Peyton Manning to the Redskins?
WASHINGTON (WUSA/Elfin's Endzone) -- The Peyton Manning to the Redskins rumors heated up today because ESPN's Bram Weinstein, formerly of WTEM-980, tweeted that it was "very likely."
To my old pal Bram, I say, "Hogwash."
Peyton to the Redskins makes no sense.
1) Mike Shanahan already struck out with a 30-something quarterback who had been in one system for 11 years, Donovan McNabb. Why repeat history by going after Manning who has been in one system for all 13 of his seasons and will be 36 in March, three years older than McNabb was when he arrived in Washington in 2010? Plus Manning, unlike McNabb, is coming off a career-threatening injury that has prevented him from throwing a football for a year.
2) Manning and Shanahan are both control freaks. No modern-day quarterback has ever called more audibles than Manning. Shanahan hated it that McNabb wouldn't bend to his will. Manning and Shanny is a marriage made in hell.
3) The Redskins have lost at least 10 games three straight seasons. They haven't made the playoffs since 2007, won a playoff game since 2005 or won the NFC East since Manning was in his second year, 1999. Manning has a gazillion records, a Super Bowl ring and many millions. If he's going to play again, it's going to be for a team with a chance to win the Super Bowl and one that has a much better offensive line than Washington, whose top blocker, left tackle Trent Williams, is one failed drug test from a year-long suspension.
4) If Manning rehabs all the way and plays again, my hunch is it will be with San Francisco, a team that's two victories from the Super Bowl, has a terrific defense and a fine running back, but whose quarterback, Alex Smith, is a free agent after a checkered career with the 49ers. It doesn't hurt that Niners coach Jim Harbaugh was Manning's predecessor as Indy's quarterback and so knows a lot of the same people and has been through many of the same experiences.