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Lucky Losers: Take Twelve

Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:18 pm
Edited on: November 29, 2011 1:27 pm
Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay can complain about his team's 0-11 start, saying it should (tick) off fans, but let's call like it is, people: 0-11 is the best thing that could've happened to this franchise.

Peyton Manning is not young. Peyton Manning is not healthy. And Peyton Manning hasn't played in nearly a year.

The window of opportunity is closing for Manning and the Colts, and something needs to happen ... and something is. The window of opportunity is going back up with each loss, with Indianapolis one step closer to Andrew Luck, the best collegiate prospect since ...well, since Peyton Manning.

CBS analyst and former Giants quarterback Phil Simms said this season that he hadn't seen Luck make "big-time NFL throws," and I didn't know what he meant. Then I watched Luck vs. Notre Dame last weekend, and I really don't know what he means. Andrew Luck is the top-rated prospect for many reasons ... one of which is that most people think he can make big-time NFL throws.

The question now, of course, is who gets the next best quarterback, and that would be Matt Barkley -- provided, of course, he declares himself eligible for the draft. St. Louis is seated comfortably behind Indianapolis, but there's a better chance of the Rams re-signing Kurt Warner. They already have their franchise quarterback, which means the line forms at the rear for all those interested in acquiring St. Louis' pick.

5. Carolina -- The good news: The Panthers won a game. The bad: Three of their last five opponents have winning records, with two of them (Houston and New Orleans) division leaders. The Panthers don't want a quarterback. They want defense. They want another receiver. They want something, anything, so owner Jerry Richardson doesn't have to drive the NFL "Play 60" bus next year.

Next loss: at Tampa Bay. The Bucs have been exposed, and I'm not talking about what happened with WTVT, Channel 13. Nope, the Bucs lost their last five, with coach Raheem Morris saying "no excuses and no explanations,"  so pay attention, physics majors: This may be the irresistable force vs. the immovable object.

4. Jacksonville -- Changing head coaches or owners won't change this team's direction. It stinks, and running back Maurice Jones-Drew said as much after its last loss, wondering how in the world it couldn't manage more than six offensive points. I don't know, either, but at least we won't have a head coach who keeps tells us his offensive coordinator doesn't know Jack.

Next loss: San Diego. This is the game ESPN draws for Monday Night Football. This is the game that sends you to HGTV. 

3. Minnesota -- Here's what is odd about the Vikings: Their record is dreadful, yet I never get the feeling they're one of the worst teams out there. Then I check the standings, and Brad Childress never looked so good. This is another team not in the market for a new quarterback, so Barkley shoppers, beware: The pick is for sale. Let the bidding begin.

Next loss: Denver. The Vikings lost five of their last six. Denver won five of its last six. I don't need to draw a picture.

2. St. Louis -- Granted, the first seven games were brutal, but how do you explain what's happened to St. Louis the past four weeks? They played Arizona (twice), Seattle at home and Cleveland and went 1-3 ... winning only when the Browns blew a last-second field goal. This isn't a team in need of a quarterback; it's a team looking for a life preserver. The Rams should be better than they are, and, yeah, I know, they lost a zillion defensive backs. But they also lost to John Skelton (twice) and Tarvaris Jackson. Maybe somebody should've told Steve Spagnuolo DON'T PUNT TO Patrick Peterson, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. The Rams will auction off this pick to the highest bidder, then turn those picks into receivers, offensive linemen, more receivers ... and someone to tackle Peterson.

Next loss: at San Francisco.

1. Indianapolis -- Now I know why Colts' fans are clamoring for Dan Orlovsky. He's the guy who quarterbacked the 0-16 Detroit Lions in 2008, so why take chances with Curtis Painter when you have the sure thing? Just lose, baby. Hey, don't be too hard on the Colts. They chose the perfect year to bottom out. You draft Luck, sit him until Manning is ready to go or Luck is ready to play ... whichever comes first ... then return to the top of the AFC South again. Pure genius. So your team's not going to the Super Bowl this year, Indianapolis. Big deal. The Super Bowl's coming to you. The way I see it, nobody has it better this season than Indianapolis ... Nooooooobody.

Next loss: at New England. To quote that NFL sage and philosopher Barry Cofield, this could get "historically ugly."

Category: NFL

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: December 11, 2011 7:49 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Twelve

why arnt my Dolphins mentioned in this article. we could use barkley

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: November 30, 2011 6:56 am

Lucky Losers: Take Twelve

One the Colts are tanking the season. PLAIN and SIMPLE. Too bad they don't have proof.  If they ever had proof I would strip away there #1 pick.

I see Barkley making it all the way down to Seattle.

Since: Apr 24, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:21 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Twelve

I want to see Luck bust because everyone expects him to be the next Peyton Manning. The kid hasn't played an NFL game and many are already writing him off in the Hall of Fame. As a Panthers fan, I wanted Luck, but now I am 100% content with Cam Newton. Personally, I think Newton-Luck has the potential to be one of the upcoming generation's biggest rivalries, but I digress. There is NO SUCH THING as a sure No. 1 pick. I don't care how great his mechanics, form and build is - recall the names like: Leinart, Quinn or the top cat, Ryan Leaf. 

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 29, 2011 4:43 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Twelve

You hope he a bust? What a hateful thing to say. People think he is a sure #1 because he is everything you want in a QB along with being modest. Or would you want another Cam Newton.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2011 1:17 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Twelve

Yeah, Simms also said his sons are the best quarterbacks he's ever seen.  So his quarterback insight should be well regarded (sarcasm)...

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: November 29, 2011 12:28 pm

Lucky Losers: Take Twelve

Crap like this makes me hope Andrew Luck's a bust, just because there will be so much egg on so many faces.

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