Very rarely does a team with arguably one of the best quarterbacks of all time enter a phase of self doubt. However when that man is Peyton Manning and your team depends on his expertise to get you in the right situation or play, then when he goes missing you look like you have never played the game before.
This off season Peyton had his third neck surgery. When you start talking injuries of the neck and head, it is really time to think about life after football. The Colts threw Manning a ton of cash to get him interested in playing again and despite his injuries, Manning is hell bent on returning to the game of football.
Without Manning the Colts are a shell of their former selves. The offense that was put in to give Manning more autonomy to make changes doesn't work if he isn't at the helm, or a person with his similar skill set is not at the helm. Let's face it, there aren't a lot of guys like Peyton Manning out there in this world.
However, Manning is making 23 million dollars this season and he probably won't even play a snap. If he misses the entire season, the Colts are in an interesting predicament. Chances are without Manning they will have the worst record in the NFL unless the ghost of Johnny Unitas invades the body of Kerry Collins and wills them to a few victories. Chances are that will not happen as the Reece Bobby (Ricky Bobby's Dad) look alike is prone to turning the ball over.
So do the Colts make a bold move to salvage the season and make a trade for a young athletic quarterback or do they swallow the venom of the season and get arguably the best quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning in the draft in Andrew Luck? If the Colts are smart, they opt for option number two. Can you imagine Andrew Luck under the tutelage of Peyton Manning for two seasons? That would be epic for that young man's career.
Luck most definitely could run that offense and it's time that the Colts start looking to the future. Sometimes it's hard to let a legend go, but eventually every stallion has to head off to the glue factory. It was hard for the 49ers to let Joe Montana go. It was hard for the Packers to let Lorenzo Favre go. However in both cases the man waiting in the wings was worthy enough to send that legend packing and offer a new beginning.
Peyton Manning will have a future in this league for a long time barring a ridiculously stupid incident. The man has charisma and he will be a great coach or analyst some day. He may still have some football left in him but he has already crossed the apex. Get two more years out of him and groom young Andrew. Interestingly enough the man that told Luck to go back to college for his senior year may be replaced by him. If the Colts pull this off then they should be happy that they can go back to being a top notch organization for several season instead of salvaging your future for one.
Stay Breezy ~ I'm Out!