Irsay: Colts preparing to play without Peyton

AP

Peyton Manning has never missed a start in his NFL career. But as he continues to recover from offseason neck surgery, the Colts are growing increasingly concerned that Manning won’t be ready to go when the regular season begins in three weeks.

Colts owner Jim Irsay wrote on Twitter that the team is evaluating the quarterback situation because it needs to be prepared for the possibility of playing without Manning early in the season.

“We r evaluating the QB sitch,#18 healing but we got 2 b prepared 4 early season possibility without him,defense has 2 pick it up,big time!” Irsay wrote.

Irsay then asked fans on Twitter to offer their suggestions for who the Colts could sign to hold down the fort if Manning can’t play early in the season. That’s not much of a vote of confidence for Dan Orlovsky and Curtis Painter, the two quarterbacks who have had the bulk of the work during training camp and the preseason. But given the way Orlovsky and Painter have played so far in the preseason, they don’t deserve a vote of confidence.

Manning is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list, and it’s been widely expected that he’ll be activated before the start of the regular season. But if he isn’t, he’ll have to miss the first six games.

That would be a disaster for the Colts. There’s obviously no one they could acquire before the start of the regular season who could play at anything even close to Manning’s level.

If Manning can’t play at the start of the season, the Colts are in deep, deep trouble. That Irsay is openly talking about that possibility is reason for Colts fans to panic.

88 responses to “Irsay: Colts preparing to play without Peyton

  1. That tweet was after Irsay’s early morning wake-n-bake. JK. Seriously, what owner tweets the fans for advice on signing players? Sounds like he’s screwing with people’s minds to me. My money’s on Peyton playing next week after this news.

  2. good thing they paid peyton all that money.. and good thing they dont spend any money on the D(b/c Peyton wont let them).. they’re screwed and im happy about it. Peyton isn’t as good as he’s made out to be, and he definately wont be winning another championship

  3. “We r evaluating the QB sitch,#18 healing but we got 2 b prepared 4 early season possibility without him,defense has 2 pick it up,big time!”

    An owner really wrote that?

  4. daburgher

    Payton isnt as good as he’s made out to be? when did you start watching football, last week?

  5. This might be a light the fire under Peyton’s arse tweet. You know Peyton wants Favre’s record bad.

  6. Pretty sure he’s not actually going to go with who the fans want.

    Calling Palmer..calling Carson Palmer…

  7. Bad news for Colts if Manning isn’t ready to go for the season start. A slow start could be trouble for Indy when December arrives. Tenn and Houston aren’t bad teams, and Jax always plays the Colts tough.

    I’ve always thought that the Colts, especially the Dungy/Manning years, despite their regular season successes, were big-time underachievers. They sure don’t have much to show for all their wins. New England got alot more done in the post-season than Indy, and there’s no reason NE won’t be playoff caliber this year.

    Of course, Manning may be okay, and start the season. But sooner or later, he’ll go down, and they don’t have any competent backup QBs.

  8. He might as well ask the fans. Management had their chance to pick a future QB and they ended up with Curtis Painter.

    Can the Colts fans really do worse?

  9. cleverbob says: Aug 20, 2011 12:39 PM

    “We r evaluating the QB sitch,#18 healing but we got 2 b prepared 4 early season possibility without him,defense has 2 pick it up,big time!”

    An owner really wrote that?

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    Obviously, you’ve never read Irsay’s tweets. The guy tweets more like a college-age stoner than an NFL owner, which is actually refreshing.

  10. This is a great example of how clueless the Colts are. Correct me if Im wrong, but havent the Colts known about Mannings neck since May?

    Why wait until 2 weeks before the regular season kicks off to start to think about getting a serious back for your injured QB???

  11. I think it’s peyton’s contract that there be no quarterback competition on the roster. Wouldn’t want him to be Brett Favre in a Favre-Rodgers situation. Besides any money spent on other QBs is money Irsay won’t have to spend on his contract.

  12. jdandcoke says:Aug 20, 2011 12:43 PM

    daburgher

    Payton isnt as good as he’s made out to be? when did you start watching football, last week?
    ———————————-

    Actually he isn’t. Great regular season QB, one of the best but also one of the worst playoff QBs you’ll see.

    The year they won the superbowl? The defense carried them. When they gave Peyton the MVP that year the announcers said it must’ve been for all those wonderful commercials Peyton made because the defense was the reason they made that run through the playoffs.

  13. First two games Texas and Cleveland. He will be prepared week one. Let’s see if he plays next week (3) in preseason, if not, there could be reason to worry. Until then, Manning and his offense need only to work on their timing to be ready to win the AFC South.

  14. Peyton “PUP” Manning.

    “Least he ain’t in pain, Irs, hate t’ hafta put ‘im down. He bin a real good workhorse over the years.”.

  15. kom2k10 says: Aug 20, 2011 12:48 PM

    This is a great example of how clueless the Colts are. Correct me if Im wrong, but havent the Colts known about Mannings neck since May?

    Why wait until 2 weeks before the regular season kicks off to start to think about getting a serious back for your injured QB???

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    That logic is exactly why I think this is a big joke. Caldwell very well may be that clueless, but Bill Polian isn’t. And as juvenile as Irsay can be, he’s a pretty shrewd guy. Peyton will be there to start the season, just watch.

  16. Headline should be…Without Manning Colts prepare for 4-12 season. And seriously what adult that wants people to take them serious goes on twitter and typing like a teenager.

  17. eagleswin says:
    Aug 20, 2011 12:52 PM
    jdandcoke says:Aug 20, 2011 12:43 PM

    daburgher

    Payton isnt as good as he’s made out to be? when did you start watching football, last week?
    ———————————-

    Actually he isn’t. Great regular season QB, one of the best but also one of the worst playoff QBs you’ll see.

    The year they won the superbowl? The defense carried them. When they gave Peyton the MVP that year the announcers said it must’ve been for all those wonderful commercials Peyton made because the defense was the reason they made that run through the playoffs.
    ———————————————

    Ya gotta love an EAGLE fan spewing that Peyton isn’t that good as they idolize a career underachiever in Philly.

    Mike Vick hasn’t even had back to back winning seasons as a starting QB & people in Filthadelphia think he’s God based upon 2 games. He’s not even one of the NFL’s elite “regular season” QB’s

    Mike Vick has also never performed in the playoffs. Not in Atlanta, just as we all saw last year. .

    They ran the best QB they ever had out of town on a rail after 5 Championship games & a SB appearance. Is anyone convinced that Eagle fans are qualified to give a opinion on great QB’s??

  18. I find it hilarious how everyone (Peyton, nfl network, espn) actually said Peyton wanted to have a lesser deal so the team could go out and make some moves, and that the contract he got “is cap friendly” Yeah, 23 mil a year over first three years on one guy is real cap friendly…Brady took less money his whole career prior to the sunset contract he got last year, and is still making millions less than Peyton, A comment up there somewhere made me start thinking about that. Don’t worry colts fans, i’m not a trollin’ hater. Peyton is great, one of the best all time, first ballot. But noone is worth almost 20% of your teams salary. Also i’m not a patriots fan, there’s just not many qb’s to compare that are on Manning’s level. There’s only one.

  19. LOL @ Jason LaCanfora..he responded to Irsay saying “would you be mad if Jeff George was the first name I thought of?” 😀

  20. He should only play if he is healthy. Your neck is nothing to screw with, especially when it has to support a forehead like his.

  21. Brilliant strategy by the Colts, to signal to the fans that they’re tanking this season so they can get Manning’s eventual replacement in Andrew Luck.

  22. Jim Sorgi would be welcomed back in Indy. He knows the system and is still a vast improvement over Painter. Brodie Croyle is far and away better than Painter. Both are available. Jeff Goerge is also vastly superior to Painter or Orlovsky (at least in talent).

  23. smellmyface says: Aug 20, 2011 1:04 PM

    Headline should be…Without Manning Colts prepare for 4-12 season. And seriously what adult that wants people to take them serious goes on twitter and typing like a teenager.

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    I think the last worry Irsay has is whether or not people take him seriously.

  24. Irony would be if Manning didn’t play the whole year, and the Colts end up drafting Andrew Luck.

  25. Well, I just don’t get the big deal here. You have an owner messing around on twitter giving the fans what they want, a sense of thinking their opinions matter and everyone jumps on him about it. Folks grow up for crying out loud.

    Manning is without a doubt one of two of the best NFL players we have had the pleasure to watch in this era, stop whining out of envy. If Manning starts in week 1, great, the Colts will be on the way to YET another 12 win season. If he doesn’t, yeah it will suck but they will manage.

    As far as his contract goes, he said he would take less and they still gave him what they wanted to give him. I doubt anyone posting here would sit there and say “No, give those millions to someone else, ur money is no good here”. He put the option out there, they adjusted and made an offer. He obviously accepted it just like everyone else in here would have. If u disagree then you’re lying, period.

    Just my ¢.10 worth

  26. red513 says:
    Aug 20, 2011 12:48 PM

    cleverbob says: Aug 20, 2011 12:39 PM

    “We r evaluating the QB sitch,#18 healing but we got 2 b prepared 4 early season possibility without him,defense has 2 pick it up,big time!”

    An owner really wrote that?

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    Obviously, you’ve never read Irsay’s tweets. The guy tweets more like a college-age stoner than an NFL owner, which is actually refreshing.
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    Call me a stuffy old man (at the ripe old age of 29), but I don’t consider it refreshing at all. To each his own I guess.

  27. And no, I’m sorry but your Jags ain’t gonna do it this year. They have yet to figure out how to be winners, same goes for the Texans.

  28. PM will be fine. He just watched Farve the last two years and realized he doesn’t have to go to training camp either.

    Re: the defense carrying Peyton to the SB win. Was that the win where he dismantled the feared Bears defense in a rainstorm with the passing game?

  29. I say they should call Detroit for Shaun Hill I think a third and fifth round pick or fifth round pick and Donald Brown should do it. Detroit will be ok with Stanton and Robinson.

  30. I say maybe the Colts contact Dallas and see if they can get John Kitna, he is a great back up and Dallas has Stephen McGee that could slide into the #2 spot.
    Or they could try to get Brunell from the J-E-T-S. Worse case senario is that Payton misses the first 6 games, this is a band aid fix, no way does Manning not come back by week 6.
    A vet QB who knows and accepts that they are a stop gap replacement is the best way for the Colts to try n go 3-3 if needed.

  31. Dahburger: says “he’s not as good as he’s made out to be”

    You remind me of that Geico commercial, where those guys live under rocks! I can’t stand the Colts, but PM is probably the best in the league! One could certainly argue that point. For sure in the top 3, even though I can’t think of 2 Qb’s that are better…

  32. @cleverbob: okay, you’re a stuffy old man. Seriously, though, Irsay leads a very different life from the average NFL owner. He parties with rock stars, tweets song lyrics, and dresses like a pimp. He’s got more money than all of us replying on here will ever see, so let him do what he wants, as long as it’s not illegal. Just my opinion.

  33. I think the Colts need to contact Tampa and work out a trade for Josh Johnson. He’s a future starter in the league and they could end up having Mannings replacement for down the road.

  34. eagleswin says:
    Actually he isn’t. Great regular season QB, one of the best but also one of the worst playoff QBs you’ll see.

    The year they won the superbowl? The defense carried them. When they gave Peyton the MVP that year the announcers said it must’ve been for all those wonderful commercials Peyton made because the defense was the reason they made that run through the playoffs.

    uhmmm…are you talking about the mighty Colts D that got behind the Patriots 21-3 in the first half of the AFC Championship game…gave up 34 points in all…and allowed the overrated Manning to mount the biggest comeback in AFC Championship game history by going 27-47 for 350 yards?? Im not even a Colts fan but to listen to illiterate miffs babble on that Manning is overrated is laughable. What “announcers” are you listening to anyway…it must be your local homers lamenting the fact that the year Peyton won his Super Bowl the Eagles finished 8-8 and dead last in the division? Ive never once heard any announcer nationally say that that Manning is overrated and he wins because of his defense..in fact its almost always just the opposite..he wins in spite of his defense. Do all the Colts fans on this site a favor and look up the stats of that AFC Championship game against the Pats so next time you decide to venture out of your local Eagles chat rooms you can at the very least be relevant to a conversation and sound reasonably intelligent.

  35. hard2getausername says:
    Aug 20, 2011 1:22 PM
    Anyone else think Peyton Manning got off-season neck surgery to avoid another Preseason game 3 with the Packers? (59-24 Romping)

    No

  36. Is there an easier route to the playoffs than the AFC South? Most years you win the division being .500. Titans, Jags, and Texans. Does that strike fear into anyone? Manning takes the first six weeks off, they go 2-4, and still win the division. I mean the NFC west is at least competitive.

  37. That would be awesome…the Curtis Painter era in Indy. I cannot wait!

    I have feeling though that Manning will not be missing any real games for the team…

  38. Peyton REALLY isn’t as good as he’s made out to be.. he’s qb rating declines every year as well as his YPA.. he’s extremely inefficient for throwing 600 passes a year and he’s not a finisher. So yeah he doesn’t warrant 23 mil a year. not a top 10 QB last year and coming off 2 neck surgeries, definately not a top 10 this year either. Rivers put up the same amount of yards as Manning did last year while throwing 200 less passes. Manning = OVERRATED

  39. look…im not a Peyton Manning fan either but i don’t let my personal opinion on someone cloud my judgement on a players accomplishments. With Manning as the Colts QB they have achieved things and he has personally achieved things that historically very few if any teams have accomplished:
    >4 time league MVP (NFL record)
    >7 straight seasons with 12+ wins (NFL record)
    >9 straight seasons with 10+ wins
    >9 straight seasons making the playoffs (NFL record)tied for 2nd on that list is Baltimore and Philly..with 3)
    >2 Super Bowl appearances (1-1)
    >2nd on the all time list for consecutive games played
    Whether you like Manning or not (and i really don’t have an opinion one way or another) you can’t judge him on what he is today versus what he has been in the past(see Brett Favre)…Manning has accomplished things both personally and as a team that have not been done EVER in the league..to say he is overrated in 2011 is narrow minded and absurd.

  40. “daburgher says:
    Aug 20, 2011 3:11 PM
    Peyton REALLY isn’t as good as he’s made out to be.. he’s qb rating declines every year as well as his YPA.. he’s extremely inefficient for throwing 600 passes a year and he’s not a finisher. So yeah he doesn’t warrant 23 mil a year. not a top 10 QB last year and coming off 2 neck surgeries, definately not a top 10 this year either. Rivers put up the same amount of yards as Manning did last year while throwing 200 less passes. Manning = OVERRATED

    35 ”

    Dude are you stoned or just stupid? Both? At this point I’m beginning to be amazed that you can even spell “QB”.

  41. @jaydog76 and all the other haters
    check the stats.. he literally was not a top 10 QB last year.
    Seriously, there are a lot of QB’s who can throw for as many yards as he does if they throw the ball as much as he does (675 passes last year)
    thats called being ineffecient and its proven you do not win championships w/ an inefficient QB.

  42. Well I guess we’ll see how good that coaching staff is. I mean, the Patriots had no warning when they lost Brady and somehow, “miraculously”, they won 11 games. A weird quirk caused them to miss the playoffs, but an admirable season, nonetheless.

    Do we not have the same confidence in Jim Caldwell and his team?

    Don’t answer that….

  43. im not saying he was never the best.. b/c he was at one point. but those days are gone. he is not as great as he used to be, not even close and yet people still think he’s the best. Sorry people, but the dude is getting old and he is coming off of 2 neck surgeries. he does not deserve 23 mil a year. he’s got a great football mind, but his physical abilities are diminishing. 10 passers threw w/ more efficiency than he did last year. thats a FACT

  44. As great an organization as the Colts have been since Manning has ascended to one of the top 2-3 QB’s in the league, it’s more than a little shocking they have NEVER prepared for the possibility that, you know, he might get HURT.

    The Patriots were in the same boat except for the fact they’ve lucked into Ryan Malett who, after a couple years, could be the heir apparent (but not nearly as good as Brady mind you).

    This is a problem of the Colts own doing. I would expect this from the Bengals. Not the Colts.

  45. ****jdandcoke says:Aug 20, 2011 12:43 PM

    daburgher

    Payton isnt as good as he’s made out to be? when did you start watching football, last week?
    ———————————-

    Actually he isn’t. Great regular season QB, one of the best but also one of the worst playoff QBs you’ll see.

    The year they won the superbowl? The defense carried them. When they gave Peyton the MVP that year the announcers said it must’ve been for all those wonderful commercials Peyton made because the defense was the reason they made that run through the playoffs.****

    The defense that was dead last in the league against the rush “carried” the team? Of course Indy was #2 against the pass, but then who would pass when you could run right through them? Indy had a couple of decent defenses in the early to mid 2000’s, but 2006 wasn’t one of them, and by and large for Manning’s career, the defense has been has been much inferior to the O. Somebody above mentions this is the way Manning wants it, and it may be true in a Marino type fashion – put most of the team’s assets in the O and artificially supplement it, and everyone will go on about how there was little support from other sectors of the team. You get what you pay for.

  46. jdandcoke

    When did YOU start watching football……..take a look at his mediocre playoff record and the fact that he constantly chokes…..

  47. packerzman – he has achieved all this in a pass-happy NFL…the NEW NFL..that is why moron!

    .which is why other QBs have come close or have broken many of his records….as will happen even more in the future………

    Manning = Fouts II

  48. Gotta love Isray.

    The guy’s such a counter-culture burned out hippie, that he bought the original scroll manuscript for Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”

  49. I would take Peyton Manning in his current conditions, over any Qb that my favorite team has (Broncos), & really, over any Qb in the league.

  50. If Manning misses a game, Favre’s consecutive start record remains safe, so they can repay Favre by giving him the job and watching the Colts’ season go down down down the drain. Won’t that be fun?

    Seriously, I don’t believe Manning is out. It’s just a bunch of blabber.

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