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Colts won’t be tanking to get Andrew Luck

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Though it would be fitting for a quarterback named Luck to play for a team with a horseshoe on its helmet, anyone who thinks that the Colts will deliberately lose games to win a shot at the Stanford quarterback needs to think again.

The so-called “Suck for Luck” campaign, which fans of several teams are at least pondering early in the season, makes no sense in Indy, for several reasons.

First, and as Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC pointed out during halftime of the Notre Dame game on Saturday, coaches and players simply aren’t wired to lose games on purpose.

Second, the coach whose team “earns” the first pick in the draft also likely “earns” a pink slip.

Third, Colts defensive end Robert Mathis has made it clear via Twitter (per NFL.com) that there will be no tanking for luck.

But if the Colts somehow end up with dibs on Luck, things could get interesting.  Peyton Manning surely will prefer that the pick be used to help him win another Super Bowl or two, and the rights to Luck could be traded for multiple high-round draft picks and/or veteran players at positions other than quarterback.

King thinks the Colts won’t care, and that the front office won’t hesitate to take Luck, if the opportunity presents itself.

Depending on whether the Colts can win games without Manning, it could become one of the biggest story lines of the 2012 offseason.

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27 Responses to “Colts won’t be tanking to get Andrew Luck”
  1. bigwhitey says: Sep 18, 2011 10:38 AM

    The Colts may not be aware of it yet, but they are tanking without Peyton.

  2. golonger says: Sep 18, 2011 10:39 AM

    I wish people would stop bringing up teams losing for a draft pick…it doesn’t happen and will never happen. Are you going to “tank” at your job so someone else can come into your company and make it better?….Get real!

  3. ajc85 says: Sep 18, 2011 10:45 AM

    When you suck involuntarily, it’s not called tanking. That’s what you get for putting all your eggs in one basket, even though it was a very nice basket.

  4. lowleadman says: Sep 18, 2011 10:47 AM

    What are you talking about Mike? The Colts have already demonstrated to us that yes, they will throw regular season games as they did during their potential undefeated season if it suits their needs. What better excuse to have than being without Peyton and having not prepared for that possible eventuality by not developing a qb to step in if needed?

    Sometimes if a duck quacks like a duck and flies like a duck, it IS a duck.

  5. jsratx says: Sep 18, 2011 10:47 AM

    I’d like to formally nominate the Texans to “Suck for Luck.” To wit.

    1. Luck is a Houston product.

    2. If Houston did get the #1 pick, that would mean that Kubiak would FINALLY get whacked.

    3. We’d have a legit franchise QB for 12-14 years.

    4. See #2.

    Sure we’d have to endure another embarrassing season, but what else is new? At least this ends with a positive outcome. It’s really the proverbial win/win/win.

    C’mon, Texans! Suck for Luck!

  6. illiniftw says: Sep 18, 2011 10:47 AM

    The Colts won’t TRY to tank the season… It will just happen without Manning

  7. kenny1976 says: Sep 18, 2011 10:48 AM

    You can ask yourself where would Tony Dungy be if it wasnt for having arguably one of the best quarterbacks of all time.The same place the current staff will be without Manning.Without a job.You HAVE to to into the season with a capable back up qb.Clearly the colts havent played their cards well in the curtrent and the past with your Jim Sorgis and Curtis Painters.
    Dont be suprised when the Colts are the LEADER in the race to draft Luck next offseason.

  8. tfbuckfutter says: Sep 18, 2011 10:49 AM

    “Though it would be fitting for a quarterback named Luck to play for a team with a horseshoe on its helmet, anyone who thinks that the Colts will deliberately lose games to win a shot at the Stanford quarterback needs to think again.”

    ———————————–

    It’d be more fitting for a Stanford quarterback with a horseface to play on a team with a horseshoe on their helmet….

    But he didn’t want to.

    Also, what good would Luck do the Colts if Peyton is an unwilling mentor, which by all accounts he is, which is why they now have Kerry Collins starting for them.

  9. tell says: Sep 18, 2011 10:51 AM

    Tank against the Browns?? C’mon…

  10. all4patriots says: Sep 18, 2011 10:53 AM

    “coaches and players simply aren’t wired to lose games on purpose”

    They seemed perfectly well-wired to roll over and tank a couple of years ago when they were 14-0 and decided to roll over and let the Jets make the playoffs by quitting in their last two games.

    The NFL even changed the scheduling rules, putting division rivalry games late, so teams would tend to not intentionally roll over like Indianapolis Colts.

    Quitting is in their nature.

  11. jw731 says: Sep 18, 2011 10:54 AM

    Here’s an idea….Get a swivel chair when you do these segments, so i won’t have to look for the puppet strings, or take some metamucil or something, loosen up, you look like the tin man needing oil when you spin your entire body to hear what the skunk has to say….

  12. baxman89 says: Sep 18, 2011 10:55 AM

    There is a possibility that the first overall pick may not be needed for Luck. The Vikings, Bengals, 49ers, Titans, Jaguars, Panthers, ect… recently drafted their quarterback of the future, and the smart money is on one of those teams draftting higher. Just looking around the league I don’t see many teams that desperate for a quarterback. Seattle comes to mind. So does Denver (and I’m an Orton fan). But I think one way or another Peyton will be backed up and replaced eventually by Luck. I never noticed the Horseshoe/Luck tidbit. That’s awesome.

  13. lowleadman says: Sep 18, 2011 10:55 AM

    Not to mention that the Colts have the worst coach in the league and now that Manning is on the sideline, he will be exposed.

    Not to say the Colts will get Luck, but they will be in the running, along with a new coach!!!

  14. richm2256 says: Sep 18, 2011 10:56 AM

    lowleadman says:
    Sep 18, 2011 10:47 AM
    What are you talking about Mike? The Colts have already demonstrated to us that yes, they will throw regular season games as they did during their potential undefeated season if it suits their needs. What better excuse to have than being without Peyton and having not prepared for that possible eventuality by not developing a qb to step in if needed?

    Sometimes if a duck quacks like a duck and flies like a duck, it IS a duck.

    ——————————————————–

    People should never forget that the Colts DID actually “lay down” in NFL games, games which had direct impacts on which teams got into the playoffs.

  15. kegowhisky says: Sep 18, 2011 10:56 AM

    The thought of tanking pisses me off to no end, although I’m not naive enough to believe it hasn’t or can’t happen. I think back to my childhood days of playing tackle in the street, and the thought of not giving 100% would never have entered my slightly dented skull. Horrible thought!

  16. firejackdelrionow says: Sep 18, 2011 11:02 AM

    Why iz Andrew Luck such a big deal????

  17. bnwillard says: Sep 18, 2011 11:08 AM

    Out of the things written about this whole thing, it’s interesting to me Jim Sorgi’s name has never come up. Surely, after backing up Manning for what, close to a decade, he’d know the offense better than anyone,or at least better than Kerry Collins.

  18. citizenstrange says: Sep 18, 2011 11:09 AM

    He’d look good in Black ‘n Gold!

    GO STEELERS!

  19. bigdogsolec says: Sep 18, 2011 11:10 AM

    VIKES WILL GET LUCK , and they won’t need to tank to end up at the botton either

  20. popolover says: Sep 18, 2011 11:11 AM

    I put NOTHING past Polian. Peter King does not mind doing Bill a favor and say why the Colts would not tank. But as stated above, Polian’s colors have been exposed and the ‘average’ (that is what Polian would call us) fan even knows that he will do and say or not say anything.
    He quit 2 years ago, he can puppet the losses with Caldwell.
    Caldwell will be let go and Tressel will probably be in, not hard to figure out.

  21. alexb64 says: Sep 18, 2011 11:18 AM

    Bad news for Colts fans though, The Giants are tanking too so they may have to settle for the #2 pick. The good news though is that Jerry Reese is eyeing a DE projected to be taken in the late 2nd-early 3rd with the #1 pick so they’d still be in play for Luck.

  22. robigd says: Sep 18, 2011 11:24 AM

    IMO, without Manning, the Colts are the perfect franchise to move to L.A. It is only a matter of time before they have blackouts.

  23. trbowman says: Sep 18, 2011 11:40 AM

    Nobody is going to purposely lose games, obviously people around here watch too much of the NBA.

  24. CKL says: Sep 18, 2011 11:50 AM

    You guys who are saying the Colts have laid down on purpose by selectively resting starting guys after they got yearly milestones in the record books before at the end of seasons are correct…BUT…an important distinction is that was Polian’s wishes, not the players’ (let’s not pretend Dungy and Caldwell made those calls). In saying the starting players themselves will all collectively tank for Luck, that’s saying THEY make that call because if you are on the field as a player how could you say, “well I’m out here, let me just suck on purpose because my GM wants Luck”??? No player with any pride would do that. I feel bad for the rest of the guys on that team having to hear how they are all worthless and constantly from all angles.

  25. jessethegreat says: Sep 18, 2011 12:11 PM

    Let the season play out first. I’m not saying the Colts won’t have the worst record in the league, but there are 15 more weeks to determine that.

    There is no guarantee Luck finishes the season completely healthy.

    I’m not saying Luck is Brian Brohm, but he may not be the next Peyton Manning everyone is expecting. Ask Jake Locker and Brohm about early season hype.

    PFT should wait until about week 12 to bring this topic back IF Luck is tearing it up at Stanford and the Colts are two games worse in the standings than the next worst team.

  26. thekingdave says: Sep 18, 2011 1:19 PM

    Scott Robinson, stop commenting on football.

  27. cantarguefacts says: Sep 19, 2011 9:32 AM

    Manning is an unwilling mentor? Before he signed his new contract there were open conversation between irsay and manning abiut his replacement and he is willing. And manning hosts an annual passing camp and who is a multi time attender of the camp? Andrew Luck. I am a colts fan and I dont want my team to “suck for luck” but if we are truly that bad (annnnd we might be) then im all for taking him. But I think pete carroll is tanking the season for luck. I mean, c’mon, Tavaris Jackson? Nobody in their right mind starts him when there are other options.

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