Indianapolis Colts were once looked at as Super Bowl prospects. However, their season has crumbled right before their eyes with the injured Peyton Manning. Has the entire country now seen just how important Manning was to the team? Or are they now just hoping for younger hero to take his place?
Talk has been going on about the Colts wanting to pick up Stanford’s Andrew Luck in order to be back up in the future. Manning suffered a neck injury and will not be returning this season. Many people are questioning whether Andrew Luck will be out of luck with Manning still in the picture. Others indicate that Manny will simply not allow the Colts to draft him.
Indianapolis is 0-7, the worst they’ve been since 2001. Back in 1997, when the Colts had Quarterback Jim Harsbaugh who ended the season 3-13, Harsbaugh led the team through 10 straight losses before being replaced with Peyton Manning. Peyton’s era began in 1998 leading the Colts with the same 3-13 record. However, in 1999 Peyton managed to flip the wins and lossed to end with a 13-3 season. Manning and the Colts have been part of the playoffs for nine straight years.
Can this now be the calling for a new quarterback? With Peyton’s neck surgery putting him out for the season, Colts have Curtis Painter as starting quarterback. Colts had signed Kerry Collins out of retirement to replace Manning but after only three games, he was placed on IR. Fans started to realize they do not have a sufficient back up and that’s where Andrew Luck may come in.
Luck would not be the one to replace Manny, but he may be the one considered to be the next rising star quarterback that has many people gasping. And Colt’s owner Jim Irsay had many fans wondering if his next move might just be Luck.
“Guys like that come along so rarely,” he was saying referring to Manny and perhaps even Luck.
“Even if that means that guy sits for three or four years, you’d certainly think about taking him … you see what Green Bay did with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers and you’d like to be able to do the same thing.”
Exactly how far is Irsay willing to go with that statement? Many may see when 2012 draft comes around. However, until then, the nation will be forced to watch the Colts beat themselves in the remainder of the season.