Hey guys, it's DFree writing another article, and it's been a while so I just want to say, I hope everybody had a happy holiday and enjoyed the new years.
Plain and simple, this is about everything, everyone, and every situation that's been going on in Indianapolis.
What we should do, can we do it, should we even do it, and how it would harm or help the strength of our football team.
All of this and more after the jump!
We'll start off with the Polians and friends, whether you like them or not, they are a legendary group, well Bill is at least. He's drafted great players like Peyton Manning, and Edge, and countless others, but as of recently there is a definite notice of weak draft classes. Most likely the reason for losing one player, making our football team the laughing stock of the NFL. I respect him, you probably should to, but it was time for a change and a new face here in Indianapolis. Good move by Jim Irsay, it's time to move on.
The question for me is, who are we going to bring in? Will it be another guy that likes to build through draft, and undrafted free agents, and hopes we get lucky from time to time. Will it be a guy that is aggressive and likes to take chances by bringing in free agents that have proven themselves? Will our style of football change? Are we going to be the same Tampa 2 defense, let the opposing offense do whatever they want, or will a change in front office maybe bring a new attitude into Indianapolis? I don't have those answers, but I sure hope it does. There's nothing more I would love to see than a "tough" football team, with "tough" players, and a "tough" attitude, if you know what I mean..
What we've all been hearing about. Peyton Manning vs. Andrew Luck. Who's the better quarterback, can Peyton still do it, will Luck ever do it? These have been questions we've been hearing about since the beginning of time it seems like. I guess the first thing you have to look at when answering these questions would be, do you want to win now, or do you want to win later? If you want to win now, then another question pops into your head, can Peyton Manning be the same Peyton Manning that he was a year, or even two years ago?
If you want to win now, then you would keep Peyton Manning, and trade that first pick to whomever needs it, build your whole draft around him, and let our team do their thing, that is, if Peyton is healthy enough to accomplish those tasks.
That's really the huge question. We have a 36 year old, hurt, NFL great quarterback. Only under these situations would a team even think about continuing on without a guy like Peyton Manning. This has really become one of the NFL's all time quarterback situations. We have the "jesus" of quarterbacks right their waiting with the first pick, and we also have one of the best players to ever play the game, already on our roster, and the Colts have to make a decision.
We've already discussed what happens if Peyton can play effectively, he's going to play. What if he can't, then what do we do? Well that's an obvious answer, you draft the best quarterback to come out of college in a very long time, maybe ever, and you would get youth, talent, and another 15 years of great quarterback play if he turns out like everyone says he will.
What's the problem, can't we have them both?
Both of these guys are competitors. They like to win and want to win, and in fact they both love the game of football. Both of these guys want to be out there playing on every snap, and that's what you want, but could two great quarterbacks like that be on the same team? Theoretically I believe both of these players COULD be on the same team. Personality wise, they would get along, Peyton would teach him the tricks of the trade, and hand him the baton. That's what we all want isn't it? Our all time great to teach a potential great how the game works, and what do to in certain situations. It'd be perfect. There's some problems to this. I don't believe the number one draft pick overall, should be sitting on the bench. I'm pretty sure it's proven that we don't have the money for them to be on the same team, and even if we did, that would mean the rest of our team would go down the toilet. I think in theory they could both get along on the same team. Peyton Manning is too classy of a player to let anything ruin his reputation. It's just little things that are getting in the way of a coexisting relationship. It's either one or the other at this point, and if it were up to me, while I love Peyton Manning and everything he's done for this franchise, I think we should go with the youth and start off our rebuilding process, with a great young quarterback.
Rebuilding Our Team
While our current quarterback is old and hurt, there is one sitting right there with the number one pick. Even if Peyton Manning can't play, should we even draft Andrew Luck? This year was a train wreck, and if you really need to ask why it's because we built our whole team around one player. Ask yourself this, is Peyton really that special, or is the rest of our team really that bad? Peyton Manning is a tremendous player, don't get me wrong, but one single injury should not be responsible for the season we had in 2011. So, while Andrew Luck will be there, should we draft him? Should we trade down in the draft and rebuild our team that way? Would you rather have a stronger team, or would you rather have the Indianapolis Lucks?..
Besides, with a passing league this NFL has become, how hard is it really to find a great thrower, or one that can get the job done? High school kids are running spread offenses now. How hard will it be to find that next franchise quarterback? So that's a question I ask myself, do we take Luck because he's a stud, or do we build around whomever, and draft another quarterback later in history? Don't get me wrong either, that Luck kid, yeah he's a bad ass, but we have to ask ourselves as a franchise what do we really want to do? Do we want to be that team, that's always one injury away from destruction, or a team like let's say the Texans who just won a playoff game last night, with rookie T.J Yates?
Well those are just some thoughts, I think we all need to slow down and look at.
Just my opinions on a few things.
Comments are always welcome, and of course rec'd if you liked it..
What Should The Colts Do?
Keep Peyton, spend picks on team (11 votes)
Draft Luck, keep Peyton (39 votes)
Draft Luck, let Peyton go (38 votes)
Trade down, spend picks on team (19 votes)
107 total votes