So Peyton Manning has narrowed his choices for his new home to two teams it seems.
The Denver Broncos and the Tennessee Titans are in the final leg of the Peyton Manning sweepstakes jockeying for position to land one of the greatest quarterbacks in league history. Landing Manning would make either team a playoff contender and would make them an attractive destination for free agents to come to.
However, you can’t say that if Manning becomes a Titan or a Bronco that they would be a Super Bowl contender. Both teams have defensive deficiencies that would prevent them from going farther than where they could go.
What is shocking is that there is one team out there that has all of the pieces in place on offense an defense that would make them extremely attractive to Manning and would ensure him a shot at an elusive second title.
Ladies and gentlemen I present to you the Baltimore Ravens.
Yeah, they drafted Joe Flacco to be the QB of the future but let’s not kid ourselves about him. Flacco is not and probably will not be an elite QB. Flacco is not even in the tier of QB’s that are next in line to be great.
He’s not Matt Stafford, Jay Cutler, Andy Dalton or Cam Newton. Flacco is another in the long line of game managers under center that have worn a Ravens uniform in its short history.
Yes I know he’s won playoff games and almost went to two Super Bowl’s in his first four seasons, however even in this year’s playoffs it was clear that Flacco was just there to make sure he wasn’t trying to blow it for the Ravens defense.
Look at the Ravens-Texans matchup in round two this year. The Ravens almost lost to T.J. Yates in his fifth career start even though he threw three picks which allowed the Ravens to score 17 early points.
Flacco was sacked five times, was unable to move the ball on a long field, couldn’t gain a third down and often looked inept under center.
And this is your franchise QB?
The Ravens have lived and died by their defense ever since they drafted Ray Lewis. It has been a championship caliber defense that has only one ring to show for its effort and has only a handful of playoff appearances. The reason? Trent Dilfer, Anthony Carter, Elvis Grbac, Kyle Boller, Joe Flacco and a cast of other subpar QB’s.
The window for the Ravens to win another title is closing. In order to win another ring they need a better QB.
So why not go after Manning? And if you’re Manning why wouldn’t you play in Baltimore?
Ray Rice, Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta are better than anything Denver and Tennessee has to offer in your arsenal.
Plus this would be the first time in Manning’s career that he has a defense that wouldn’t put more pressure on him to do too much. For years the Colts defense was either too banged up or too weak to support the offense in Indianapolis and that prevented the Colts from being more successful than what they could’ve been.
In Baltimore he wouldn’t have to worry about having to score time after time. Not with Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata make life miserable for other offenses.
This would be a perfect marriage. The Ravens and Manning want another ring. Lewis and Manning are in the twilight of their careers but have more than enough left in their tanks to make another run. The arrival of Manning would make Baltimore the favorites to win it all.
Yet Baltimore is content with Flacco under center and Manning hasn’t given them a look.
As Manning narrows his choices and comes close to a decision I think he’s missing out on a huge opportunity in Baltimore as are the Ravens by not inquiring about him.
If they were both serious about winning another title then Baltimore would trade Joe Flacco and Peyton Manning would sign on to wear the purple and black.
It’s right in front of their eyes, I just wish that they would see it how I see it.