Monday, March 12, 2012

The Peyton Effect

Observing the events of the past few days and looking back to last season, one thing is clear; Their is a Peyton Manning effect when it comes to the NFL and its teams. Peyton is the news these days and apparently the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals are the front runners in the Peyton sweapstakes. Miami might have an outside chance in signing Peyton.

When I watched the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts in 2011 it became clear that even without their starting quarterback, the Peyton effect took hold. The Colts who were 10-6 in 2010, became a 2-14 team in 2011. As a result, Colts owner Jim Irsay dismantled and gutted his team. That's the ultimate result of the Peyton effect. He single handedly caused the course of the team.

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Now lets look at the Arizona Cardinals, one of the front runners in landing Manning. If Peyton decides to sign with Arizona, the team will most likely release or trade Kevin Kolb. The Cardinals have to decide if they want to pick up a seven million dollar option on Kolb. That decision must be made by Saturday. Once again, Peyton is having an effect on both an NFL team and the possible outcome of one of their quarterback.

The Cardinals are waiting to see if they land Peyton. If they do, they will rid themselves of Kolb. If they don't, Kolb will most likely receive an option and remain the starting quarterback. Even though Peyton isn't trying to cause these types of changes to NFL teams, he is. Team decisions are being made in NFL team boardrooms by considering their teams rosters with or without Peyton. Can you remember a time when one NFL player was this dominant in the boardrooms of so many teams?

The Manning effect doesn't end their. If the Denver Broncos land Peyton Manning, it is being reported that the Broncos will either release or trade Tim Tebow. The future of Tim Tebow rests in the hands of Peyton Manning. It is a real possibility that Tebow will be playing for another team next year.

Just a couple of months ago, it seemed as if Tebow had solidified the starting job as the team's quarterback. Tebow was receiving a lot of the credit for taking his team into the playoffs. In fact he took them as far as the divisional playoff game. Now his fate results in a decision by Peyton.

Even if Manning doesn't decide to make the move to Mile High, will Tebow resent that his team would want to get rid of him? Does Tebow feel slighted that the team wouldn't even consider him as an understudy to one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history? Tebow isn't the type of guy to air his grievances publicly but he is a human being and has to feel upset.

I'm sure Broncos fans are also in shock. Tebow Mania is in full force in Denver. Bronco fans love Tebow. It would be a jolt to their systems if Tebow is playing for another team in 2012. They will embrace Manning but I'm sure that many Broncos fans want Tebow to be a backup to Manning so he can learn from a great quarterback.

By now it must be clear to you that Peyton Manning is single handedly having an effect on the decisions being made by NFL teams right now and the effect of possible careers by the quarterbacks of those teams.

Lets take a look at one more team, the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have an outside chance of landing Manning. I'm sure they will make an attempt to speak with the quarterback but it's unclear if Manning will take the bait. So how could Manning change the course of the quarterback position in Miami? It's likely that Matt Flynn will receive a call or an offer from the Dolphins if Manning decides not to consider Miami. If Manning were to sign with the Dolphins, Matt Flynn will be looking at another team to showcase his skills.

The Peyton Manning effect is in full force. Until Manning decides what team he will sign with, decisions by at least three teams are now on hold. So are the careers of three quarterbacks. There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding those players and teams. While the decisions by some teams will become more clear once Manning makes his decision, at least one quarterback's career besides Peyton Manning will take a new direction.

The effects will be felt by some teams for years to come. Some teams might not rid themselves of the negativity that will result by not signing Manning and the frayed relationships that might occur by decisions that have been made by NFL executives.

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