Then I began to think, what if Manning decided to make his way to the Houston Texans? What a great fit that would be. With Peyton Manning in Gary Kubiak’s pro style pass/run offense the sky would be the limit. As well as Matt Schaub has done for the Texans, I can only imagine how far a guy like Manning could take the club. Even with a healthy Schaub at the helm, I fear the Texans would plateau around the 1st or 2nd round of the playoffs. But with a proven Super Bowl winner in Manning, that could put us over the top. And consider the possibilities with the newly signed Arian Foster as his running back…that would be more running game to protect Manning than he may have ever had at Indianapolis.
Furthermore a defense under Wade Phillips that made tremendous gains this year would only work to provide even more opportunities for the tandem of Manning and Foster to put the ball in the end zone. Oh and let’s not forget the targets Manning would have in tight ends Owen Daniels and Joel Dreesen along with the prolific Andre Johnson, who has led the Texans in receiving nearly every season since 2002. There to protect Manning up front is an offensive line that has continued to improve over the last few years including allowing Matt Schaub less than 2 sacks a game in 10 games.
So Mr. McNair and Mr. Smith, if you are out there reading this let me say what better way would there be to celebrate our 10 years as club than with Peyton Manning, Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and the original head coach Gary Kubiak hoisting in pride this year’s Lombardi Trophy. It’s not too late, the circus has just begun.