|Desperate times call for desperate measures. (Local10.com*)|
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 Local10.com. You can watch the compelling video here. (Apparently, the camera has zoom capabilities -- both in and out.)
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