Originally Posted by Roy Tucker
I think that modern day and highly skilled college QBs like Cam Newton or Andy Dalton seem to be able to come into the NFL and immediately produce sealed Manning's fate with the Colts.
Do you use a rehabbing and iffy Manning to ease in Luck or do you just go with Luck? I think the Colts think that Luck can come in and immediately star.
I also think Manning ought to retire. The whole Colts offense was built around Peyton. It is finely tuned to his skills and he and his receivers worked long and hard to get it tuned. Even if he is totally healthy, I just don't think he can go to another team and immediately replicate what he did in Indy. It will take a year or two and I don't think he has that much gas in his tank. But he will play another year just to prove it to himself that he still can play and I agree that he'll be mediocre at best with a totally new offense and receivers.
Finally, I thought Manning handled yesterday with total class. That was an enormously difficult day and he had only good things to say about the team, the owners, the front office and the Indy fans. Peyton really is a good guy.
You can't pass on Andrew Luck if you are Indy. Manning has been the franchise since he was drafted, Luck is believed to be the best college qb to come out since Manning. It's not fair to Manning for all he's done to ask him to come back and be a glorified coach and serve as a distraction by fans should Luck have a Manning type rookie season. If there was no other interest in Peyton I could see him coming back and accepting that role but Peyton even at 75% is still better than 85% of the quarterbacks in the NFL.
Already its been reported that he's visited Miami and Arizona. Other reports have the Jets, Seattle, among others contacting his agent.