Thursday, March 08, 2012

On Peyton Manning

Between 1984 (when the Colts moved to Indianapolis) and 1997 the Colts averaged 6.2 wins per season.  Peyton Manning arrived in 1998 and won only three games in his first season.  Since that point the Colts have averaged 11.5 wins per season with Peyton as their quarterback.  People forget that it really, really sucked to be a Colts fan before Peyton Manning.  Especially Drew Magary

I’ve constantly lived in fear of this moment.  Peyton Manning’s departure means that the Colts go back to the Colts of my childhood.  We saw it this past season and we’ll see it in the upcoming season.  

I’m not pissed at Peyton and I’m not pissed at Jim Irsay (the Colts owner).  Manning’s injury put the Colts in a unique situation.  The Colts weren’t going to win a Super Bowl in the next couple years with a healthy Manning.  Not with that defense.  They might as well take the chance on the next “can’t miss” prospect and start rebuilding right now.  

With a healthy Peyton Manning and the current roster the Colts are a good to mediocre football team that will stay that way because Indy isn’t a big player in free agency and they’ll never get a high draft pick because Manning is a guaranteed six to eight wins a season.  They’d be stuck in NFL hell.

I’ve seen a lot of articles telling/begging Peyton to retire.  Those articles are bullshit.  If you don’t want to remember Peyton Manning fading away at the end of his career then make the fucking choice to not remember him that way.  I’ll remember him as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.  Plus, if I loved project management as much as Peyton loves playing quarterback you bet your ass I’d do it for as long as I was physically possible.  How many people get to spend their life doing the one thing they truly love?  Who are we to take that away from him?  Fuck those guys.  I hope Manning plays and is successful for as long as he wants.

I’m a Colts fan.  I was a Colts fan before Peyton Manning and I’ll be a Colts fan after Peyton Manning.  However, I’ll root for Petyon to win wherever he goes so long as he isn’t playing against the Colts.  

If I’m Peyton I’m telling my agent to talk to San Francisco, Houston, the Jets and Kansas City before he talks to anyone else.  Those teams give him the best chance of winning a championship — if he’s healthy.

The 49ers are stupid if they are not considering signing Peyton.  If he can play to even 80% of his former abilities that team wins two Super Bowls with him at quarterback.

I’m not convinced he’s healthy.  He didn’t look comfortable walking up those stairs to the stage at the press conference.  He didn’t move his neck much during the press conference and turned his whole body to avoid moving his neck.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who noticed this.

As stupid as this sounds, I got a little choked up when I saw Peyton getting choked up at the press conference.  He’s meant more to Indianapolis and Indiana than any other athlete ever has.  I’m sad to see him go but I’m thankful for the time I got to root him on.

Thank you and good luck, Peyton Manning.

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