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Group purchases 'Manning to Miami' billboard

Posted on: February 22, 2012 5:30 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 5:31 pm
Desperate times call for desperate measures. (*)

By Ryan Wilson

It's no secret that the Dolphins need a franchise quarterback. We've mentioned it before, but the list of successors to Dan Marino in Miami is one of the saddest things you'll ever see. The team's top passers since 2000: Jay Fiedler, A.J. Feeley, Gus Frerotte, Joey Harrington, Cleo Lemon, Chad Pennington, Chad Henne and Matt Moore (see, we told you).

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is reportedly "infatuated" with Peyton Manning for obvious reasons: assuming he's healthy enough to play in 2012, Manning immediately makes the Dolphins competitive and, perhaps more importantly, he'll sell tickets, something the team struggles to do when it's not Tim Tebow Appreciation Day.

Free agent Matt Flynn might make more sense -- he's younger, healthier, and is familiar with new head coach Joe Philbin's offense (Philbin and Flynn were together in Green Bay). But Flynn ain't Manning when it comes to cachet or resume, which explains the South Florida billboard visible from I-95 relaying a simple message: Manning to Miami.

There's also a website for the like-minded to sign a petition and "Be part of 'The Movement' and make history -- bring Manning to Miami."

The site asks some important questions:

"How many wins is Manning worth? When's the last time we the fans have had an 'impact' quarterback? What about the most cerebral quarterback of all time?"

The only problem is that Manning, in his current state, is worth zero wins. But this is what desperation smells like when you've been subjected to names like Frerotte, Culpepper, Harrington and Henne in recent years.

* The screenshot above is courtesy of You can watch the compelling video here. (Apparently, the camera has zoom capabilities -- both in and out.)

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Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:58 am

Group purchases 'Manning to Miami' billboard

Dreaming that is!

Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2012 10:57 am

Group purchases 'Manning to Miami' billboard

You dealing if you think Parcells did anything to improve the Dolphins. Everybody here hates Parcells because he didn't do his job and then bailed when he realized what he had done. Even though Jeff Ireland appears to not be much better, his draft and free agent signings have been better than Parcells. Also remember Pacells did not pick his own players with the Giants, George young did.

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:58 am

Group purchases 'Manning to Miami' billboard

Yeah, Bill Parcells was a such a terrible coach and GM. Coached two winning super bowl teams.  Has two coaches under him who went on to win a total of five super bowls and every team he was a part of only got better except the Dolphins. Big deal that he had L.T. and Simms.  Bill Walsh had Montana and Rice, Chuck Knolls had Bradshaw and Mean Joe, I could go on if you want but the point is all winning coaches have had great players.  Parcells left the Giants in good shape, the Patriots in better shape (even with a super bowl loss)as well as the Jets and Cowboys.  Can't trash a man if he has one failure on his career, that being the Dolphins and its not like the owner was much help there undoing all the Parcells did after he left.  I don't think all the fans of those teams are complaining about the money Parcells made.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 6:53 pm

Group purchases 'Manning to Miami' billboard

Definetly wishful thinking there.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:04 pm

Group purchases 'Manning to Miami' billboard

You were not lucky to get him,  your franchise gave him guaranteed money to sign, and showed commitment.  Further showed its fans that they wanted to win and believed in him.  I will be disappointed if he does not retire a Saint.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:22 pm

Group purchases 'Manning to Miami' billboard

Look, history is history.  The Saints were colossal losers in every sense of the word until the 1990's... not a dispute.  I am just pointing out that Miami made a terrible decision.  The gist of the article is Miami is looking for a franchise quarterback (Manning) and has been looking for at least 10 - 15 years now.  The Brees issue with Miami ticked Brees off.  He did not choose New Orleans until Miami told him no.  If you want to go further, SD made a terrible decision to offer Brees nothing (or peanuts) to return.  I do love Brees, and he did basically save the Saints.  We were lucky to get him, and we better re-sign him now!!   

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:20 pm

Group purchases 'Manning to Miami' billboard

Ballparq 1,  If I remember correclty the way it went is New Orleans offered Brees guaranteed Money and Miami was advised by its proffesionals that the shoulder injury Brees suffered was to much of a risk for guarantee.   I think Miami then set up a trade with the Vikings for Culpepper, who also had injury issues in 2005.   And it turned out to be a mistake,  but in turn I think the Saints and Brees turned out to be a great fit, as he fits their system and coach. 

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 4:08 pm

Group purchases 'Manning to Miami' billboard

BREES4MVP,  You state:    First off, your coments about 1967-2006 are irelevant and un-related to the article.   
Its funny that you would say its unrelated to the article,  yet you bring up Brees as a dig, when the article was about Manning and who they had, not the Q.B. they let pass, or did not draft.   

Nothing I said was  irrelevant since every team makes choices,  and for decades New Orleans was one of the biggest losers in the NFL and made plenty of bad choices.   Look,  I like the Saints and pulled for them to win their first super bowl.   I think Drew Brees is a great Q.B., in fact when he came out of Purdue, I felt he would have great success in the NFL.    However,  he even stated that he knew at the time New Orleans signed him that they were taking a risk on him,  since they did not know how well he would recover.  And I know he feels extremely loyal to New Orleans for believing in him, again I think its great.    My problem is you comment on a bad choice by Miami,  which in turn gave New Orleans good luck for a change,  and I dont understand your dig!   Sure its easy to slam Miami,  so what , other teams in 06 who need a q.b didnt even look at Brees that deep because of his prior injury or not believing in him.   It is easy to rip on Miami and Culpepper since they failed.  But I was pointing out New Orleans has had plenty of failures over the years,  Miami is entitled to theirs,  even though I know its painful for their fans, since they are used to a winner!! 

Regarding Trival facts comment:
So you know those trivial facts are needed for Brees to be an MVP and get into the Hall,  and I am sure at somepoint you have or will be pointing out those facts, since hes one of your hero's!!!!   

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2012 2:58 pm

Group purchases 'Manning to Miami' billboard

I might be wrong but I think I remember that Brees decided on New Orleans thus Miami signed Culpepper once Brees made his choice.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 1:28 pm

Group purchases 'Manning to Miami' billboard

Manning will retire before he goes to Miami!!!

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