We’ve been hearing for weeks that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross had his heart set on signing Peyton Manning. But while Manning is leaving the door open to the Dolphins, he’s apparently only interested in hearing about the team’s playbook, and not Ross’s pitch.
The Dolphins had already planned an elaborate set-up for their opportunity to woo Peyton, and they thought Ross would be included, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. But now it appears that Ross won’t even be involved — and that’s Manning’s preference.
That should come as no surprise, and if it does come as a surprise to Ross, that could be an indication that the Dolphins aren’t the right fit. Manning is going to want to go to a team, first and foremost, where he’s convinced he can win another Super Bowl. Talking to the coach is a good way for Manning to gauge whether the team that’s wooing him is the right team for him, but hearing from the owner about money and the glitz and glamor of South Beach is going to be low on Manning’s list of priorities.
Still, Manning agreed to take the meeting with Philbin, and that gives the Dolphins a shot. A good Xs and Os session with a smart offensive coach is going to be much more appealing to Manning than anything an owner could say, no matter how elaborate the presentation.