Re: Acrchie Manning
posted at 12/29/2010 11:03 AM EST
In Response to Re: Acrchie Manning
[QUOTE]Ah the Mannings... Archie was a victim of very bad N.O. teams in those years. Remember all those Saints fans in the stands with paper bags over their heads. They invented that during the Manning years. Not his fault. He was okay. Eli is terribly inconsistent and they are calling for his head in NYC. Peyton is the real deal. Sorry boys, he's a great HOF Q.B.. IMO, he's not as good a Brady and he never will be. He's got one ring and he choked when he had the chance for a second. He's not getting any younger and the Colts as a team are reaching the implode point, meaning they hav e rebuilding in their future too.. However, there will be no rebuilding and championship run at the same time as the Patriots are doing. What the PATS are achieving this year is truly historic, you're rebuilding but while you do it, you suddenly are the best team in the NFL... You can't make this stuff up. Nobody, except some here on this forum, was picking the PATS for anything this season.
Posted by Dessalines[/QUOTE]
I'd be interested in discussing this further (the rebuilding you suggest that the colts will be going through in the near future).
Lets see -
Receivers - last year the colts introduced 2 new receivers into the mix that they went to the superbowl with. This year they are playing with another new one (White) and a younger TE (Tamme) and a rookie blocking TE (Eldridge). If Wayne and Clark go, will the colts be that bad off?
RB - This area may need some work. Donald Brown in his second year does not appear to be the player that Addai is, but has had some good games the last couple. Mike Hart - 3rd 4th year player appeared to be a solid #2 back but has been out with an ankle much of the year.
Oline - This area does need work. I am not being fooled by the last 2 games that the colts line has held up well. But, if they have really come around, then Jeff Saturday (35) and Ryan Diem (31) are the only o-linemen over 26.
D-line - Interior d-line is 27 or younger. Exterior - Freeney (30), Mathis (29) and they drafted a player just like these guys in Hughes.
LB - Brackett is 30, then every other significant LB is 26 or younger. Colts drafted Brackett's replacement, Pat Angerer this year.
DB - Sanders will be gone, then the oldest DB, Hayden, is 27. All are younger.
In my opinion, the colts have retooled on the run and constantly tried to balance youth and experience. The oldest true impact player on the colts that I have concern about replacing is Saturday. Otherwise, the colts, imo, are in pretty good shape currently and for the future. A team simply cannot expect to have the same kind of success it previously had when so many key players are injured. And by this, I don't just mean those out on IR. The colts have had multiple players out of many games recovering from injury. Further, their replacements have been injured to the extent that they have been held out of practice to recover in time to play the next game. That really hurts continuity.