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King chronicles the Peyton chase

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Eight days ago, the 13-day Peyton chase came to an end.  Now, Peter King of Sports Illustrated pieces the process together in a thorough and entertaining new article.

It deserves a complete read, since it confirms many of the things that were known or apparent as the events unfolded.

For example, Tony Dungy said on PFT Live that he’d tell Peyton to look for the place that provides the most familiarity and comfort.  Dungy reiterated his advice the night before Peyton made his decision to go to Denver.  “I told him it’s never going to be 100 percent,” Dungy told King.  “He had so many good choices, it’s going to be 51-49, or maybe 50-50, and then it just comes down to a gut feeling.  I told him what [Hall of Fame coach] Chuck Noll told me a long time ago: When you’re making an important life decision, make sure it’s without regard to money, title or position.  Make sure it’s about who you’re going to be working with and how much you’ll enjoy being there.”

And while King mentions a couple of times that the move wasn’t about the money, we’d hate to see how much money Manning would have gotten if it were about money.  He’s getting $18 million guaranteed in 2012, and if he’s on the roster as of the final day of the 2012 league year (presumably in March 2013), the Broncos end up on the hook for $40 million guaranteed over two years, with the ability to avoid $20 million in 2014 only if Manning suffers another neck injury in 2013.

As to some of the details, Manning’s reaction to the news that the Redskins had traded up in the draft, presumably to get Robert Griffin III, confirmed our report that a report that Manning had told the Redskins they were out of the running wasn’t accurate.  Also, and as Adam Schefter reported at the time to the disbelief of Dolphins fans, Manning was (as King put it) “annoyed to be chased by local news crews and a helicopter as if he were O.J. riding up the 405″ when Manning returned to his house in Miami after being released by the Colts.

In the end, that special connection between a pair of Hall of Fame quarterbacks helped get the deal done, in large part because Broncos V.P. of football operations John Elway was able to sympathize (or maybe it’s empathize . . . I always screw that one up) with Manning’s situation.  “I put myself in Peyton’s shoes,” Elway told King.  “No pressure.  Don’t give the hard sell.  Let the organization speak for itself.  I told him that as much as I wanted him to play for the Broncos, I knew it would be stupid if we forced him and it wasn’t a good fit.  That’s how I’d feel.”

Getting to the point where it was a good fit included Manning asking defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy whether they are “one and done”; in other words, are they going to parlay a successful season under Peyton into a head-coaching job?  Del Rio said no, and McCoy said he’d leave only for the right job.  (Then again, McCoy won’t get much of the credit for anything Peyton achieves this season.)

I could keep going, but then you may think you don’t need to read King’s article.  I think you do.  So I’ll do something that many of you would like me to do permanently, and shut up.

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20 Responses to “King chronicles the Peyton chase”
  1. worldwidebleater says: Mar 28, 2012 7:44 AM

    Did he write about what coffee he had on each of the 13 days?

  2. jimr10 says: Mar 28, 2012 7:54 AM

    Does anyone else think Peter King is a pompous blow hard besides me?

  3. rethinklogic says: Mar 28, 2012 8:02 AM

    Denver is a great city if your a polar bear

  4. sterilizecromartie says: Mar 28, 2012 8:15 AM

    And while King mentions a couple of times that the move wasn’t about the money, we’d hate to see how much money Manning would have gotten if it were about money.
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    Wait, what? PFT has been telling me for the past three weeks that it is all about the money.

    Peyton was basically offered a piece of the Titans organization for life to come to Tennessee. If it were about the money he would be there.

  5. satanphoenix says: Mar 28, 2012 8:17 AM

    One sentence about the Cardinals. They do know how to keep their mouths shut in Phoenix. So far the story of how Peyton Manning got into Phoenix is unknown. Their was one flight that appeared right but was actually a medical flight. Kent Somers (AZ republic beat writer)went to the glendale airpark was stunned whent he wasn’t on board I suspect Michael Bidwell, who is a pilot, flew him in on a VFR flight plan which wouldn’t be tracked on the internet.

  6. LoCoSu@%s says: Mar 28, 2012 8:28 AM

    Entertaining article, someone forgot to proof read it though
    Example-
    “On Saturday night Manning called Dungy to discuss the pros and cons of the three finalists: Denver, Arizona, Tennessee. Then he asked, “Are there any other things I should be thinking about?””

    Arizona – finalist – really? Ken Whisenhunt will be so happy.

  7. eagleswin says: Mar 28, 2012 8:31 AM

    If the Bronco’s offense does good, Manning will get the credit.
    If the Brono’s offense does bad, McCoy will get the blame.

    The only way McCoy will be leaving is if he takes the blame for another failed season in Denver.

    I’m sure McCoy is learning Manning’s playbook and not the other way around.

  8. eagleswin says: Mar 28, 2012 8:37 AM

    sterilizecromartie says:Mar 28, 2012 8:15 AM

    Wait, what? PFT has been telling me for the past three weeks that it is all about the money.

    Peyton was basically offered a piece of the Titans organization for life to come to Tennessee. If it were about the money he would be there.

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    Sorry, that offer was unenforcable. The owner may have offered it but couldn’t have put anything in writing until after Manning’s playing days were done. As long as Manning was playing, he couldn’t be given a piece of the organization per NFL rules regarding compensation by teams. The only way that deal could be done (at this time) is if Manning wasn’t going to play for the Titans and that defeats the purpose of the offer.

    When it came to cap space, the Bronco’s were king and I have yet to hear of another team that offered Manning more money to play.

  9. jimr10 says: Mar 28, 2012 8:49 AM

    eagleswin says: etc…
    a lot of people do not let facts interfere with rumor..

  10. terwillis says: Mar 28, 2012 9:04 AM

    Elway helped Shanny get his superbowls, now Shanny helps Elway get his win.
    Once the RG3 deal went down, the meeting between Manning and the Shannys obviously turned from a Washington sales pitch to Manning asking Shanny what he thought of Denver. With Manning going to Denver, its pretty obvious what Shannahan told him.
    That, plus I’m sure Shanny was happy to keep him out of the NFC.
    Bolwen, best owner is sports baby!

  11. whynotusecommonsense says: Mar 28, 2012 9:22 AM

    Jack Del Rio is a liar. No way he doesn’t bolt if he’s offered a head coaching position elsewhere. Who wouldn’t?

  12. skippynj says: Mar 28, 2012 9:24 AM

    Interesting… I came away from King’s article convinced more than ever, that the Saints, and their reprehensible, unforgivable, inconceivable bounty antics are to blame for Peyton’s neck injury.

  13. whynotusecommonsense says: Mar 28, 2012 9:26 AM

    rethinklogic says:Mar 28, 2012 8:02 AM

    Denver is a great city if your a polar bear
    ———–

    300+ days of sunshine a year. When it snows, it melts and is gone within a few days. You’ve obviously never been to Denver.

  14. gators56 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:45 AM

    Peyton will reinjure his neck this year and that will be all for the Peyton Manning Show in Denver. Sorry – but Elway would need to spend gobs of money just to get in enough quality OL’s to save Peyton, then they wouldn’t have enough $$$ to attract quality WR, RB and plug a few holes on defense.

    Look for Elway to become a player manager once Peyton goes down, or else they might bring Farve for another go.

  15. CKL says: Mar 28, 2012 10:58 AM

    I like the part where Fox on his own already realized that PM would be concerned with playing in the cold and with a D that wasn’t able enough for his liking so he had stats to refute both.

  16. sullijo1 says: Mar 28, 2012 11:55 AM

    Denver is a great city if your a polar bear

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    Yes, it snows here pretty much every day of the year. Usually 18-24 inches a day. Miserable life. Will you all please make sure to take that into account and move somewhere else?

  17. meytonpanning says: Mar 28, 2012 12:27 PM

    I was hoping to see “manning-bush-bess-wayne-marshall-clark” or “manning-wayne-fitz-clark”… oh well, ill be looking forward to this offence next year nonetheless.

    Bring home a SB

  18. cleanfoodie says: Mar 28, 2012 1:29 PM

    rethinklogic says:Mar 28, 2012 8:02 AM

    Denver is a great city if your a polar bear
    ———–
    whynotusecommonsense says: Mar 28, 2012 9:26 AM

    300+ days of sunshine a year. When it snows, it melts and is gone within a few days. You’ve obviously never been to Denver.
    _____

    Shh, don’t tell them! Pay no attention to the above comments. Denver is a miserable icy wasteland and nobody else should consider moving here. :)

  19. cletusvandam says: Mar 28, 2012 2:45 PM

    This article makes it sound like SF wasn’t ever really in the running. It even states that Denver, Tennessee, and Arizona were the finalists.
    Oh well, whatever. Good luck next season to Denver and Manning.

  20. featherivered says: Mar 28, 2012 3:53 PM

    Tebow > denver.

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