So just how uncomfortable are Colts fans becoming over the recent performances of quarterback Peyton Manning? The team’s in-house radio announcer — by definition an overt homer for the organization — trashed Manning during Sunday’s four-pick performance against the Cowboys while off the air but behind a microphone that was sufficiently hot to pick up his words.
Our friends at StampedeBlue.com explain the comments of Bob Lamey, who reportedly said that NFL defenses had “figured Manning out,” that he should be benched for Curtis Painter, and that the Colts should draft Manning’s replacement in 2011.
The comments surfaced via JMV of 1070 the Fan in Indy. According to the Indianapolis Star, Lamey apologized personally to Peyton on Tuesday, and Manning “appeared to accept.” (In other words, Peyton didn’t openly berate Lamey.) Per the Star, the Colts plan no disciplinary action.
Fine, but don’t be shocked if, after the season, the Colts decide to “go in a different direction.” Manning has leverage and a long memory. We think he won’t tolerate knowing that such comments were made by a team employee, and we believe he’ll insist that Lamey be relieved of his duties if the Colts truly want to sign Manning to a new deal.