Originally posted by JiksJuicy:
1 SB in 14 years. Said it before, will say it again. 90 mill for a very very small chance of winning the SB./thread
Peyton will somehow come here and suddenly after 14 years be able to win the big one automatically. SOmething he has never done. 1/14 for the GOAT. Not taking away anything Manning has done during regular season, but still chances are just as good with Alex and our 75+ million we saved.
From a financial point of view, I completely agree. Was Peyton worth taking the risk, considering all the salary cap implications and the amount of players we would lose in the process ? Of course not. But then again, Peyton was always a short term solution. The point of getting him was to win now.
The question posed is whether or not Peyton would have been a better fit in our offense. Answering that question alone (not taking into account the cost effectiveness of it), I think the answer is yes. He's a better QB than Alex; he's smarter, more skilled, and more experienced. That doesnt take anything away from Alex, bc he's also very good and is playing lights out for us. But it's clear that Alex is a systems QB --- he's good at what he does based on his supporting cast. Peyton can get by with an average supporting cast.
As for the notion that Peyton has had limited success over his career, one could say the same about Steve Young. Steve only won 1 SB in a span of about a decade, but the reason why he's a beloved Niner is bc he ALWAYS gave us a chance to make it to the big game, and thats exactly what Peyton brought to the table. And thats why Harbaugh entertained the idea of signing him --- not that he guaranteed a SB victory, but on a 1;1 comparison with Alex Smith, the odds were greater that we would win the SB with Manning behind center than with Alex.
Now, based on the current makeup of the team, it makes sense to keep Alex bc with him, we have the ability to keep our defense intact and therefore you're committing MORE years of success with Alex than with Peyton. But in terms of a short term solution, I think Peyton coldve been great --- and I dont think anyone here would have been complaining if Manning was our QB right now.