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Colts could soon prepare for post-Manning era

Posted on: April 9, 2011 12:53 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
P. Manning (US Presswire)
On Friday we wrote about how Peyton Manning is now a father of twins. That post evolved into something of a stream-of-conscious discussion about how it’s hard to believe Manning is 35 years old.

Seriously, no one seems to be talking about Manning’s advanced age. How many quarterbacks hit 35 and raise no eyebrows out longevity? (It helps that Manning’s birthday is in March; Brett Favre’s birthday, for example, is in October, so every year NFL broadcasters have a chance to remind us that Favre is getting older.)

But there’s at least one very important person acutely aware of Manning’s advanced age: Bill Polian. The Colts president told Mike Chappell of the Indy Star that he “couldn’t dismiss” the possibility of drafting a quarterback later this month.

"Quarterback's an issue, probably not a front-burner issue, but an issue nonetheless because while Peyton's not at the end of his career, it's approaching faster than it has in the past," Polian said. "I wouldn't rule that out in the right situation."

Asked how soon the Colts might start grooming Manning’s replacement, Polian said, "You don't know, but you know it's sometime soon. You begin to think about it."

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 8:36 am
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:10 am

Colts could soon prepare for post-Manning era

Yow will discover hardly a much better way of measuring all that those is considered to be than what he does the minute he is quite for free to d ecide.

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2011 6:57 pm

Colts could soon prepare for post-Manning era

The only excellent talent he's ever had around him were Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, and maybe Dallas Clark (though I often hear how he's overrated too). Everyone else were decent players, not exceptional. Manning made them exceptional.

Have you ever watched a Colt's game?  Some of the catches Harrison and Wayne made were supernatural. I watched Marvin Harrison make behind the back one handed grabs while sprinting full speed and landing with both feet less than an inch in bounds.If anything, the talent around Manning is underrated because he's in the spotlight.  I don't think any teams are afraid of Garcon, Collie, White or Tamme.  But those guys are more likely to get open with Reggie Wayned double-teamed.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2011 9:29 pm

Colts could soon prepare for post-Manning era

Of course, the flip side is that maybe the Colts should get someone who could at least be decent soon, since we have been very, VERY lucky with Peyton not getting injured.  The thought of Painter in meaningful playing time is scary beyond all reason. 

Here is a thought, though.  Colts, pick up John Beck from the Redskins.  Smart, cerebral QB (who never really got a chance in Miami...other than trying to piece together some success with a team that nearly went 0-16).  Very accurate and already has a connection with Collie (assuming Collie can still play) through BYU.  I always felt that Beck could have been a very good NFL QB if he had been given a chance with any talent around him (remember, when he did play with the Fins, both Brown and Williams were injured, so he had no running attack to compliment his lack of receivers...).

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2011 11:57 am

Colts could soon prepare for post-Manning era

If and when there is a new CBA in place there is a good chance it will contain a rookie salary cap.  I would think if there is a rookie salary cap that the players would also want shorter initial rookie contracts.  Rookies might start getting 3 to 4 year deals rather than 5 to 7 year deals.

Just something to consider if you are going to start grooming the quarterback of the future.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2011 10:03 am

Colts could soon prepare for post-Manning era

@reverandglenn...I think you missed what the ole_bballcoach was saying, he is saying you dont want to grab a guy too soon for grooming because Peyton may have a good 5 years on him and that guy will be sitting on the bench being "groomed" for someone else onse his rookie contract expires.  2-3 years out would be the right time frame.  Peyton and polian need to sit down and see what he wants to do and figure out when to pull the trigger on a QB.  If Peyton says, yeah 3 years and I'm out, then pull the trigger on a QB of the future.  He's got too much gas in the tank right now so I don't even think they are at that point yet.  The Colts will NOT go QB this season.  I really don't care one way or the other, unfortunately my team got the other Mannning...Peyton needs to teach him a few things in the backyard first. 

Protect the F_cking Ball ELI!!!

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: April 11, 2011 9:30 am

Colts could soon prepare for post-Manning era

First off congrats on the twins (just like him though, one pass two completions) the Colts have him for at least the next four years depending on the contract he signs and of course injuries.  This year I think is too early to draft a QB but next year quite possibly and if not then definitely the next.  A young QB couldn't come into a better situation or under a better teacher than Peyton.  His last year he'll already have all the records and probably another ring or two, if they ever decide to draft a decent runner so he wouldn't have to throw the dam ball 700 times a season, so QB coach or announcer, he'll be great at either, move over ESPN Peyton needs room!

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: April 11, 2011 12:54 am

Colts could soon prepare for post-Manning era

Yeah, I am sure a 2nd round pich in a crap draft year should get them another Payton Manning

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2011 12:30 am

Colts could soon prepare for post-Manning era

ol_ballcoach,  I gotta say that I think you are cracked up if you think the Packers had a bad situation. They got exactly what they were shooting for, a SB within 3 years of Favre gone. The only 'bad situation' was all the drama cooked up by the media. The Green Bay Packers followed the Handbook of NFL Success: Post HOF QB Era, page by page, line by muthaf^%#ing line. They couldn't have played it any better.

    I hear what you are saying, but that is the poorest example possible. As an organization, the Packers are the model of transitional success that the entire NFL will try to imitate. This is the same as the post Montana era in San Fran. Sheeeeeeiiit; everyone says that was a big circus. Not for the Niners organization it wasn't, that's for sure. Montana went off and temporarily turned the Chiefs around, while Young got a few titles. Game, set, match.

   Maybe replacing Elway with Bubby Brister, Gannon with Jamarcus, or some other shyte, but not Favre with Rodgers. C'mon man!!!!

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: April 10, 2011 6:17 pm

Colts could soon prepare for post-Manning era

Timing is everything here. Like the Packers discovered, if you take the "guy of the future" too soon then it can lead to a bad situation. But you don't want to be stuck starting someone who isn't prepared when Manning does retire. Manning could play 5 more years, he gets hit so infrequently. You don't want to draft someone this year and then have to trade him in 3 or 4 years becasue Manning is going, nor would you want to have to choose between trading Manning or the guy of the future. But if Manning only want to play 2 or 3 more years then now is the right time. It depends largely on Manning's intentions.

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