There are mainly two sides of the Manning story.
- Manning is getting healthy and progressing
- Peyton Manning himself
- Manning Family
- Mort Christensen
- Bill Polian
- Somewhat Adam Schefter
- Manning Agent
- Renowned surgeon who did the surgery
- Colts’ Neurosurgeon
- Colts players such as Addai, Adam Vinatieri
- Jim Irsay himself
- Bob Kravitz
- Peter King
- John Clayton
- Jason LaCanfora with Colts sources
- Team sources
Facts that are lost: Manning is NOT expected to regain his arms-strength at this time unless he has super-human healing abilities.
Then everybody else takes sides.
*Welcome any comments and suggestions to add to the list.
If Jim Irsay does not stop tweeting and fighting with Manning, I am sure some Colts fans will go off the cliff. This totally useless, unnecessary and futile spat being played out in public makes some Colts fans feel actually worse than having a 2-16 season.
What is the point in all these?
Irsay wants to win. And, he will stoop so low as to be the drama queen to not let Peyton have a say in Peyton’s own health or affairs.
What irks Irsay? That Peyton has grown so big and large that he has lost control of “his” team, the horseshoe? That Irsay’s ego cannot tolerate a star QB that he drafted, and soon will let go, to exit gracefully?
It is absolutely ridiculous to fight with an icon, the greatest QB of all time, whom your team lost and then went to a 2-16 season.
As Steve A. Smith of ESPN’s First Take said, what did Peyton do wrong? Nothing other than being hurt!
As Pete Prisco of CBSSports wrote, there are many many other things that riled Peyton during his time in Indy but he never opens his mouth and blabs about them. This is the first time ever that Peyton fights back.
What the Championship games tell us, we should have known already….
The Patriots and the Giants won the AFC and the NFC Championship games. Following are some minor or major observations by yours truly.
- Yes, special teams can make or break a game – Billy Cundiff of the Ravens and Kyle Williams of the 49ers know a thing or two about that. Colts ST should also know a thing or two about that…. 2009 SB and 2010 Wild Card Game?
- WR drops in the end zone or close to the end zone do make a difference when you really need to score.
- Yes, It is better lucky than good – Brady threw 2 INTs and no TDs (run TD should not count when you are talking about QB stats) & the Patriots still won. In other news, Brady never really won the SB rings by himself, did he?
- Great Defensive ball games are quite boring…. but I think Peyton will kill to have a defense like the Giants or the 49ers, or the Ravens.
- Peyton would like to have some of Brady’s luck, not that Luck or Brady’s Uggs….
- Side Note – Keith Brooking does not show he is a very smart football analyst when he started saying “QBs are judged by the number of rings”. Again, he thinks Terry Bradshaw is a better QB than Dan Marino. Moreover, he said that in front of Jeff Saturday. SMH
- The Mannings are invincible!
More thoughts to come… share yours in the comment section of write your own posts
It is a very sad time for me personally at least, to finally be facing the very likely possibility that Manning will be released by the Colts. Some of the fans are still holding out hopes that Manning will stay for a year or two, mentoring Luck. Well, to be honest, my gut instinct, like some veteran Colts bloggers or fans, tells me that is it not “feasible”.
Now Caldwell has been released. It is time for me to share with you why I think Manning will be released.
- $28 Million bonus – while it is not the most important factor obviously if Manning is healthy, since Irsay believes the GOAT is worth it. However, if Manning is not 100% or 110% healthy, this price tag is indeed too deep. Don’t forget the $23 Millions already lost (Irsay may consider that the price to pay for #1 Luck this year).
- New GM Ryan Grigson is only 39 years old, with a Feb birthday and Manning a March birthday, he is only 4 years older than Manning. If I were him, I would prefer a young pup to boss around or manage, rather than having to deal with an ever-powerful 4-time MVP in the Colts organization. He may not be the final decision maker on Manning, but do you think he will not forcefully put in his 2 cents?
- Manning probably will not be 100% by March 8. Don’t be mistaken in thinking that Manning will not be 100% healthy again, he simply will most likely not be healthy by that “deadline”.
- Irsay has explicitly compared this year to 1998, like 100 times? Yes, he will have a new GM, Coach and QB, and he has 28 million excuses to do that.
- Irsay is smitten with Luck, due to the Manning comparison, most Colts fans are – personally I think it is a big mistake.
- Irsay wants a balanced team, which means spending on both sides of the balls has to be very similar. A new Top #1 QB contract is most palatable in this aspect.
- Although Luck has said all the “right” things, or basically nothing of notice, he does not want to sit on the bench, see comments after Fiesta Bowl loss.
- I will add more when my mind returns to normal….
Let us share this tweet from an impartial 3rd party, a WR no less..
I think the colts are going to let Peyton manning go and it will be the biggest mistake in that franchise history
— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) January 17, 2012
Let me make it clear that I am all for sticking with the GOAT for a few more years if he is healthy and trade the 1st pick to get a boatload of talents and make a few more SB runs. But Peyton’s health and timing cannot be ignored. While it is highly likely he can come back 100%, but by no means before March 8, or even before the draft. Irsay is no dummy, for 28 Million dollars, I believe he will cut ties with his family too!
Feel free to post using the “write your own post links, and comments. Personal attacks or insulting languages are not acceptable, mind you. We shall have some thought-provoking discussions. Personal opinions and instincts by definition are personal, they need not be the same with everybody.
if he has to leave… which team will be the best for him to win another SB or two?
Whether you were rooting for them to win or lose – yes, some “fans” were actually pulling for their team to lose the game- against the Jags, the Colts finally secured the 1st overall pick in the 2012 draft.
For this draft, we have the best QB prospect since Peyton Manning himself: Andrew Luck from Stanford.
Draft experts said he was going to be the 1st overall pick in 2012 and his season confirmed that. Heck, he was supposed to be taken 1st overall had he entered the 2011 draft.
Problem is, the team with the 1st pick already has its franchise QB. And he’s a pretty good one.
The speculation about the Colts taking Luck in the draft started from Week 1, when we found out Peyton would most probably miss the entire season.
Many experts have said that Luck is a safe bet, and that he would give the Colts 10-15 years of great success. Several stories saying the Colts should move on from Manning started to pop up from the media, that Jim Irsay should start thinking about the future and say goodbye to the 35-year-old Manning who’s also battling a really serious neck injury.
Apparently, for those experts, the safe thing to do is take a rookie (who’s supposed to be the next big thing) over one of the greatest QBs of all time. If Peyton Manning is healthy, does that make any sense? Not to me, but that’s a different story.
Guys like Bob Kravitz are obsessed with Andrew Luck. He’s SO confident that Luck will bring 10-15 years of greatness to the lucky team that takes him. How does he know that? Beats me.
For a moment, let’s assume the Colts actually decide to take Luck. Is he a safe bet? That’s IMPOSSIBLE to know. He could very well be the next big thing or the biggest bust of all time.
We can only look to the past and see how well QBs taken 1st overall have done and see if things look good for Andrew or not.
This piece will only consider QBs taken during the Super Bowl era. Of course the hype with all them was tremendous. They were all supposed to be franchise QB and destined to win multiple SBs.
1970 – Terry Bradshaw (PIT):
Won 4 SBs: ’74, ’75, ’78, ‘79
Played with Pittsburgh from 1970 to 1983.
3× Pro Bowl selection (1975, 1978, 1979)
1978 NFL MVP
We are proud to annouce the launching of a new blog that focuses mainly on our man #18 Peyton Manning, or anything Manning related.
Here are a few things:
- This is a blog that will constantly improve, especially in the areas of blog design, layouts, features & functionalities.
- Baby steps will be taken so we won’t trip over our feet.
- Reader supports, comments & post contributons will be essential to the growth of the blog.
- Peyton Manning is our Man! Of course, in our opinions, the greatest NFL QB of all time!
We will be adding some general guidelines, common-sense rules and etiquettes on the blog. Courtesy is expected from everybody. In chronciling the GOAT who is one of the classiest players in NFL history, we should hold ourselves to a higher standard.
Have fun! Enjoy! Watch out for constant improvements, news, analyses and fun stuff, anything on #18.
January 02, 2012