Any question about how the Tennessee Titans, and particularly coach Mike Munchak, fared in their dealings with quarterback Peyton Manning seemingly is answered in a report by Peter King currently on Sports Illustrated’s website.
"I wish I hadn't gotten so close to [Munchak]," Manning said.
King spoke to Manning and other key figures who were involved in Manning’s search for a new team, which played out over a week and a half and took the former University of Tennessee star to numerous states.
The story details the quarterback’s efforts to avoid media scrutiny — particularly in Tennessee — and reveals that he confided in several notable people, including former Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy and Bill Parcells. In fact, according to the story, Manning made a last-minute change of site of his workout for the Titans when he saw a crowd gathered at the UT football facility.
"Just keep driving, and when you get close, call me, and I'll tell you where to go,” Manning reportedly told Munchak that day.
They ended up at Webb School in Knoxville.
According to King, it came down to a choice between the Titans, Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals. Most reports presumed that the San Francisco 49ers and not the Cardinals were among the ‘finalists.’
Manning made his decision on March 18, a Sunday, and informed the teams the next day.