Much ado about nothing and everything

5 Feb

Everyone is speculating on Peyton Manning, and Andrew Luck.

Andrew Luck, if drafted with the #1 pick will not be ready to go “right out of the box.”  The list of successful rookie quarterbacks is short–Roethlisberger, Ryan, Flacco, and if you go way back to the 80s, Marino.  Great players, great records and they all had a great supporting cast to help them.

Unfortunately the 2011 season exposed the glaring weaknesses that were hidden by the brilliance of Peyton Manning, so doing a little speculating I don’t see the Colts potential new quarterback escaping his rookie season uninjured as he learns the ropes on the run.

Why not keep Peyton around to show the new kid how it’s done–he can still throw, his velocity is in question and the short game with the quick release was always how they moved the ball anyway.  Manning has already stated he wants to stay a Colt and retire from football wearing the same uniform so with that “negotiation door” opened, how about chopping that March bonus to a more manageable number and leave the rest to sign the #1 draft pick giving the Colts the best of both worlds.

Peyton has always been a team player, when his current contract was negotiated he took a smaller number than was offered to help keep other key players so I’m thinking he’s trying to do it again.  It’s not like he’ll be underpaid or anything so why take two HUGE chances at the same time:

1. Trade the face of the Colts that already knows the system who might or might not be as good as before–Manning at 80% is still better than most at 100%


2. Mortgage the farm on a highly touted but unproven rookie that still could be a bust and remind everyone how lucky the Colts were to pick Manning over Leaf.

It’s time for the Colts to hedge their bets, renegotiate with Peyton and then sign Luck–or Griffin and let the rookie learn how to play at the NFL level for a year or two, keeping him healthy and learn the game like Aaron Rodgers did watching his future HOF mentor.

The past is prologue, learn from experience and make the right moves.


Bleedin’ blue from Northwest Indiana


Four teams, two coasts, one trophy.

16 Jan

There are four teams left seeking a ticket to the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

The San Francisco 49ers are coached by “Captain Comeback” and Colts ring of honor member Jim Harbaugh.

The New York Giants quarterback is Eli Manning, brother of Colts quarterback Peyton.

The Baltimore Ravens are coached by John Harbaugh, brother of ex Colts quarterback Jim.

The New England Patriots are the arch rival of the Colts.

All four of these teams want to come to Lucas Oil Stadium but which two?

Would I rather see brother vs. brother in a stadium where the name of Harbaugh is loved or would I rather see the Giants and Peytons brother Eli beat the Patriots in the stadium where the name of Manning is spoken with reverence……

Next week will tell, two NFC teams from cities on opposite coasts with smothering defenses and high power offenses will battle it out on the west coast.  Two AFC teams from cities 400 miles apart one with a deadly defense and the other with a super charged offense will have a donnybrook on the east coast.

It’s the playoffs, the most wonderful time of year.

20/20 Hindsight

9 Jan

The 7 P’s of success: “Proper Prior Planning Prevents P*ss Poor Performance.” I learned this early so if a blue collar lunchbox carrying nobody can do this, anyone can, right?  Easier said than done for a football team because how do you plan for every eventuality, how do you make contingencies for losing one of the top players in the NFL?  Evidently a little luck was needed.

When a team has the opportunity to acquire a top tier quarterback there are many reasons why, luck is one of them.  Experience with player personnel is also important because Ryan Leaf was considered by most “experts” to be as good a prospect as Peyton Manning.  The Colts were lucky they had just hired Bill Polian because he made the right choice.

Then they have to surround this bright young field general with a team to enhance his abilities and allow him to lead them all to wins, playoffs, and even the Super Bowl.  So when all the slots are filled with the best players available that really doesn’t leave a lot of cash laying around to pay for backups to ride the bench and hold a clipboard.

So they look to find another Matt Cassel, Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, or Matt Flynn–maybe they should just look for a quarterback named “Matt” but instead they find Jim Sorgi–good tools, bad luck and Curtis Painter–great on paper, lousy on the field which brings me back to the “7 P’s.”

Bill Polian took the hit for the 2-14 season, so using hindsight somebody has to be responsible for the mistake, there has to be a reason, he simply didn’t plan properly.  Don’t feel bad for him though, he’ll land on his feet, maybe even in nearby Chicago where he would be working with another Tony Dungy acolyte, Lovie Smith.

20/20 hindsight is always easy to use when looking for fault because the answers are already clear, there is no guessing and you can’t be wrong.  The only problem is that it doesn’t make it any better, it just makes people feel worse.  In the future lets keep our eyes on the prize, keep looking ahead, keep planning for what needs it the most, this year was a test that some of us failed,  Lets not use hindsight anymore, lets look forward to next year and the bright future the Colts will have with whatever they do with the first draft pick.

Bleedin’ blue from Northwest Indiana.


Go Blue!

An Interesting Phenomenon

6 Jan

I have been an Indianapolis Colts fan since coming back to Indiana in 1994 after many years in the US Navy and several years in Texas.  I’ve loved NFL football since the first Super Bowl but something is different this year, something I don’t remember happening before.
People are talking about a 2-14 football team and no one is laughing.

Yes, the Super Bowl is the first thing you hear but right after that everyone talking football is asking: is Peyton going to come back, will he play or coach, who the Colts fired, who they need to fire, who they gonna hire, who they need to hire, who they’re going to draft, who will seek free agency, and how all this is going to affect their team next year.
I live in northwest Indiana, typically “Bear” country and a hard sell to all these die hard Chicago fans but are they talking about the Bears? Sure, they’re wondering if Bill Polian is coming there now that they have a vacancy that needs filling but after that….

I was sitting in the break room at work last night when I hear Bear fans, Steeler fans, Cowboy fans, even Patriots fans and they all are talking about the Colts! I imagine living 3 hours from Indianapolis has something to do with it but these guys are die hard other team supporters I’ve been arguing with for years so this is great!

Even when down, the Colts make the news and worry the rest of the league about next year when they get back on top– they will and everyone knows it.

And they’re nervous……

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