feb 14, 2012 4:13 PM

    Manning needs a stationary offense.. meaning very little movement from the QB (I.E. Great pocket protection). Not a lot of teams out there really run that.. I’m a niner fan and I am fully awere that our offensive style will just get him re-injured. The last thing anyone would want is for the man to end his legacy on a stretcher. with that being said, in my opinion he would make a great fit for lets say Denver, who really dont have an offensive style or Miami… This is only my opinion.. Just stay out of the NFC West if your not on the Niners Mr. Manning lol..

  48. vaquero01 says: Feb 14, 2012 4:53 PM

    It would have been a disaster for the TEXANS..they have a great hing going on and bringing in a QB that may or may not be a fraction of himself to run an offense he has never participated in would be assinine. This is not a knock against Peyton or what he can do, but not everything that’s great necc goes together well. I like making hot sauce and I home brew beer…doesn’t mean the two would be great in the same bottle.

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