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Titans convinced they are major players in Manning derby

Pursuing Manning Football 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.

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64 Responses to “Titans convinced they are major players in Manning derby”
  1. khuxford says: Mar 14, 2012 9:14 PM

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

  2. emmac13 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:14 PM

    Go to the Titans or the Cards. Cleveland needs Hass or Kolb.

  3. wwwmattcom says: Mar 14, 2012 9:16 PM

    i am tired of all this courting

  4. atrophiedambitions says: Mar 14, 2012 9:17 PM

    Manning to Irsay:
    Suck it. You don’t like it, ‘twit’ about it or whatever.

  5. deanvernonwormer says: Mar 14, 2012 9:17 PM

    Sure. If you want to waste millions on a legend who today can’t turn his head to see his receivers hugging the sideline.

  6. lolb23 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:17 PM

    He’ll never admit it, but an opportunity to bury the Colts twice a year has to be enticing.

  7. dolphins4 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:17 PM

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

  8. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 14, 2012 9:18 PM

    They laid Jake Locker across the puddle in the path leading up to the facility so Peyton wouldn’t get his boots muddy.

  9. dolfanatik says: Mar 14, 2012 9:19 PM

    dolphins should sign flynn before his price goes up due to fins swing and miss.

  10. zeusiv0ii says: Mar 14, 2012 9:19 PM

    Better there than Denver.

    Then again, better Houston than Tennessee.

  11. jus10jonez says: Mar 14, 2012 9:21 PM

    God I hope he doesn’t go to Tennessee. I can’t stand the titans

  12. djaehne says: Mar 14, 2012 9:21 PM

    Bud is the guy! Now he may have someone new to shoot the bird at!

  13. teatan7729 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:22 PM

    Just make a decision already!!! This is getting older than Tebowmania!!!

  14. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 14, 2012 9:22 PM

    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.

  15. neko02011980 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:22 PM

    This franchise is an absolute joke.

  16. 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?

  17. 4512dawg4512 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:24 PM

    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

  18. mwcarolina says: Mar 14, 2012 9:25 PM

    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.

  19. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:25 PM

    Peyton is toying with teams, highest bidder wins a damaged goods QB

  20. storebrandcookies says: Mar 14, 2012 9:27 PM

    If you’re convinced offer him a contract or give Peyton a slip of paper and tell him to put whatever amount of money he wants.

  21. croghan1919 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:27 PM

    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.

  22. mlawrunner says: Mar 14, 2012 9:27 PM

    Man I really hope this does not come to fruition.

  23. kvanhorn87 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:28 PM

    A Titan and Giant in one family. Appropriate. Welcome to Tennessee!

  24. psuravens19 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:28 PM

    Is this Manning story still going on?

  25. WestCoastVet says: Mar 14, 2012 9:29 PM

    How much of this is just him wanting to see various teams’ playbooks so he can help the defense of his eventual team?

  26. 8man says: Mar 14, 2012 9:29 PM

    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.

  27. peytonsneck18 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:29 PM

    Peyton is worst at picking things out as is my wife when we go shopping! !!

  28. charliedamon says: Mar 14, 2012 9:29 PM

    Manning’s getting sooo boooring. When’s Favre coming back?

  29. skleech22 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:31 PM

    I am all in………Peyton is definately going to the TITANS!!!! NO DOUBT IN MY MIND!

  30. ranksarot says: Mar 14, 2012 9:32 PM

    oh please dear baby Jesus No… signed -Texans Fan

  31. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 14, 2012 9:35 PM

    Yes, Manning, please come “hear”. What an idiot…

  32. nflfollower says: Mar 14, 2012 9:35 PM

    If mike munchak is Peyton manning…..why waste money on manning? It begs the question….

  33. scottdragosnai says: Mar 14, 2012 9:36 PM

    What must Hass be thinking??

    Scott Dragos NAI

  34. jordanaires says: Mar 14, 2012 9:36 PM

    We’ll see Titans. Good job getting into the mix.

  35. vols84 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:37 PM

    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

  36. ttommytom says: Mar 14, 2012 9:37 PM

    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.

  37. gotitan says: Mar 14, 2012 9:38 PM

    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.

  38. phillyphever says: Mar 14, 2012 9:39 PM

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

  39. vols84 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:41 PM

    Go

  40. lostsok says: Mar 14, 2012 9:44 PM

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

    Peyton will be NFLs first owner-whipped quarterback.

  41. jsratx says: Mar 14, 2012 9:47 PM

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

    Just shoot me.

  42. mcjon22 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:05 PM

    Haven’t we heard this same story regarding Miami, Denver, and Arizona?

  43. thcnote says: Mar 14, 2012 10:06 PM

    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.

  44. mcjon22 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:07 PM

    Would you call the men in the above picture:
    A. Red necks
    B. Trailer trash
    C. White trash
    D. All of the above

  45. mrslay1 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:07 PM

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

  46. ProDolphinsTalk says: Mar 14, 2012 10:18 PM

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

  47. daveinfw says: Mar 14, 2012 10:22 PM

    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.

  48. smackingfools says: Mar 14, 2012 10:33 PM

    I’m sure Peyton was scared off by the people with signs and the media coverage.

  49. tortowl says: Mar 14, 2012 10:35 PM

    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….

  50. jessethegreat says: Mar 14, 2012 10:58 PM

    Tennessee education system at its finest right there folks!

  51. eaglesfan94 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:01 PM

    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

    —————————————————

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

  52. mrfuzzbucket says: Mar 14, 2012 11:23 PM

    “I named my son after Peyton.” that has to be the funniest post of the night.

  53. 06mustang says: Mar 14, 2012 11:23 PM

    So what happens to Hasselbeck?

  54. nflfan877 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:32 PM

    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.

  55. lilb360 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:50 PM

    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?

  56. jimbo75025 says: Mar 15, 2012 12:32 AM

    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?

    __________________

    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.

  57. itsmammoth says: Mar 15, 2012 12:50 AM

    Remember when Jeff Fisher wore the Peyton Manning jersey?

    Yup.

  58. lionsplayoffs says: Mar 15, 2012 1:07 AM

    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?

  59. scottdragosnai says: Mar 15, 2012 1:47 AM

    They got weapons, need a slot WR, but it’s his roots. Peyton would look Better in that offense over Denver.

    Scott Dragos NAI

  60. detroitcityryda says: Mar 15, 2012 2:18 AM

    Titans are where he’l go everything is coming full circle .peyton is bringing that franchise back as a powerhouse .watch !!

  61. maddenisfordorks says: Mar 15, 2012 2:26 AM

    Please leave AFC south. You’ve punished the Jags enough.

  62. tr975 says: Mar 15, 2012 2:44 AM

    touchdownroddywhite says:

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

    Tennessee education system at its finest right there folks!
    ******
    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.

  63. ebr362 says: Mar 15, 2012 6:31 AM

    PEYTON = LEBRON

  64. z0inks says: Mar 15, 2012 6:58 AM

    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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