With all of the articles on Manning's future and the eventual 1st round draft choice of the Colts, there are plenty of scenarios to choose from in what many think what direction the team will go. "Manning and Luck can coexist." "They can't coexist." "Luck is NFL ready." "Manning won't want to play without his bonus." "Manning will play without it" etc. The one thing that seems to be forgotten in all of this is whether or not Manning will make a full recovery from his recent neck surgery. Yeah I know what the Drs said about his nerves regenerating. Even with that bit of good news we still don't know if he will make it all the way back to his previous level of play. Manning is over 35 years old now which means his skills have diminished to a certain degree. Although I don't doubt that he can still play at a high level, if I were in Ersays' position, I'd draft Luck. It's a no brainer people. If you ever get the chance to secure the most important position on your team for the next 15 years and have the opportunity to do so, you pull the trigger. I don't care if you do already have a future HOFer on the roster. You draft his heir apparent regardless of whether your current star QB is on board for the choice or not. If Manning doesn't want to co-exist with Luck, you trade him and get something in return for his services and continue to build through the draft with the picks you still have.
I think Archie Manning's recent comments about this subject have been grossly blown way out of proportion by the media. This shouldn't surprise anyone because that's what "they" do. Even if there is truth to what the elder Manning said regarding both QBs he's right. Luck is NFL ready and he shouldn't have to sit on the sidelines and wait his turn if he is ready "now." Manning on the other hand is in the middle of a cloud of uncertainty. I would love to see him retire as a Colt once his career is over, but if he chooses to go somewhere else then so be it. I think he would be a phenomenal OC for any organization, but especially for ours. The truth is no one knows what kind of QB he will be when his rehab is complete. We don't know if he will make it all the way back. The "if" factor is a big one that can't be ignored. So with that in mind we should all embrace the future. Besides, it is coming whether we are ready for it or not and we should make the most of it while we have the opportunity. That is the business side of the NFL. It's a business 1st and foremost and business owners have to make the best "Business" decision available for their organizations. Those decisions are not subject to the opinions of fans or the media for that matter and never should be because the bottom line in this business is about one word: "Winning."