Peyton Manning’s Decision Could Change the Legacies of Bill Belichick and Mike Shanahan

If there is a Mount Rushmore of quarterbacks from the last decade, it will likely be Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, and Drew Brees (though I would sooner put Ben Roethlisberger up there, as I think Brees benefits from the system and O-line more than most QB’s). The coaches who’ve accomplished the most are arguably Bill Belichick, Tom Coughlin, and Mike Shanahan.

Interestingly, though, Bill Belichick and Mike Shanahan have never won a Super Bowl after being caught cheating. Shanahan’s Broncos teams cheated on the salary cap, and Belichick’s Championship Patriots videotaped signals to get an edge.

Belichick wants to get this scarlet letter for cheating removed. The Patriots have the most complete, best offense in the NFL when healthy. They are drafting and signing this off-season with the intent on bringing their defense to a Super Bowl level before their O-line gets too old. Surely a Matt Flynn-led Dolphins team or a Mark Sanchez-led Jets team couldn’t stand in their way. Enter Peyton Manning. Until now, Belichick has mostly owned both Manning and the AFC East. If Manning signs with one of them, any untainted Patriots Super Bowl run has to go through him. Manning could still be a formidable force, and there’s no telling how difficult the challenge would be with him on a new team with a better defense than the Colts usually have.

Mike Shanahan may be relying on Peyton Manning to bring him back to the Super Bowl.

Hopefully, we’ll know in a few days what team he ends up on. However, if reports of contract negotiations are true, maybe he stays in Indianapolis. I would think he’d have a better chance winning in 2012 just about anywhere else.

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2 Responses to “Peyton Manning’s Decision Could Change the Legacies of Bill Belichick and Mike Shanahan”

  1. Duane says:

    They will have to go through him ? LOL. He hasn’t done anything to keep the other teams in the AFC from winning SuperBowls. As far as going through him, he has 7 first round playoff exits. The most than any QB in the history of the game. They go through him like hot butter. He has just ONE SuperBowl win in all those playoff appearances which so happens to be tied for second most All-Time and that was when teams couldn’t get by his defense in the playoffs that year. Save the Peyton hype.

  2. Duane says:

    Peyton- 11 playoff appearances, 7 first round exits, 2 SuperBowl appearances and ONE SuperBowl win.

    Belichick(with Brady)- 9 playoff appearances, 2 first round exits, 5 SuperBowl appearances, 3 SuperBowls and a perfect regular season.

    You know who he keeps from winning SuperBowls ? The COLTS! In his 10 playoff losses he has scored more than 18 points just ONE TIME. Odds of winning in the playoffs scoring 18 points or less? 9%. Good luck with that. And the media blames his defense. 7 of those 10 losses were within ONE score. In 8 of those 10 losses he was sacked ONE or less. So much for blaming his O-line. Try again Chris.