Phriday Phun: Peyton Manning in a Dolphins logo?

We’ve spend the last few weeks telling you about the Miami Dolphins and their QB options this offseason.  I think we’ve just about covered everything!  Peyton Manning’s health, RG3’s trade cost, and Matt Flynn’s experience are all question marks for the Dolphins.  Today, we thought we’d share a laugh with you all.  We came across this blog on Twitter (thanks to @rizzmiggizz).  Dave Rappoccio created a new logo for every NFL team……with Peyton Manning’s head built in.  Here’s what his new Dolphins logo looks like:

Picture by: Dave Rappoccio

Thought we would share for your enjoyment.  As we’ve said before, no one really knows how healthy Peyton is going to be when he is released by the Colts….Equally as important, no one has any idea which team Peyton will end up on when he’s released.  Report after report suggest different things about his health.  Bill Polian says he’s throwing the ball well, but is capped at 25 yards….Others suggest that he can’t throw to his left and doesn’t have enough zip on the ball.  It’s going to continue until the Dolphins and other NFL teams can look at Manning and watch him throw, in person.  Everything else you hear is pure conjecture and speculation.

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Peyton’s arm is still weak, Dolphins should proceed with caution

Last week, Dolphins fans like myself, began to get excited by the thought of what could be.  It happened as soon as reports surfaced that Peyton Manning was medically cleared to return to the NFL.  We all sat back and watched the public relations war between Jim Irsay and Peyton Manning….and we loved every minute of it.  We even included Peyton as one of the choices for the Dolphins QB Plan.  I realized that I am in the minority on liking the idea of Peyton Manning on the Dolphins…Matt Flynn came out on top of our QB Plan Poll, with over 50% of the votes.  I believe that most Dolphins fans are afraid of Manning’s health and his age.  Hard to argue with either, especially considering the latest news.

Reports began surfacing yesterday that Peyton Manning might not be as close to returning to the NFL as many had believed.  Yes, Peyton’s neck is structurally sound.  However, Peyton Manning’s current arm strength is not Peyton Manning’s old arm strength.  Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star said that Manning has a ‘noodle arm’.  So, Peyton’s arm strength is probably somewhere between my sister’s and Chad Pennington’s.  I’m not trying to make fun of him, just trying to point out what his arm strength is really like.

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Former Dolphins RB, Ricky Williams to retire

Have Dolphins fans gotten over Ricky Williams betrayals in 2004 and 2006?  You remember, Ricky Williams surprisingly announced his sudden retirement from the NFL?  We learned shortly thereafter that Ricky had tested positive in December of 2003 for marijuana.  Ricky would later say that he was too embarrassed to face the NFL after failing another drug test. The same fans that cheered for Ricky during his 1,800 + yard season of 2002 were now hurt that their star running back could turn his back on the Dolphins.

After retiring for the 2004 season, Williams returned to the Dolphins in 2005 under then-coach, Nick Saban….only to fail another drug test.  Strike 2 for Ricky with Dolphins fans.  He was subsequently suspended for the entire 2006 season and went on to play in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts.  He was reinstated into the NFL in 2007 and returned yet again to the Dolphins where he stayed through the 2010 season.  Thankfully, Ricky did not fail another drug test!  He was not resigned by the Dolphins and he spent last season (2011) with the Baltimore Ravens.

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Dolphins are favorites ‘right now’ for Manning, in Schefter’s opinion

Peyton Manning as QB of the Miami Dolphins?  It might not be as crazy as we once thought.  In fact, in Adam Schefter’s opinion, the Miami Dolphins are the favorites to land Peyton Manning.  Keep in mind, this is Schefter’s opinion and he is not reporting that the Dolphins are definitely going to get Manning.  However, in his ESPN insider article, Schefter is asked where Manning might end up.  In our opinion, guys like Schefter often share their opinions when they are based on something they know or have heard.  Not saying this is absolutely the case, but if you want Peyton Manning on the Dolphins, it’s a good sign that a true insider like Schefter, thinks they have the best shot.

Schefter says that Miami is the favorite right now because they can offer him warm weather and a favorable contract.  He does caution readers by saying that the ‘favorite’ status didn’t work out so well for the Patriots on Sunday.  This is all predicated on the belief that the Colts will decide to cut Peyton before his March 8th roster bonus of $28 mil is due.  Again, once released, Peyton Manning will be a free agent and free to sign with any team that he chooses.

We will keep you posted on Manning’s status, since it seems to change by the day.  If he’s released, it’s going to be a circus.  If you think the LeBron James free agency tour was crazy, just wait until the future Hall of Fame QB is released.

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Interesting offseason ahead for Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins offseason has been underway for about a month.  But after Super Bowl 46 concluded last night, the rest of the NFL officially entered the offseason.  We figure it’ll be a day or 2 until everyone unwinds from the Super Bowl.  Usually, February is a slow month in the NFL as teams reassess their situations and construct their plans for the next season.  Last year, the predominant theme for February was the Lockout.

However, this February won’t be like the others.  Why?  There’s a very real posibility that a future Hall of Fame QB will be available in a few weeks.  I’m sure by Wednesday we’ll return to hearing the latest on Peyton Manning’s health and his status with the Colts.  It will probably be a daily occurrence, so get used to it.  The thing is, we’ll read every story we can find….  Why?   Because the thought of a healthy Peyton Manning on the Dolphins excites fans.  A healthy Peyton Manning on the Dolphins  turns the Dolphins from a laughingstock into a serious contender.  Look no further than how far the Colts fell in 2011 without Manning.  They went from 10-6 and division champs to 2-14 and the worst team in the NFL.  Yes, he’s THAT good.  Imagine what he could do with a 6-10 Dolphins team that has a solid defense and some serious weapons on offense (Marshall, Bush, Bess).

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PhinNation’s Super Bowl Prediction

It seems like months since the Miami Dolphins last took the football field, doesn’t it?  Maybe it’s because the Dolphins’ season ended over a month ago and so much has happened since they officially knocked the Jets out of the playoffs.  Since the season ended, the Dolphins have hired a new coach, and almost an entirely new coaching staff.  Dolphins fans have already started looking ahead to 2012.  Quarterback talk has dominated the headlines.  Whether it’s the Dolphins making a run at Peyton Manning, taking a chance on Matt Flynn, or trading up to get RG3, we all have an opinion on which way they should go.  But, for today, we’ll watch the Super Bowl that features 2 teams that the Dolphins played in the 2011 season.  The Dolphins went 0-3 this season against the Super Bowl teams…Last season they went 1-1, beating the eventual Super Bowl Champion Packers.

So who’s going to win the big game today?  Will it be the Dolphins hated rivals, the New England Patriots?  Or will it be the recently hot, New York Giants?  Everyone seems to think that the Giants are too hot to be stopped AND that they have the Patriots number.  The health of Rob Gronkowski is certainly a big question for the Patriots.  Will the Giants ferocious pass rush be able to contain Tom Brady and the high octane Pats offense?

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Source: Dolphins could be a good fit for Manning

The Peyton Manning hysteria is reaching near fever pitch.  And many of Dolphins fans are loving every second of it.  There is a divide, however.  Some Dolphins fans think Manning would be a great addition, while others think getting a younger QB is the better move (Flynn/RG3).  The biggest question out there is whether or not Peyton Manning will even be able to play like himself, in the 2012 season.  Yes, he’s been medically cleared, but that doesn’t mean his nerves will continue to regenerate, giving him the arm strength that he needs to play at a high level.

One thing is all but certain: He won’t be playing for the Colts.  The ‘fight’ between Manning and Jim Irsay continues to escalate.  Yesterday, it was leaked that Manning has been cleared to return to the NFL by 2 doctors.  Today, Jim Irsay said on Twitter that Peyton hasn’t been cleared by the Colts, nor has he even passed a physical.   Then, Mannings agent (Tom Condon) said that Peyton’s neck is structurally sound and expects to play in 2012.  This story just continues to grow.  And with it, the anticipation of where Peyton will end up does as well.

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Which QB plan do you like best for the Dolphins?

This week, we’ve been breaking down the Miami Dolphins offseason and how it might play out.  As we’ve mentioned, the Dolphins offseason will largely depend on what happens within the next 4-6 weeks.  Just think that 6 weeks from now, we’ll probably know who the Dolphins are targeting as their upgrade at QB…..We will probably know where Peyton Manning is going to play in 2012 (or if he’ll retire)…..We will probably know which team is going to give Matt Flynn a long term contract.  There are a lot of possibilities and it sets up to be an exciting next few weeks….even after the NFL season is over!  Today, we want to know which direction you like best for the Dolphins.  We’ll recap our plans below and provide links for you to reference.  After that, please vote in our poll as we are very interested to know which direction Phin Nation wants the Dolphins to go.

The Peyton Manning Plan

Ah, the most talked about topic at the Super Bowl…Not the Giants…Not the Patriots…But Peyton Manning.  Maybe it’s just interesting to me because I’m delusional and think Peyton will be back to full strength and that the Dolphins will sign him.  BUT, I’m fascinated by the public relations war that has unfolded between Manning and Colts Owner, Jim Irsay.  Irsay has a lot to say on Twitter and is now disputing the report that not 1, but 2 doctors have cleared Peyton Manning to return to the NFL.  Make no mistake, Irsay is making the case that Peyton isn’t ready to play so that it softens the blow and makes it seem like a no brainer for him to release Manning.  It makes it easier for the fan base to understand (or, at least, it’s supposed to).  Manning and Irsay are supposed to talk next week to decide the fate of the QB.  The question doesn’t seem whether Peyton will officially be released by the Colts, but when. Then biggest question is whether or not Peyton can regain the arm strength needed to return to the 4 time MVP winner we all know.

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Peyton Manning medically cleared to return to NFL

The Miami Dolphins and other QB needy teams may have one other QB to choose from. Moments ago, Chris Mortensen of ESPN tweeted that Peyton Manning has been medically cleared to return to the NFL. According to a report 2 different doctors agreed that clearing Manning to return was a safe move. One doctor went so far as to say that if Manning were his son, he would have cleared him to return.

So what does being cleared mean? It means that Peyton Manning’s neck is healed to the point where he can return to the NFL. It does not, however, mean that the nerves have fully regenerated and his arm strength will return immediately (or ever).

Peyton seems determined to return to the NFL, however it probably won’t be with the Colts. We’d expect the Dolphins, Redskins, and Cardinals to make heavy pushes for Manning.

First, though, Manning and the Colts will need to officially part ways. Manning is expected to meet with Jim Irsay within the next week or so. As soon as the Colts release him, expect Stephen Ross and the Dolphins helicopter to make a landing on Manning’s lawn.

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The Robert Griffin III plan for the Dolphins

Today,we conclude our 3 part series on potential Miami Dolphins QB Plans by looking at Robert Griffin III (RG3).  We’ve already looked at the Peyton Plan and the Flynn Plan, but today we want to look at the youngest QB option of them all.  The truth is that all 3 of these QB Plans have risks.  Peyton’s health is a big concern.  Matt Flynn’s inexperience at the NFL level is a concern.  And obviously a rookie QB like RG3 would be a concern for the Dolphins, especially considering what they would have to give up to get him.

Later this month, a coin flip will determine if the Dolphins select 8th or 9th in the April Draft.  The reason for this is because the Dolphins and Panthers finished with the same record and the same exact strength of schedule.  The consensus #1 pick in the draft will be Andrew Luck, no matter how much the Colts tell lobby that they are considering RG3 and Luck.  Don’t buy the hype.  That means that the St. Louis Rams are in the spot that all RG3 hungry teams will want to get to.  According to the Draft Value chart, the #2 pick in the draft is worth 2,600 points.  The Dolphins 8th or 9th pick will be worth 1,400 or 1,350 respectively.  To create a package that would equate to the 2,600 points needed, the Dolphins would need to surrender this year’s 1st and 2nd round picks and next years 1st rounder.  The wrench that could be thrown in here is that this might not simply be a value chart transaction.  There will probably be multiple teams bidding for RG3 (Cleveland, Washington, etc.).  Cleveland, by the way, has 2 first round picks this year and has the #4 pick in the draft.  So, this could turn into a bidding war.  But, before you think about how much the Dolphins would be giving up, watch RG3’s highlight reel:

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