Re: Is Peyton Manning Done?
posted at 9/24/2011 4:54 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Is Peyton Manning Done?
[QUOTE]I think Denver is in the running for Luck
Posted by Rocky[/QUOTE]
I don't think so, Rock.
Many Colts' supporters are still in "Denial" about the state of Manning's career. Crazies, like "The Dog(gggg)", and the writers at the IndyStar, won't give up the ghost. For example, check out this bit of nonsense by Bob Kravitz: http://www.indystar.com/article/20110923/SPORTS15/109230335/Kravitz-Now-isn-t-time-grab-Next-Quarterback
In the above article, Kravitz recommends that the Colts' pass on finding their QB of the future, and wait for the triumphant return of the "Great Horseface". Then, when Mr. Wonderful returns, the Colts should go out and sign several veterans to surround the "Wonderful One". Kravitz ridiculously compares the Colts situation with Manning to that in Denver with John Elway, in John's fading days.
Here's a sampling of what Colts' fans think of the "Kravitz Plan":
1.) Sorry Kravitz, but this exact article should have been written about 4 years ago. Most casual fans could see how flawed the "build from the draft" and dont spend money in free agency philosophy was. This team has had several terrible flaws for years, and Polian felt the way to "fix" them was to throw in a bunch of late round draft picks or undrafted rookies in there to correct the problems... Which is exactly why there is such a backlash at Bill Polian. A competent GM would have gone "all out" for Manning a couple years ago, not after he's going to be 37 with a career threatening neck injury...even if the Colts were to implore your strategy, according to your previous article you seem to think Jim Caldwell is the man to "lead" them... That right there is a joke, and if you can't see that, then I question your sanity...;
2.) Manning has three or four good years left? Really? (After three surgeries in a year+). The Colts need to build a defense/running game to get him a second SB title? Really? (and a whole lot more). They owe it to him? (As if $26 million in a rehab year and $64 million for the next four isn't enough). The Colts should ask Manning to follow the "Elway model" and defer to a running game? (he's nothing like Elway at this stage of his career)...and the best one of all...
Bringing in a future star QB (like a Luck) now is a bad idea because it might"hurt Peyton's feelings" and force him to go somewhere else? Huh???
Now is DEFINITELY time to get "the next quarterback." The Colts should scout college quarterbacks more this year than they ever have, and take the right guy if he is available in next year's draft.
3.) Right now, nobody knows if Peyton will ever take another snap-the guy has had three surgeries in a year, for cryin' out loud. And with this year's team being lucky to win more than a couple of games, we should get a top five pick, and be able to get a real player. If/when Peyton does come back, he holds a clipboard for a year or two-big deal, he's learning the offense the whole time, and from one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, no less. The Colts have let this QB situation go on for entirely too long-the time to do something about it is NOW;
4.) Kravitz shows that he is an idiot. The Colts had better draft Luck in order to prepare for 2012...Peyton coming back is NOT a given. Folks need to realize that the Colts need more than just a QB, they need to get rid of their idiot coach before anything can change;
5.) Now isn't the time? When *is* the time? When we are down to tag teaming Painter and McAfee at qb? (Or are we waiting for Marshall Manning to grow up?);
6.) Think how radical spinal fusion surgery is. It is a last ditched attempt to give someone a normal life. It is not something done to comeback and be blind-sided by a 300 pound defensive end. If the surgery fails in that environment, the only recourse is a lifetime in a wheel chair. Manning has enough money and a ring; whatever else is out there is not worth the risk. Peyton is smart enough to know he is done;
7.) "Kravitz: Now isn't the time to grab The Next Quarterback". Yeah, that Peyton Manning experiment didn't work out well at all......(roll of eyes) Why would the Colts want to get their hands on the best collegiate QB to come out in the last 10 years? Bob, what makes you, or anyone think Manning will take another snap in this league? Funny how he brings up Denver as an example of QB ineptitude (since Elway left) and in the same breath says we shouldn't consider Luck or Jones to fill the gap left by Manning. He makes as much sense as an Irsay tweet.
Wasn't he just saying a couple days ago we should go get Brett Favre??;
8.) Peyton will not play another snap- ever!! He jobbed the Colts into a huge contract knowing that he wouldn't be ready for this season. He is 35, just had his 3rd neck surgery in a year and a half, and will follow in his brother's footsteps having a career-ending injury. However, congrats to the Colts front office for putting all of their eggs in one broken basket.
9.) So, Let me get this right. Don't draft a high quality quarerback until Peyton Manning has retired - even if one is available? That's a recipe for disaster;
10.) The next coach of the Colts is already here - PM. Ditch Caldwell, sign PM as coach and draft Luck as QB playing for one the greatest QBs to ever move into the coach's seat. Speaking as someone whose family is in the medical field, PM will never take another snap.
11.) Kravitz...One day you say that the Colts need to find a replacement for Manning and the next you write just the opposite. I think I will go with what a female dental assistant told me when I was in the chair yesterday afternoon being worked on. She said that Manning will not be the same after spinal fusion surgery and that his field of vision will be limited. If that is the case, he will get sacked more than a 20 lb. bag of Idaho potatoes each game he plays in;
12.) Who says Peyton has 3-4 more good years? Does Kravitz have inside information he isn't sharing with us? My sources -- and yes, they are credible -- say Manning is unlikely to take another snap. If that's the case, I wonder if Kravitz would want to retract this article.