Dolphins coach called Peyton Manning after Ryan Tannehill got hurt last season

Last December, the Miami Dolphins lost quarterback Ryan Tannehill for the season when he suffered a partially torn ACL after taking a low hit from then-Cardinals defensive lineman Calais Campbell. With only Matt Moore and a couple inexperienced down-roster players behind Tannehill, Dolphins coach Adam Gase decided to make a call. 

Gase had previously been the offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, and he worked with a pretty famous future Hall of Fame quarterback while he was in that role. According to that quarterback's father, Gase gave the future Hall of Famer a ring to gauge his interest in playing out the remainder of the season with the Dolphins. 

Of course we're talking about Peyton Manning. According to Manning's father, former Saints quarterback Archie Manning, this is how it went down. 

"It started with Gase," Archie said, per the Times-Picayune. "He said, 'Hey 18, Tannehill went down.' He said, 'I think he's going to miss some time. The first question I'm going to get at the press conference in the morning is if I'm going to try to bring you to Miami. What do you want me to tell them?'

"The text message came back from Peyton: 'You tell them I could probably come play, but there's no way I can miss carpool the next two weeks.' So, he was done."

After getting the "no" from Peyton, the Dolphins stuck with Moore in Tannehill's place. They won two of their final three games of the season to make the playoffs, with Moore completing 63 percent of his passes and throwing eight touchdowns against three interceptions. The Miami offense stalled out during their first-round playoff matchup with the Steelers, though. Despite Moore's efficient 29-of-36 outing, the team scored only 12 points and was basically out of it early in the second quarter. 

CBS Sports Writer

Jared Dubin is a New York lawyer and writer. He joined CBSSports.com in 2014 and has since spent far too much of his time watching film and working in spreadsheets. Full Bio

Show Comments Hide Comments
Our Latest Stories