I'm with Pete on this one. Stick a fork in the Indianapolis Colts.
There's a reason Peyton Manning won four MVP awards, and it's not because this is a star-studded team because it's not. It's because it's led by a star quarterback who, yes, is so valuable that he's won more MVP trophies than anyone in league history.
So Manning bows out, and we're to expect Kerry Collins -- a guy who had retired -- to take them to the top? Please. There's a better chance the Kansas City Royals win the World Series.
OK, so Collins took Tennessee to a division championship in 2008. He was successful because he was the caretaker of an offense that featured a dynamic running back (Chris Johnson) and one of the league's best, toughest and meanest defenses. Plus, the Titans seldom committed turnovers, while the defense forced plenty.
But he also succeeded because he played behind one of the league's best offensive lines. He was sacked eight times all season. By contrast, opposing quarterbacks were sacked 44 times by Tennessee.
Now, I know what you're thinking. Manning isn't sacked all that much, either. Well, that's because he knows when to get rid of the ball and will throw it away before getting hit. Collins is not wired that way. He will take the sacks Manning won't, and look out for turnovers. He made few in 2008 when the Titans were 13-3, but he didn't make many big plays, either.
Chris Johnson and then-teammate LenDale White did, combining for over 2,000 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns. The Titans ranked seventh in rushing that season. The Colts ranked 29th a year ago ... but were the league's best passing offense. Take the quarterback away, and what do you have?
A lost season, that's what.