Bud Adams on Peyton: I’m disappointed, but we’ll move forward

AP

Titans owner Bud Adams was adamant that he wanted Peyton Manning to finish his career in Tennessee, and also join the franchise’s front office after retirement. So Adams took the news hard when Manning said today that he’s heading to Denver.

But Adams, in a statement released by the team, says the Titans have a lot to be optimistic about moving forward.

“I want to thank the whole organization for their efforts in trying to sign Peyton and also to Peyton for the time he put into the process,” Adams said in the statement. “Peyton called me this morning to inform me of his decision and obviously I am disappointed, because I thought we would be a perfect fit.

“Now that we move forward, I want our fans to know that our expectations haven’t changed – winning a championship is still the goal. I like our quarterback situation moving forward and we will continue to build the team through free agency and the draft with that goal in mind.

“I also want to commend Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker. They were thrown into a very difficult situation. Matt was very good for us last year; and at some point, we expect Jake to be our future franchise quarterback.”

Publicly, Adams is trying to put the most positive spin on this that he can. Privately, Adams may be flipping Manning a double bird. And Hasselbeck may have similar feelings toward Adams.

35 responses to “Bud Adams on Peyton: I’m disappointed, but we’ll move forward

  1. Move forward with a few QB’s you have pissed off, and a coach and GM that never wanted Manning. Smart move just move on.

  2. If Adams thought he was really going to get Peyton to the Titans, he’s more than disappointed … he’s delusional.

  3. Publicly, Adams is trying to put the most positive spin on this that he can. Privately, Adams may be flipping Manning a double bird. And Hasselbeck may have similar feelings toward Adams.

    Not everyone is classless Mike.

  4. Another multimillionare that thought he can wave his money around and get what he wants, good job Peyton and F**k you Bud.

  5. One of the main reasons I wanted Peyton to sign with the Titans was so my favorite player–Jake Locker–would learn under the best (aka Steve Young under Montana).

  6. The Titans almost made the playoffs with the talent they had this year. Matt Hasselbeck quietly had a good season, and Jake Locker showed some real spirit and talent when he was on the field against the Saints.

    I think they’ll live without Peyton.

  7. I actually thought Peyton was going to pick Tennessee.

    He has a home there, he went to school there, he’s a legend there, AND the owner offered him a front office job when he’s done.

    So basically, even if he failed with the Titans he would still have won.

    I’m actually shocked he chose Denver over the pers and especially the Titans.

  8. I wish the Titans good luck, they seemed like a great fit for Manning because they pass protected so well and had a great running back at least the year before last. Their defense though not stellar was still better than Denver’s.

    Clearly Peyton has a man-crush on John Elway. Commence bromance…

  9. Privately, Adams is begging Hasselbeck for forgiveness. Since they’ll be paying him around $8M, forgiveness shall be received.
    Then again, Hasselbeck was inches away from a similar contract via a very dangerous 49ers team. Lucky for my beloved Seahawks, the Niners may now be w/o a QB all together.

  10. Would have been hard to play against the Colts twice every year. I think that played into Peyton’s decision a lot. He still has respect for the organization and didn’t want to sign with a division rival.

  11. Don’t blow this up more than it should be. If you are a starting qb in the nfl and your team was looking into Peyton Manning, PEYTON MANNING and you’re upset get over yourself. Unless you’re a 1st ballot hall of famer you know the deal. I doubt Hastle even flinched at this. Bud Adam is only telling the truth.

  12. An obvioulsy Peyton wasn’t going to play for The Titans. Have you seen The Texans defense lately? Manning doesn’t want to deal with Reed and Barwin twice a year. They have the weapons to shut that offense down.

  13. tennesseeoilers says:Mar 19, 2012 1:10 PM

    One of the main reasons I wanted Peyton to sign with the Titans was so my favorite player–Jake Locker–would learn under the best (aka Steve Young under Montana).

    ————

    You may like Locker, but he is light years away from any comparison with Steve Young. Young didn’t “learn” from Montana. The two didn’t exactly have the best relationship.

    But Young had tremendous talent and threw what, in my own opinion, was the prettiest pass I have ever seen. The ball just seemed to radiate touch and was incredibly accurate as well.

    Locker is Locker and he’ll be the QB he is with or without Manning.

  14. Coming from the owner that put a knife in the back of loyal Houston Oilers fans, and had a love affair with Vince Young, I’d say Bud Adams deserves exactly what he has.

  15. Are either of them really QB’s that can actually be offended that their boss think Peyton Manning is better than them? How many guys in the league could not be replaced by him?

  16. @conseannery says:Mar 19, 2012 1:19 PM

    Looks like a photo from Madam Tussauds House of Wax.
    ==================================
    LMAO—It could almost be a cardboard cutout!!!!

  17. thinwhiteduke76 says:Mar 19, 2012 2:38 PM

    Coming from the owner that put a knife in the back of loyal Houston Oilers fans, and had a love affair with Vince Young, I’d say Bud Adams deserves exactly what he has.

    —————-

    It takes more than 7,000 loyal fans to support an NFL franchise, which is about what the Oilers had when they moved.

    Manning handled this with class, calling the other teams first rather than just holding a press conference (a la Lebron), and Adams response was equally classy. I wish them both the best.

  18. It will be interesting to see just how this affects Hasselbeck.

    They may wanna go ahead and start Locker now and maybe even trade Hasselbeck someplace else. Then go out and pick up another veteran QB to be the 2nd stringer.

    If Adams wants to win as soon as possible then it may be time to give Locker the keys and let him try to win. The team isn’t gonna win the title with Hasselbeck at QB. Because Adams is as old as he is, they may wanna put Locker in the driver’s seat now and hope he can lead them to a title sometime in the next 2 or 3 years.

  19. I’m glad Manning went with Denver, since their current incumbent QB is much less of a threat had he been signed by SF.

    Fear not, Niner fans. Smith will come around and sign by the end of the week (no way he wants to be part of the circus in Miami). But don’t worry, there are never hard feelings when someone gets dumped because their “partner” thinks they can “score” with someone else….are there?

  20. Now it’s time to spend all that money they were gonna use for Manning on fixing the pass rush and the OL problems…

  21. Any decent QB could manage the Niners to at least 11 wins next season. The Defense is just too good.

    They will be fine without Manning or Alex. Although, I think when all is said and done, Manning will regret, internally, not going to the Niners. The Broncos wooed him the most and won over his heart. He shouldve went with his head.

    Broncos fans, put away your Tebow jerseys and congrats on the acquisition. Just don’t think it will be as big a splash as most everyone assumes.

  22. fsf7 says:

    TennesseeOilers, you may like Locker, but he is light years away from any comparison with Steve Young. Young didn’t “learn” from Montana. The two didn’t exactly have the best relationship.

    fsf7, um, really? I lived in the Bay Area from 1985-90, and while the tension in their relationship is well documented, so is how much Young learned from Montana. Young was HORRIBLE when he entered the NFL. Nowhere near where Jake Locker is right now. In fact, during his first two years in the NFL, Young threw 11 TD passes and, get this, 21 interceptions. Need more? Try this on for size: “If I’m a great quarterback or a good quarterback or a decent quarterback, a lot of it’s because of Joe.” ~ Steve Young in 1994. Google it.

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