Luck & Manning don't want to co-exists

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  1. dream_team

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  2. Goatcheese

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    They would have been sub .500 even with Forehead. That is a miserably bad football team.

    They won't win the AFCS any time soon.
     
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    I hope they keep Manning around. Even if he returns, he can't have that much elite-level football left in him at his age.

    Then they wouldn't have Luck to develop and would have to re-build at that point.

    This season has exposed something fundamentally broken with the Colts when they seem like they have just given up on the season and do not even appear to be trying to win a game.

    One player can obviously mean the difference between a winning record or losing record, but man, one player means the difference between just winning a single game?
     
  4. Texecutioner

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    The Colts were just 10-6 last season. The only reason their season went so haywire this year is because they didn't have any time to prepare without Manning and he declared himself unable to play right before the season. They had to wing it from there and it blew up in their face, because their entire offense was built upon letting Manning do his thing. Their team wasn't built to plug in different players like that.

    If a healthy Manning comes back and they can get several important players or draft picks that can help them right away, they are a serious threat for the division next year. Maybe not as serious as they were a few years ago, but you quickly have forgotten who ran this division for the last 10 years.
     
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    I too doubt Caldwell will pick Luck over Manning. But just when I think there are certain things that can't be done in football, like trading your starting quarterback of nearly a decade to a division rival (McNabb), they prove me wrong. There's been all sorts of wishy-washy rumors about a Manning-to-the-Jets trade that seem to come and go every couple of months.

    Yes, giving up the first pick overall in the draft will get a fair amount of quality players, but a guy of Manning's level can and probably will give them more trade value. You're talking about a guy who is not only a proven elite quarterback in the NFL, but a guy who, by virtue of not playing this year, has proven that he can single-handedly bring a poorly coached team to a consistent 10+ win season. Imagine if he goes to a team that has a rock solid defensive minded scheme and coach, such as the Niners. And for Luck, you'll only have a few teams interest for leverage. If you put Manning on the trade block, I'd imagine they'll get calls from teams you wouldn't even think would have interest in a quarterback: Cowboys, Falcons, Bills, Cardinals, Jets, Ravens, Texans.
     
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    I think the Manning family is way too media savvy for this not to be a planned statement. Archie is sending a message for Peyton.
     
  7. Texecutioner

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    The problem was that the entire Colts offense was built around letting Manning dictate to everything without hardly any real coaching intervention to get in the way of Manning doing his thing. They didn't any ample time to find the right QB in the off season to prepare a new game plan where a new QB could be successful with what their OC could design for that offense. Their offense including Manning didn't look near as good last season if you remember. Their defense had been getting a lot worse last season as well. I think if Manning would have made it known that he as going to be hurt for the whole season they would have been able to prepare better. The Colts weren't built like many other teams.

    They were built upon Manning scoring a lot of points and having teams play from behind to where their defense had a "bend but don't break" style of playing where a lot of teams were forced to throw on them or to try and run time off the clock if they were ahead to keep Manning off the field. Either way, it was usually a pretty predictable approach for the Colts defense on how they defended against other teams. The way that team was built was meant for a disaster if Manning went down, because it effected their entire style of how they effectively beat teams.
     
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    I agree, Tex, on how the team was built around Manning getting leads and outscoring opponents.

    But, his absence does not explain the epic amount of QUIT that we are witnessing with the Colts. NFLN has been talking about it, and they have shown low-lights where players are not even following through on assignments. They are flat out quitting on Caldwell. That's just pathetic. We never saw that kind of lame even with the 2-14 Texans!
     
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    I do think we saw that kind of lame with the 2-14 Texans. They were awful in many games and looked like they weren't in it to me, but that's another subject.

    I've always believed that one man on a football team can at times effect the entire team with his greatness or his absence at times. It's very rare, but for instance I've seen team's defenses all of a sudden begin to over achieve and play much better than what was expected or where they had been playing once they get a huge spark with a new player or a QB that can get so hot that they don't want to let him down and then they become expired. I noticed a few of those Packers teams defenses that would all of a sudden start playing better when they were in the hunt and Brett would get on fire. We're seeing it right now with Tim Tebow big time!! Their defense all of a sudden went from being awful to being a pretty good unit.

    I think the Colts defense was able to do that for many years, because they always felt like if Manning was out there throwing the ball around they were in the game and had a chance. It inspired them not to let the offense down even though they knew they were the bad unit on the team. When Manning isn't in there and you've got some Curtis Painter or Collins in there who nobody trusts or has any faith in that attitude gels all over the team and all of a sudden no one is inspired anymore. Just my observations on what I've seen with quite a few teams at times.
     
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    I don't know, man. I'm not defending the 2-14 Texans by any means, but this Colts team is 0-12 and might very well be on the way to a winless season.

    At least the Texans won a couple of games, fwiw.
     
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    I always thought that kick was missed on purpose, but that's just me. I could be wrong, but the timing of such an awful miss by Brown just looked obvious to me. I wanted him to miss as well since we needed that first pick of the draft and we all thought we'd be getting a new QB.
     
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    The Colts have no one to blame but themselves. IMO, they spent too much money on the stars (3-5 players, maybe), which left enough money for average to below average players at best. They were also too reliant on Manning.

    I think Polian's way overrated these days. Look at his past first rounders since 05.

    05 - Marlin Jackson
    06 - Joseph Addai
    07 - Anthony Gonzales
    08 - No pick
    09 - Donald Brown
    10 - Jerry Hughes
    11 - Anthony Castonzo

    Granted, they've been picking towards the end of the round, but damn.

    edit: Sorry for being a tad off-topic
     
  13. Goatcheese

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    I'm not saying they would be 0-12 with Manning, but I don't think they would have pulled out 8 wins this year; maybe 6-7.

    He isn't the only guy they are missing this year. Clint Session was a huge part of what they did on defense and losing him exposed all of the other guys he was covering for.

    Add that with some of their young guys regressing and old guys(Saturday) getting extra strength old along with trying to reshuffle a train wreck O-line and it was a perfect storm that not even Manning could have overcome.
     
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    I wonder how the Manning trade would work considering his contract. He's owed $28M in March, as the article states, or he becomes a free agent. Who picks up that tab? How many teams would be willing or able to take on his contract?
     
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    I agree.

    I think their 10-6 record from last year is deceptive. Manning willed them to some of those victories. They were going to have a rough year this year with him. Certainly not 0-12, but not good.

    Very good point.
     
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    Most experts seem to think his contract makes him pretty much untradable. They either have to cut him before the big money hit or they are going to keep him.
     
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    If that's the case, I'm fine with them taking Luck. They're going to need some serious rebuilding. On the other hand, keeping Manning, if healthy, and trading the #1 pick could beef up their areas of need much quicker.
     
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    Remember when Bush was a lock for the 1st overall pick in the draft, I just have a feeling history is going to repeat itself again but this time the colts can shock the world. hopefully the world will be right this time though, LOL.
     
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    I'd rather them have Luck than Manning. There's a 99% chance that Luck won't be as good or better than Manning and he's been our achilles heel since 2002.
     
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    If the colts were smart they would trade there number 1 pick and keep manning
     

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