Monday, March 12, 2012
Manning meeting Munchak's big moment
By Paul Kuharsky
Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network said it first -- the Titans have a foot in the door with Peyton Manning.
Then our Chris Mortensen just tweeted:
“Peyton Manning will meet w Dolphins coach Joe Philbin & Titans coach Mike Munchak during next 3 days, scheduled away from team facilities.”
We’ve arrived, then, at Munchak’s biggest moment in his little over a year as coach of the Titans.
In 2010, he won over Matt Hasselbeck with relative ease.
Little did we know that he would be building off of that sales pitch to one less than a year later for an all-time great.
Munchak is a Hall of Fame player, an up-and-coming coach and an intelligent businessman. He can sell.
Can he outsell John Elway?
Munchak doesn’t have Elway’s personality or Super Bowls, but I think he’s got a shot.
He’s got an offensive coordinator in Chris Palmer who worked with Manning’s brother, Eli, as quarterback coach for the Giants when they beat the Patriots the first time for a Lombardi Trophy.
He’s got a line that might be the best pass protection line Manning’s ever played behind.
He’s got Kenny Britt getting healthy. He’s got a No. 2 receiver in Nate Washington, who got way better when they upgraded to Hasselbeck.
He’s got a dynamic tight end in Jared Cook who finished strong.
He’s got Chris Johnson looking to rebound, who could really benefit from a leap from the passing game.
So long as Munchak can explain how GM Ruston Webster, who was disinclined to chase Manning, has come to terms with Bud Adams’ mandate to go get him, he’s got enough to make a compelling case.