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Archie Manning: Adam Gase reached out to Peyton after Ryan Tannehill was injured

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At a time when many are wondering whether recently-retired quarterbacks Tony Romo and Jay Cutler would return to the NFL if a starter gets injured during the upcoming season, it turns out that last year’s high-profile retiree had an opportunity to return, sort of.

Via Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Archie Manning said Friday that he saw last December a text-message exchange between his son, Peyton, and Dolphins coach Adam Gase.

“He said, ‘Hey 18, [Ryan] Tannehill went down,'” Archie said. “[Gase] said, ‘I think he’s going to miss some time. The first question I’m going to get at the press conference in the morning is if I’m going to try to bring you to Miami. What do you want me to tell them?'”

It’s a creative way for Gase, Peyton’s offensive coordinator in Denver, to ask Peyton whether he was interested without officially asking him whether he was interested. Regardless, Peyton wasn’t interested.

Said Archie: “The text message came back from Peyton, ‘You tell them I could probably come play, but there’s no way I can miss carpool the next two weeks.’ So, he was done.”

Peyton was done, and he still is done. But it’s fascinating to think what could have happened late last season, if Peyton Manning had swooped in to help a Dolphins team that lost to Pittsburgh in the wild-card round — and that with an upset there would have been destined for a trip to New England to face the Patriots.

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52 Responses to “Archie Manning: Adam Gase reached out to Peyton after Ryan Tannehill was injured”
  1. finnymcphin says: Jun 23, 2017 9:19 PM

    Gase was obviously joking around and Peyton’s response shows he took it in the manner it was meant.

  2. ibillwt says: Jun 23, 2017 9:22 PM

    We all know what would have happened in a playoff game. Manning would have choked like always and the Dolphins defense was not good enough last year to bail him out.

  3. finsphan says: Jun 23, 2017 9:23 PM

    Sounds more like playful banter between two friends to me. Leave it to the media to make something out of nothing.

  4. aliveguy24 says: Jun 23, 2017 9:25 PM

    Damn that would’ve been interesting. Would’ve been cooler had favre joined the raiders.

  5. Seprix says: Jun 23, 2017 9:33 PM

    Honestly that would have been kinda cool, but ultimately I’m glad it didn’t happen.

  6. kcchefs58 says: Jun 23, 2017 9:58 PM

    Can the media stop putting a mic in front of this guy’s face? He has probably talked to the media more so since his boys became NFL stars than when he was in the NFL.

  7. chc4 says: Jun 23, 2017 10:04 PM

    Um Peyton is cooked. Can’t play anymore. Great guy but he made the right call.

  8. logast says: Jun 23, 2017 10:13 PM

    Why listen to Archie Manning? Seriously.

  9. LoCoSu@%s says: Jun 23, 2017 10:38 PM

    Papa Manning sure loves the spotlight.

  10. scutz1972 says: Jun 23, 2017 10:40 PM

    Could have added 1 more “1 and done” to his resume.

    Although, based on how he played in 2015,I think Miami would have benched him for Moore before the playoff game.

  11. buckstalion12965 says: Jun 23, 2017 10:47 PM

    He probably just wanted some PEDs.

  12. tomny0970 says: Jun 23, 2017 10:50 PM

    Last time we saw Peyton, he no longer had the physical ability to throw NFL football.

    Physically I don’t think he would be very good anymore.

  13. gloryfromheaven46 says: Jun 23, 2017 11:09 PM

    Someone is gonna call Tony Romo next year lol…

  14. dolphinsmakemecry83 says: Jun 23, 2017 11:09 PM

    Makes you wonder about Gase’s confidence in Moore.

  15. mcjon22 says: Jun 23, 2017 11:28 PM

    Pretty clear it was a joke, not a serious invite.

    You don’t yank a guy out of retirement in December.

  16. jimbo75025 says: Jun 23, 2017 11:34 PM

    Peyton was done even before his final season. Sad but true.

    After he injured his thigh or whatever against SD in late 2014 he was never the same player again.

  17. pointtwopsiistheissue says: Jun 23, 2017 11:59 PM

    He must have been looking for some HGH!!!

  18. andrewluck12 says: Jun 24, 2017 12:07 AM

    He would’ve rolled to his tight, threw it across his body, gotten picked late, down 4 with 2:32 left.

  19. mzew233 says: Jun 24, 2017 12:35 AM

    … and it would have been a loss in Foxborough for manning.
    Again. In case we weren’t sure how that matchup usually panned out in foxborough. And further decrement his legacy vs brady. The end

  20. bostonpatriots1stfan says: Jun 24, 2017 12:44 AM

    Omaha…Check that…Retired, Retired!

  21. matterson20 says: Jun 24, 2017 1:01 AM

    What would have happened: The Dolphins would have lost.

  22. babygaga19 says: Jun 24, 2017 1:17 AM

    Good ol Archie. Always needs his name in the spotlight. I know, he should do a reality show with POPS BRADY!

  23. ricko1112 says: Jun 24, 2017 1:54 AM

    The Broncos needed Goodell’s ref and replay manipulation to win the SB the year before. They won despite PEDton.

  24. jeremycrowhurst says: Jun 24, 2017 1:58 AM

    Did nobody see Peyton play in 2015? He was a liability every time he tried to throw.

  25. belichickdominatedjoemontana says: Jun 24, 2017 2:53 AM

    Peyton finally won a ring for the first time since 2006. Why would becomes back to be embarrassed by BB and Brady?

    Dolphins defense isn’t the Broncos defense that he rode for a 2nd ring.

  26. SidFarkus says: Jun 24, 2017 4:53 AM

    Cooper>Peyton

  27. ancient-mariner says: Jun 24, 2017 5:59 AM

    Did this really happen? Manning looked terrible in his last year before retiring and Moore is a good backup QB. I’d have played Moore regardless. Miami were on 3rd string LBs and secondary by that point- I don’t think any QB could have led us to a win over the Steelers.

  28. joker65 says: Jun 24, 2017 6:46 AM

    Archie refers to Peyton as “18”? Lame.

  29. phillyfinsfan says: Jun 24, 2017 7:03 AM

    There was no way Manning could lead the Dolphins to a playoff victory in Pittsburgh playing behind that offensive line and especially after the Dolphins destroyed them in Miami earlier in the season.

  30. beachsidejames says: Jun 24, 2017 7:05 AM

    Keep dreaming Archie.

  31. davedsone says: Jun 24, 2017 7:17 AM

    Noodle arm wouldn’t have helped much. Stop dreaming.

  32. gllmiaspr says: Jun 24, 2017 7:45 AM

    Great for Gase to stay positive when it appeared that his season and QB had gone down in flames.
    Also great for Gase to squeeze two away wins against AFC East opponents to get to the playoffs.
    As to what would have happened if Peyton Manning had come- doubt that there would have been any difference.
    Peyton Manning of 2013 might. Manning in 2015 won with the best defense in the NFL.
    The Dolphins defense at the end of the season had 5 starters out and one (Alonso) playing injured. They would not have beaten Pittsburgh.

  33. aj66shanghai says: Jun 24, 2017 7:48 AM

    Would have been great except his last year he was downright awful. No way was he going to beat the Steelers and it is laughable to think he would have done anything against the buzzsaw that was the NE Patriots last season.

  34. theandy59 says: Jun 24, 2017 8:05 AM

    Peyton made the right choice – he had trouble playing in Foxborough when he was young and healthy. Watching him get destroyed at 40 would have just been sad.

  35. leafsfins says: Jun 24, 2017 8:20 AM

    I’m infatuated with the organization. It’s a good group of guys.

  36. tonebones says: Jun 24, 2017 9:01 AM

    Lots of people were counting Peyton out when he signed with Denver, after sitting out a year with a scary neck injury. He then went on to have one of the best seasons ever by a QB, and then become the only QB in NFL history to win super bowls with two teams. If Peyton is healthy, there isn’t a better QB on the planet. Archie is the only dad in history to have two sons win multiple SB’s at QB. That’s probably the safest record in sports. When he speaks, I listen.

  37. nhpats says: Jun 24, 2017 10:12 AM

    tonebones says:
    Jun 24, 2017 9:01 AM
    Lots of people were counting Peyton out when he signed with Denver, after sitting out a year with a scary neck injury. He then went on to have one of the best seasons ever by a QB, and then become the only QB in NFL history to win super bowls with two teams. If Peyton is healthy, there isn’t a better QB on the planet. Archie is the only dad in history to have two sons win multiple SB’s at QB. That’s probably the safest record in sports. When he speaks, I listen.

    ——
    Peyton was plenty healthy the day he threw 3 picks to Ty Law in the playoffs and led his team to 3 total points.

  38. ncphinsfan says: Jun 24, 2017 10:34 AM

    The QB was never the problem in Miami… a terrible run stopping defense and a patchwork O-Line for the last 3 years was. Oh, and the Patrriots juggernaut. If the Dolphins were in the AFC South as a map should indicate, they would be a perennial playoff team. Think about this… Every fanbase should thank their lucky stars they don’t have the Pats in their division. Otherwise, you would be playing for a Wildcard at best. Especially teams that went 10-6 and 9-7 who would have been out with 1 or most likely 2 losses to a divisional foe. The Dolphins and Bills are not that bad. It is just that the Patriots are just that good. I hate them, but respect them.

    When the Dolphins starters are in they went 11-2. Moore is one of the best and most prepared Backups in the league. Period. No need for Manning… it was a whimsical comment. In Gase we Trust!

  39. 12brichandfamous says: Jun 24, 2017 11:08 AM

    Archie should have said the same thing, but for Houston and posssibly Oakland. Houston had the defense to carry Peyton and minimize the amount of scoring he would need to generate a win.

  40. somethinghappeninghere says: Jun 24, 2017 11:28 AM

    So what does Matt Moore think of this?

    And even if Peyton did come back, though he might have beaten the Pats week 17 (Moore has never beaten Pats, Tannehill has won last three Pats games in Miami), no way would Peyton have beaten Steelers–O Line was hurting, and at least five starters on D were out (Quddus, Jones, Alonso, Jenkins, Maxwell and one or two others). I think Moore did as well as he could have in Pittsburgh.

  41. BarbequeTime says: Jun 24, 2017 11:40 AM

    gloryfromheaven46 says:
    Jun 23, 2017 11:09 PM
    Someone is gonna call Tony Romo next year lol…

    ————–
    Someone is gonna call him this year too.

  42. streetyson says: Jun 24, 2017 12:04 PM

    Don’t forget the HGH investigation was somewhat limited/curtailed because Peyton was retiring – they can’t compel an ex-player nor punish him going forward. Whatever you think of his possible guilt, if he came back there would be demands for more to be done.

    But he won’t come back – he was a liability on the field in his last year, and sorry tonebones but if you think he “won” that 2nd ring you never watched him play that year – his SB50 rating was 56.6, (2 TDs set up by the D), and according to USA Today (Ruiz, 7Feb, 2016), statistically he had the worst ever season for starting QB on an SB-winning team. Denver’s D won that season – in spite of Peyton.

  43. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 24, 2017 12:47 PM

    “Lots of people were counting Peyton out when he signed with Denver, after sitting out a year with a scary neck injury. He then went on to have one of the best seasons ever by a QB’

    And without the buckets of HGH he never would have had that “best season ever”

  44. 305phinphan says: Jun 24, 2017 6:04 PM

    Rather have seen him contact Marino to play. I’ll bet anything Marino can still throw dimes 50 yards downfield.

  45. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jun 24, 2017 8:43 PM

    I doubt the Dolphins had a helmet that was big enough. You have to special order those babies.

  46. kptb12 says: Jun 24, 2017 9:48 PM

    Oh yea I’m sure manning would’ve gone into the Razor and beaten the Pats. I also highly doubt manning would’ve beaten the Steelers. He was done in 22015.Only reason he won another SB was because the defense was/ is amazing in Denver.

  47. kptb12 says: Jun 24, 2017 9:49 PM

    *2015

  48. justintuckrule says: Jun 24, 2017 10:43 PM

    You all make fun of his arm but even he can throw the same 5 yd route to Landry that tannehill throws. 17 catches for 65 yd landry

  49. bill4343 says: Jun 24, 2017 11:10 PM

    All you Patriots fans ragging on Peyton. LAST time we saw Peyton play he was beating your team on his way to the Super Bowl. Oh by the wY he won. So nice try guys!

  50. bill4343 says: Jun 24, 2017 11:16 PM

    Again Patriot fans do you have amnesia? He actually did beat you guys on the way to the Superblwl. Sorry haters but that did happen!

  51. ak185 says: Jun 25, 2017 2:50 PM

    Is anyone surprised the Pats fans are here?

  52. scutz1972 says: Jun 25, 2017 10:28 PM

    I’m not a Patriots fan. I just think Peyton was garbage in the playoffs. That seems to be a universal fact. He would have had a losing playoff record if that incredible Denver Defence didn’t carry him to the superbowl.

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