Without Peyton Manning, the Indianapolis Colts are being written off by everyone. And some players on the team sound like they’re getting sick of hearing that they have no chance without their star quarterback.
“We don’t feel like we should all just pack up our things and go home because he’s not there,” linebacker Gary Brackett told the Indianapolis Star.
Brackett was one of several players who made comments indicating that they wish they could get a little credit for the Colts’ success in recent years, rather than everyone just putting it all on Manning’s shoulders.
“Yes, he’s a big part of what we’ve done around here, but there are a lot of other guys on this team who have had great impacts,” right guard Ryan Diem said. “We’re all one. Let’s see what we can do without him.”
Colts receiver Reggie Wayne said the other 52 players on the roster are completely capable of winning without Manning.
“We want to go out there and win,” Wayne said. “We just want to play football and that’s not going to change.”
We’ll see on Sunday how much the Colts have changed.