The Peyton Manning sweepstakes is going to be utter madness. No matter his health situation, 20 some teams are going to go all out to convince Manning why he should come to their city and set up shop.
Teams like Philadelphia and San Fransisco are going to offer Peyton a chance to play for a perennial contender. Arizona is going to point to what Kurt Warner did with Larry Fitzgerald as well as the weather. Miami is going to ask Peyton, "If it was good for LeBron, shouldn't it be good for you?" The list goes on and on.
But what, you ask yourself, does our beloved Chiefs have to offer? And at a glance, it would appear "not as much as others". The team has been in flux for 5 years now. 3 head coaches, massive turnover on the roster, inconsistent play. You may say "But that young core is outstanding!!" Maybe. I think they are, but the proof isn't there to a casual observer. Losing by 27+ points five times in one season may cloud the issue in Peyton's mind.
There's the bar-b-que. Of course in order to feast Peyton would have to give up 8 home games in a dome for the first time in his pro career.
But KC does have something that virtually no other team has in the NFL.
An open Offensive Coordinator spot.I know that the comment "Manning for OC" has been jokingly bandied around this site multiple times. But what if it wasn't a joke? What if Pioli/Hunt offered to make Peyton Manning the co-Offensive Coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs?
Think of it. Offer to let Manning have full input on who was his co-OC on the sidelines that worked with him. Give Peyton the full control that a standard offensive coordinator would have. Let him have input on free agency and the draft. If he can't play because of health issues, so what? He'd be part of the staff until he was healthy enough to get on the field. Give him assurances that when he retires, he could take over the position full time.
Then take all that cap money to raid the free agents from Indy that he would want on his new offense.
Let's be honest. I love KC. You love KC. But Kansas City has been a backwater for the NFL for a looooonnnngggg time. Convincing Peyton Manning that his new home should be Arrowhead is going to take creative thinking. And this is about as creative as a team could get.
Manning would come onto a team with an established defensive coach that has been around the block and would not feel threatened. Crennel would have his OC. KC would have its QB. And Manning would have his introduction into the NFL coaching world. Is there any doubt that's where he's going after his career is over?
If it didn't work, so what. Swing for the fences. Landing Manning as a QB/OC would immediately catapult KC into the NFL's upper echlon in terms of media coverage. Prime time games would be guranteed. Even if Manning didn't get on the field the NFL and its fans would want to see if a player/coach could actually work.
The move would be dissected ad nauseum for years by every sports news agency there is. And ultimately, isn't that what Clark Hunt wants? His team in the national media, discussed, dissected and generating revenue along with that interest? Win for the business side.
And if the football side worked...
What say you AP? Crazy talk?