Titans convinced they are major players in Manning derby

AP

The Tennessee Titans aren’t a “sleeper” in the Peyton Manning derby. They’re right in the thick of it.

According to NFL Network’s Albert Breer, Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer has already constructed a “book” designed to show Manning how Tennessee’s offense would operate with him calling signals.

The team also reportedly believes it has assumed a more “buttoned-down, professional approach” under second-year head coach Mike Munchak.

The Titans are convinced all this has the potential to woo the future Hall of Famer.

“I’d be completely shocked if Peyton and Munch don’t hit it off tremendously,” one Titans source told Breer. The club official pointed to the two men’s “great attention to detail and brute honesty.”

“They’re both very matter-of-fact football people,” the source observed. “Mike is Peyton Manning. They’re unbelievably similar.”

In addition, the Titans are hopeful that they can appeal to Manning’s comfort zone. Manning played college ball in nearby Knoxville, Tennessee.

Manning arrived at Titans headquarters on Wednesday. They are the third team to have received an official club-facility visit from this year’s top NFL free agent, joining the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals.

64 responses to “Titans convinced they are major players in Manning derby

  1. Every story that DOESN’T tie him to the Dolphins has me finish reading it just a little happier. 🙂

  2. Well then sign him already so the Dolphins idiot owner can go sign Matt Flynn instead of a old woreout has been.

  3. The new “buttoned down, professional approach” was never more evident than in the elaborate, expensive, enormous welcoming signs the fan base spent weeks constructing and erecting, to welcome Manning to town.

  4. So Manning grew up in Louisana, rooted for the Saints as a kid, played 14 years in Indy and would be coming “home” to Tennessee, where he spent the other three years of his life?

    And has UT moved to Nashville or are they still across the state in Knoxville?

  5. Just shows how weak the AFC south is. The Titans the Texans, you know the Jags would make a go at Peyton if they thought they had a chance. As a Browns fan no matter how badly we consistently suck, I’d rather vomit thumbtacks than have Roethlisberger on my team

  6. this could be the Eagles of the Peyton sweepstakes because if you would’ve told me weeks ago that the Titans with hasselbeck and Locker were in this, i would’ve laughed at you.

  7. This Colts fan would be glad to see PM going to TN.
    The Colts are gonna suck for a few years anyway.
    Get to watch him twice a year at home and on TV.
    And the new kid will get to see him up close twice a year.

  8. He went to school in Tennessee….

    So to the home state of the alma mater or to a different class of horse?

    We don’t have too much longer to wait to know. I will say this, I’m betting the Titans are throwing everything at him so he doesn’t leave Nashville without a contract. So if he does leave without one, then he’s a Bronco.

  9. Sign anywhere but Denver. I named my son after Peyton and don’t want to cheer against him when he comes to Arrowhead….but I will….if he does

  10. Hasselback, Kolb, Tebow should all go out and party. Only 1 will end up without a chair. But then Gabbert, McCoy and someone else isn’t safe. True domino effect.

    Gabbert will be selling insurance soon anyway. Probably needs it, in the meantime.

    p.s. Obviously Moore isn’t safe in Miami. I bet he is as good as Flynn, fwiw.

  11. Class act. Can’t wait to see what Manning brings to Nashville. 9-7 in 2011, can’t wait to see how many wins he can add to the Titans this year.

  12. I keep saying Arizona, but if Peyton wants to play in the AFC, go to Denver. Much better situation than Tennessee.

  13. Bud Adams INSISTS that Peyton signs with Tennessee. What choice does he have?

    Peyton will be NFLs first owner-whipped quarterback.

  14. Congratulations, Texans. You missed your only opportunity to keep from facing him twice a year BY SIGNING HIM YOURSELVES.

    Just shoot me.

  15. If Peyton doesn’t sign with someone thursday then I hope my Broncos just move on. We are 40 mil under the cap and haven’t done a thing. We already lost out on our biggest need at DT. Looks to me like the Titans have a real good shot. Good thing you guys used an early first round pick last year on a QB that won’t see the field for 3 or 4 more years. Makes no since to sign Peyton when he won’t even make you the best team in your div. this move will only set the franchise back 3 years. Book it.

  16. Don’t hold your breath Titans! This is a ways from being over. First you better get a OL and show him.

  17. One time I saw Peyton Manning beating the Titans so bad he actually paused the game and told me to turn the channel.

  18. The Titans had a chance of becoming a pretty good team. If this stupid deal is done it will take them 4-5 years to recover. Do these people ever learn? Over the hill quarterbacks need to be left over the hill. All they do is cost alot of money and make the team look stupid. Now, all the player have to lie and tell the public how lucky and happy to have this POS. Well, I guess there is a little Jerry Jones in all football front offices.

  19. So, what do they do with Hasselbeck and Locker???

    Trade? Cut? Lotsa of money tied up there, no one seems to mention that portion of the puzzle….

  20. Just shows how weak the AFC south is. The Titans the Texans, you know the Jags would make a go at Peyton if they thought they had a chance. As a Browns fan no matter how badly we consistently suck, I’d rather vomit thumbtacks than have Roethlisberger on my team

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    The difference is that Peyton is actually likable, and a better QB.

  21. Seahawks should do what they should have done a year ago and try to get Hasselbeck back if this happens…

    They brought in Chad Henne on the first afternoon of free agency. That’s all you need to know.

  22. What a ringing endorsement about the knowledge of Titan fans. Notice the goat herder with sign misspelled the word here. Run Peyton run, hear those banjo’s?

  23. cuda1234 says:
    Mar 14, 2012 9:24 PM
    So Manning grew up in Louisana, rooted for the Saints as a kid, played 14 years in Indy and would be coming “home” to Tennessee, where he spent the other three years of his life?

    And has UT moved to Nashville or are they still across the state in Knoxville?

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    4 years at UT because 1. he obviously had no money concerns/need to rush to the NFL 2. the Jets had the 1st pick after his junior year.

    Knoxville is only about 175 miles from Nashville.

    PM is still a God in Tennessee even 15 years after he played his last down at UTand is still heavily involved with charities there.

    Personally, I do not think he really wants to play for the Titans but the UT ties and public statements by Bud Adams have kind of pushed PM into a corner given his ties to the state.

  24. I don’t get it. They took Locker in the top 10 last year, sat him on the bench for 3/4 of the season, threw him in cold…and he looked GOOD. What the heck is wrong with starting him for a hell of a lot less money and spend the extra dough on defense?

  25. touchdownroddywhite says:

    Yes, Manning, please come “hear”. What an idiot…
    ******
    jessethegreat says:

    Tennessee education system at its finest right there folks!
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    lilb360 says:

    What a ringing endorsement about the knowledge of Titan fans. Notice the goat herder with sign misspelled the word here. Run Peyton run, hear those banjo’s?
    ******

    Maybe each of you should check your own education level. Both of those signs (middle and left) say “home” not “hear”, and, as hard as it might be for you to grasp this, the word is spelled correctly on both signs.

  26. Most of the teams courting Peyton see him as a way to upgrade their QB situation and make the team better.

    But for the Titans, it’s something much bigger. The Vols are the #1 team in the state, and Vols fans regard Peyton Manning as royalty. He is unquestionably the most popular player in the history of Tennessee. (Prior to Peyton Manning, Reggie White was regarded as the state’s #1 son. Now imagine if Reggie had been a QB, and you get some idea of Peyton’s popularity in TN.)

    The fact that PM went to a division rival has been a constant thorn in Bud Adams’ side….and now that he’s available, Bud sees this as an opportunity to finally unify the fan base in Tennessee. In Bud’s eyes, this isn’t just about getting a football player…..he’s hitching his wagon to a legacy.

    As such, I suspect Bud Adams intends to win this bidding war at all costs. As a Titans fan, I’m just hoping his plan doesn’t backfire and blow up in all our faces.

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