The mention of the words “Peyton Manning” will get any Tennessee fan giddy.
The mention of Peyton Manning returning to the Volunteers as a coach, well, that has the potential to spur the biggest party that Knoxville, Tenn., has ever seen.
Neither seems out of the question. While speaking as a guest on Dan Patrick’s radio show on Thursday, Manning said he would never consider being a head coach, but that he would think about coaching if one opportunity opened up.
“Quarterback coach, I would (do it) at Tennessee…head coach, no,” Manning told Patrick, according to executive producer of the Dan Patrick Show, Paul Pabst.
The chances of Tennessee’s quarterback coaching job opening up anytime soon is slim, as the Vols hired Mike DeBord in February to serve as the team’s offensive coordinator and QB coach.
Given the high expectations surrounding Vols quarterback Joshua Dobbs this season, it seems even more unlikely. But if things don’t work out in Tennessee’s passing game in the near future, the Manning grumblings could be on the horizon.
The 17-year NFL veteran played for Tennessee from 1994-1997, leading the Vols to a 1997 SEC title. He finished his senior year with a laundry list of awards that included a consensus First-Team All-American selection, the 1997 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and the 1997 AP SEC Player of the Year award.
He’s arguably the best player to ever come through Knoxville, and could quite possibly be the next great hire for Tennessee.