Let’s pretend for a minute that the Dolphins are in a perfect can’t lose scenario. Let’s pretend that the Dolphins are an attractive franchise to play for. In this perfect scenario, the Dolphins can choose either Matt Flynn or Peyton Manning. Who do they choose? The pick to some might be obvious. Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game. His numbers are staggering. He has over 54,000 passing yards and almost 400 TD’s. His completion percentage is excellent at 65% for his career. He has a Super Bowl ring and played in another one. He is a tremendous athlete and a fantastic quarterback. However, how many years does he have left? The last thing I want to go through as a Dolphins fan would be a two year stint of moderate success of possibly making the playoffs and having a winning record to him retiring and they Dolphins are back to where they were before Manning. It is possible if this unfolded as described that the Dolphins could be in a worse state as their players will now be two years older and the salary Manning would require might have made a few relocate to other teams.
Is Flynn the answer? The young QB showed a lot of promise throwing for a record 6 TD’s in his only start for Green Bay this past season. He has a tremendous upside. He is young and will be a franchise quarterback for years to come. He is not Peyton Manning and may never be. Is that OK? Does Matt Flynn have the skill set to take the Dolphins from mediocre at best to a contender and beat teams like New England, Denver and Pittsburgh? Peyton Manning does because he’s already done it. It is a difficult decision however, one I feel Dolphins fans would love to actually have. Matt Flynn is unproven and Peyton Manning is near the end.
It comes down to the choice of giving Matt Flynn a shot and investing your entire franchise in a quarterback with many question marks or invest a tremendous amount of money in a guy who might be finished after one solid shot. Hopefully for Dolphin fans this scenario comes to fruition. Either way the Dolphins should be better off with either one of these quality athletes. Good luck Dolphins, the only thing definite is the fact that you will be spending some serious money.
Rich Kolka is a blog contributor for Gold Star Games, a leader in tailgate gear.