Thursday, February 09, 2012

Manning or Flynn?

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.

9 comments:

  1. It will ultimately come down do Philbin's opinion on Flynn. If he wants him i think we get him. If he tells Ross that he is the next top 10 QB then we get him. Although if there is some doubt, we get Manning. Ive read reports that Ross wants Manning. I dont know if they have talked yet.

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  2. Agree with Richard, it all depends on how Philbin views Flynn, If the view is positive then Miami will show its hand and i believe go all out for the young QB. I Do not believe Ross will go against his new head coach. A question i have is, can Manning be as productive in a "west coast" type offense? I do not pretend to know the answer. This reminds me of when Minnesota wanted Dan Marino. Dan had very weak legs and it made it hard for him to get to the RB to hand the ball off. MINN as i remember it was willing to design an off that promoted what Marino still was good at. Just like I wonder how Manning would do in Miami, I wonder how will Marino would have done in MINN. In either case (flynn/manning) miami has many needs, I believe if there is not a top 10 player there when miami picks, then they will trade back and take an OFF lineman.....rule #1 protect you biggest investment...rule #2 read rule #1

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    1. Marinos problem in the end was his Achilles. He had tore it and never recovered.

      I wouldnt be opposed to drafting another lineman with our 1st. Even a cb or saftey works. Im not high on drafting a pass rusher that high. Definitely a high risk / reward postion

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  3. I have a TON of respect for Manning. His career -- whether he's finished or continues to play -- speaks for itself. With that said, that would be a ton of money for a guy who I don't think we'll even know if he'll be able to throw the ball like an NFL QB by the time free agency rolls around. I'd gamble on a young Flynn or -- not a popular idea...stick with Matt Moore, who once he'd been in the offense for a few weeks overcame his early numbers and ended up the #12 QB in the NFL. That was with our diva receiva dropping 4 balls in the end zone. Given the last option, get a good young QB in Round 1 or 2 to groom.

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    1. Moore also fumbled the ball 14 times with 9 int in
      just 12 games, and how many 4th quarter drives do you remember him putting away?Most of those balls dropped came on hennes watch,yet very few people bring it up in his favor. I think Henne or Moore, probably would have had the same results this season,partly due to lockout and new system. Henne was actually leading all qb's in rushing yards when he got injured.And bess and Marshal were #3 and #1 in nfl in drops before Moore took over, and Bush wasnt sure he was a feature back yet and our defense thought they were the patriots def for the first 6 games.Fasano was forced to play RT and TE at the SAME TIME. I think manning would do very well here.

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  4. I think even a half healthy Manning would produce more then Flynn,just from experience and raw talent.

    Flynn wont be cheap,not sure why people think he would be. Either qb takes a large chunk of salary cap.

    How can we give a guy a long term contract over 2 meaningless games?

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  5. Let's not be stupid and pretend that Flynn in any way shape or form is a better option than Manning. I realize there is a need for caution with Manning because of the amount of money he is going to command and his health having some question marks but doesnt this remind you too much of the Brees Culpepper decision. Let's not get stuck watching Manning kill the opposition while playing for another team while we fumble around with Flynn and it doesnt work out. We can't handle another bad decision like that.

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    1. thats how i feel. Even when flynn had good games he made poor decisions and his wr's and rb's clearly made a lot of plays that had nothing to do with the qb.

      I also think Manning was heads and shoulders above where brees and culpepper were when we were making that decisions.I believe the guy if he says he can throw. Hes never missed a game till this season, why would we doubt him now?

      And hes also not your average normal qb at 36.

      Hes a future HOF that hasnt had 1 bad season yet for all the negative talk about him being washed up.

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  6. Let's not be stupid and pretend that Flynn in any way shape or form is a better option than Manning. I realize there is a need for caution with Manning because of the amount of money he is going to command and his health having some question marks but doesnt this remind you too much of the Brees Culpepper decision. Let's not get stuck watching Manning kill the opposition while playing for another team while we fumble around with Flynn and it doesnt work out. We can't handle another bad decision like that.

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