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Jim Irsay thinks Andrew Luck is a possibility for the Colts

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Less than three months after giving Peyton Manning a five-year, $90 million contract, Colts owner Jim Irsay is acknowledging that his team may be looking for its quarterback of the future in next year’s NFL draft.

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that Irsay strongly indicated that his team would be interested in a franchise quarterback like Stanford’s Andrew Luck in the 2012 NFL draft.

“Guys like that come along so rarely,” Irsay said, referring to sure-thing prospects like Manning and Luck.

The winless Colts are the first team to five losses this season, giving them an early lead in the race for the first pick in the draft. This year, the first pick seems like a foregone conclusion: Luck is considered by far the best pro prospect playing college football right now.

So if the Colts get the first pick, do they go for Luck? Or do they trade the pick to a team that will give the Colts a bounty of players and picks that could allow them to build another Super Bowl winner around Manning?

Irsay said he believes the Colts with Manning are a good team — he said he thinks they’d be 4-1 if Manning were playing — but Irsay also seems to think Luck is too big a talent to pass up.

“Even if that means that guy sits for three or four years, you’d certainly think about taking him,” Irsay said. “You see what Green Bay did with [Brett] Favre and [Aaron] Rodgers and you’d like to be able to do the same thing.”

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  1. savannahrose44 says: Oct 11, 2011 7:24 AM

    Curtis Painter is gonna throw a monkey wrench in his plans…

  2. edmazeing1 says: Oct 11, 2011 7:28 AM

    Hmmm I dont think a owner or coach should be talking about players in next year draft 5weeks into the season!!!

  3. terripet says: Oct 11, 2011 7:30 AM

    the colts will never win a super bowl with caldwell as coach

  4. rajuncajun28 says: Oct 11, 2011 7:32 AM

    Because he has so much good to discuss about this season??^

  5. Patriot42 says: Oct 11, 2011 7:41 AM

    If Painter can’t beat the Chiefs then the colts have a good chance in drafting first in next years draft. The Chiefs believe they beat the world champs after narrowly winning Sunday but the Chiefs at the end of the year will also be in the mix for Luck.

  6. edgarpoe2 says: Oct 11, 2011 7:50 AM

    So is this an admission that they are losing on purpose to get the first pick?

  7. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Oct 11, 2011 7:57 AM

    Great… Now Polian can have another 0-16 team and throw in a top QB and win 12 games every year and everyone will be saying how much of a genius he is again!

  8. humbleminded85 says: Oct 11, 2011 7:57 AM

    Just think, if Manning didn’t hold that ship together for the past 12 years this owner would most likely be in the same catagory as the Mike Browns of the world. His tweets wouldn’t be so “entertaining” had he not found a once in a lifetime franchise QB. Im not a Colts nor Pats fan, but these two teams have been at the top of the league, year in and year out, but when Brady went down I think we all got to see first hand the difference between a franchise built on solid draft picks and a great coaching staff and a franchise built on 1 person and 1 pesron only. The Colts system of “drafting a once in a lifetime QB and the rest will be fine” idea is over folks. Got to give em credit though, it did work for 12 years.

  9. seneca1ss says: Oct 11, 2011 7:58 AM

    He’s staying at Stanford (sucks for you Dolphin fan!) haha

  10. hendawg21 says: Oct 11, 2011 8:00 AM

    Hmmm, is this why the team is stinking up every joint it plays in??? I mean come on Manning is the Colts but to look the way the Colts do without him is suspicious…Knowing Manning may be done or almost done and now the team just totally sucks makes one wonder if this isn’t/wasn’t the plan before the season just to get in good position to draft Luck!

  11. shackdelrio says: Oct 11, 2011 8:00 AM

    This would be the NFL equivalent of David Robinson being hurt in 1997 and the Spurs getting the top pick and selecting Tim Duncan, who was also the no-doubt top player in the draft. That pick added 10 years of relevancy to the Spurs after Robinson retired. Luck could do the same for Indy.

  12. hendawg21 says: Oct 11, 2011 8:02 AM

    Oh btw Andrew Luck should pull a John Elway if drafted by the Colts…for those too young to remember Baltimore(Colts) drafted John Elway who by the way was also out of Stanford and he refused to play for the Colts…how ironic the Colts possibly going after another Stanford QB who seems to be the cream of the crop…

  13. brealistic says: Oct 11, 2011 8:03 AM

    To the loyal Colt nation, invest your money.
    Come and see us SUCK 4 Luck, Like it or not that’s or GOAL.
    Why would any owner make a statement with so many games left to play..

  14. vexey says: Oct 11, 2011 8:07 AM

    Going from Manning to Luck doesn’t seem fair does it :|

  15. raiderlyfe510 says: Oct 11, 2011 8:18 AM

    Too bad the Colts aren’t on our schedule. I would love a free win.

  16. drcap says: Oct 11, 2011 8:19 AM

    Not a fair comparison to Favre-Rodgers. Luck will be #1 pick, not the twentieth. You can’t sit the #1 pick for 3 or 4 years.

  17. euroamericans says: Oct 11, 2011 8:19 AM

    What a coincidence that Manning told Luck to stay another year when Luck was considering coming out this year.

  18. kingmj4891 says: Oct 11, 2011 8:25 AM

    If Caldwell goes the Colts could go 7-4 to finish the season otherwise i have a strong feeling of 0-16 to 2-14 at best.

  19. kingmj4891 says: Oct 11, 2011 8:25 AM

    drcap says:
    Oct 11, 2011 8:19 AM
    Not a fair comparison to Favre-Rodgers. Luck will be #1 pick, not the twentieth. You can’t sit the #1 pick for 3 or 4 years.

    __________________________
    Yes you can!

  20. djteknision1200 says: Oct 11, 2011 8:28 AM

    Bet he didn’t tell Peyton about these plans.

  21. Spencer says: Oct 11, 2011 8:32 AM

    Yup, ironically Manning was the one who encouraged Luck to stay in school. Now it gets more likely every week that Luck will take Manning’s job as a result. As they say, no good deed goes unpunished.

  22. sloancold says: Oct 11, 2011 8:34 AM

    I think the Dolphins have already written their name on the back of him.

  23. billharford31 says: Oct 11, 2011 8:34 AM

    Let’s not forget about the dolphins. They may very well end with luck. The colts might need to go 0-16. I think Irsay is just desperate. The colts are pathetic

  24. 202folife says: Oct 11, 2011 8:45 AM

    @seneca1ss
    If he stays at Stanford again this year I wouldn’t want the guy. You’d have to start questioning his desire to play in the NFL.

  25. terripet says: Oct 11, 2011 8:57 AM

    colts should be 4-1 with the worst cb’s in the leauge. get jeff fisher before someone else does.

  26. bluejays20091 says: Oct 11, 2011 9:03 AM

    now i am in shock that he said that

  27. wrossi81 says: Oct 11, 2011 9:06 AM

    It’d be poetic justice if the NFL penalized these “suck for Luck” teams and removed their first-round draft picks as they start blatantly throwing games.

  28. dbrady1950 says: Oct 11, 2011 9:07 AM

    Get rid of Poilen n get a coach!

  29. 8man says: Oct 11, 2011 9:08 AM

    Is it ironic or coincidental that in a year where the Detroit Lions are currently undefeated, we are speculating on how many teams will run the table in reverse to get the number one overall pick?

    Bizarre.

  30. mediasloppy says: Oct 11, 2011 9:14 AM

    Luck is either the best thing since sliced bread or the most overrated player out there.

  31. brutus9448 says: Oct 11, 2011 9:17 AM

    Is this guy really that dumb to be talking about 1st pick in the draft 5 games into season? what type of message that sends to the team. That the owner wants them to lose. Terrible owner. I hope they don’t end up getting luck or Luck becomes a bust if they do.

  32. icanspeel says: Oct 11, 2011 9:19 AM

    All this talk of Luck really makes me want to see them do a lottery system for the first 5-10 picks. Then a team can’t think about getting the #1 pick as consolation for losing.

  33. butlers91 says: Oct 11, 2011 9:19 AM

    Irsay is a good marketer, so he is probably just building value for that #1 pick when the time comes to trade it.

  34. jimmysee says: Oct 11, 2011 9:21 AM

    Anytime any college player gets referred to as a “sure thing prospect” — it’s time to run for the hills.

  35. robigd says: Oct 11, 2011 9:25 AM

    Unfortunately for the Colts, they play the Jags twice this year. They will at least be 2-14.

  36. minnesconsin says: Oct 11, 2011 9:26 AM

    shackdelrio says:
    Oct 11, 2011 8:00 AM
    This would be the NFL equivalent of David Robinson being hurt in 1997 and the Spurs getting the top pick and selecting Tim Duncan, who was also the no-doubt top player in the draft. That pick added 10 years of relevancy to the Spurs after Robinson retired. Luck could do the same for Indy.
    ————–

    I lack that comparison, but there’s one major difference: Manning and Luck will never dominate as a tandem on the field at the same time.

  37. mac3333 says: Oct 11, 2011 9:29 AM

    I hope my Bengals put them 1 loss closer to Luck on Sunday.

  38. paulbrownsrevenge says: Oct 11, 2011 9:29 AM

    If Stanford doesn’t win the title, He’ll go back. He’s made it pretty clear he’s happy at Stanford.

  39. minnesconsin says: Oct 11, 2011 9:32 AM

    MDS: So if the Colts get the first pick, do they go for Luck? Or do they trade the pick to a team that will give the Colts a bounty of players and picks that could allow them to build another Super Bowl winner around Manning?
    ———–

    How about they draft Luck and trade Manning for a bounty of players and picks that could allow them to build a Super Bowl winner around Luck? Assuming Luck pans out, that’d be the best case scenario. I know fans in Indy love Peyton, and he hasn’t made an arse of himself like Favre did in GB–yet. Sometimes you have to roll the dice. If Rodgers hadn’t panned out, Ted Thompson would be roasting on a spit in Oconomowo. Irsay faces a similar dilemma, though Manning’s only real problem is his health at this stage — Favre’s style of play was a greater concern in GB.

  40. basexc9 says: Oct 11, 2011 9:40 AM

    If the Colts get Luck I will throw up. How lucky can you get? First Peyton and then Luck..

  41. glac1 says: Oct 11, 2011 9:46 AM

    Unless they tank on purpose the Colts are NOT the worst team in football.

  42. trollhammer20 says: Oct 11, 2011 9:58 AM

    hendawg21 says:
    Oct 11, 2011 8:02 AM
    Oh btw Andrew Luck should pull a John Elway if drafted by the Colts…for those too young to remember Baltimore(Colts) drafted John Elway who by the way was also out of Stanford and he refused to play for the Colts…how ironic the Colts possibly going after another Stanford QB who seems to be the cream of the crop…
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    There are two reasons why this won’t happen.

    First of all, the reason Elway told the Colts he wouldn’t play for them is they had a horrible head coach with a very bad reputation for dictatorial behavior, Frank Kush. He basically forced them to trade the pick to the Denver Broncos.

    Nothing suggests to me that the same kind of situation exists today in Indy, or anywhere else for that matter. In fact, I could see the team with the #1 overall using Luck to get a guy like Cowher or Fisher to agree to be head coach.

    Second, the only reason Elway could do this is he had significant leverage. He was already a part of the Yankees organization, having played some minor league ball for them, and could have told the Colts to get stuffed and gone and played baseball for the Yankees instead. To my knowledge, Luck doesn’t have that kind of fallback option that would allow him to blow a team off like that.

    If Luck doesn’t like the team who is #1 overall, he can simply choose not to declare for the draft and spend another year at Stanford.

  43. hendawg21 says: Oct 11, 2011 10:02 AM

    How long can he stay at Stanford geez isn’t he in his 5th year already…

  44. jayrandall says: Oct 11, 2011 10:10 AM

    This guy and his franchise have a ton of nerve. Essentially, they are admitting to tanking their season so they can get A. Luck.

    As a Dolphin fan who watched Marino retire and Peyton Manning come onto the scene at the same time, watching the Colt franchise grab another QB of Luck’s caliber is unacceptable, as they have had their window of opportunity with a steller athlete and QB in Manning.

  45. cgalaxy says: Oct 11, 2011 10:13 AM

    jimmysee says:
    Oct 11, 2011 9:21 AM
    Anytime any college player gets referred to as a “sure thing prospect” — it’s time to run for the hills.

    ===================================

    Except for Calvin Johnson and a ton of other top draft picks, of course.

  46. trollhammer20 says: Oct 11, 2011 10:15 AM

    I think he redshirted one year, so he has a year of eligibility left. From what I read, he completes his degree this year, so if he did stay, it would be solely for football and/or college babes.

  47. nesportsfan0428 says: Oct 11, 2011 10:23 AM

    anyone else hope that when Andrew Luck makes it to the NFL, he’s terrible, like Ryan Leaf bad?

    Not that I have anything against him, or the teams that are in contention to draft him. I’m just sick of hearing for the second straight year about which team could possibly draft him. This kind of hype just breeds schadenfreude, it’s not my fault.

  48. NFLJunkie says: Oct 11, 2011 10:28 AM

    I’ve never understood how the hypothetical losing on purpose to get a high draft pick thing is supposed to work.

    Does the owner tell the coach his job is safe even if the team ends up with the worst record in the NFL?

    Do the coaches pull the players aside and tell them to intentionally stink it up and blow the game, and they’ll get a new contract since no other team is going to want them in free agency anymore?

  49. barneyrumble says: Oct 11, 2011 10:29 AM

    Andrew Luck with a horseshoe on his helmet? Meant to be, he will be Franchise QB 2.0! We take one bad season, and we get 12 more great years. Mr. Irsay is simply looking at the schedule we have ahead, the team we have on the field, and stating that if it keeps circling the poop shoot, it’s ok, we get Luck and Peyton for two years and then Luck for a decade! Sounds like a plan. No need to throw games except maybe Jacksonville. The Chiefs were our hope of a win and it didn’t happen. oh fer 16 unless there is a fluke somewhere. Give it up ya’all, Colts gonna turn bad luck of 2011, into Great Luck for the next decade and beyond! Mmmmmmhahhhhhahah.

  50. nesuperfan says: Oct 11, 2011 10:34 AM

    hendawg21 says:Oct 11, 2011 8:02 AM

    Oh btw Andrew Luck should pull a John Elway if drafted by the Colts…for those too young to remember Baltimore(Colts) drafted John Elway who by the way was also out of Stanford and he refused to play for the Colts…how ironic the Colts possibly going after another Stanford QB who seems to be the cream of the crop…
    __________________________________

    Why would he not want to play for Irsay? Irsay has a clear history of paying his QB handsomely, and treating him great. If I were 30 years younger, and a great QB, it sounds like a place I wouldn’t mind ending up at.

    No place you go as the first round pick is going to be great competitively, at least the first year, but at least Indy has a history of trying to field competitive teams. Also, short of not coming out, you don’t really have much choice were you are drafted.

  51. waxthat says: Oct 11, 2011 10:43 AM

    forget Andrew Luck…Manning should win MVP this year, for showing how awful the Colts are without him

  52. bgrubb says: Oct 11, 2011 10:45 AM

    How Ironic would it be, if Colts do end up with the #1 pick and… Luck decides he doesn’t want any part of a Favre/Rodgers style QB controversy, or maybe he just doesn’t like the idea of sitting the bench for 4 years waiting for the old man to finally give it up… he basically refuses to sign with the Colts and forces a Draft and Trade to the Broncos… ala John Elway!

    Just wishful thinking on my part.

  53. freewayjim says: Oct 11, 2011 10:51 AM

    The thing is, Jim Caldwell is such an incompetent head coach, we’d never really know if they were tanking it or not.

  54. nesuperfan says: Oct 11, 2011 10:55 AM

    @bgrubb Although respectful of them, I am no Colts’ fan, but I doubt that Manning would be anywhere near as classless as Favre was, and has been lately.

  55. savannahrose44 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:06 AM

    hendawg21 says:
    Oct 11, 2011 10:02 AM
    How long can he stay at Stanford geez isn’t he in his 5th year already…

    As long as he wants to take classes and remain a student enrolled at the school?

  56. bnwillard says: Oct 11, 2011 11:14 AM

    I don’t understand how any college player could be considered a “can’t miss” prospect. According to everything I’ve read, Luck is already deemed a success in the NFL. We all know he could just as easily wind up being the next Ryan Leaf. Any franchise would be a fool pinning all their hopes and dreams for future success on one player, much less tank an entire season for a chance to draft him.

    I see A Dolphins uniform in Andys future.

  57. CKL says: Oct 11, 2011 11:31 AM

    hendawg21 says: Oct 11, 2011 8:00 AM

    Hmmm, is this why the team is stinking up every joint it plays in??? I mean come on Manning is the Colts but to look the way the Colts do without him is suspicious…Knowing Manning may be done or almost done and now the team just totally sucks makes one wonder if this isn’t/wasn’t the plan before the season just to get in good position to draft Luck!
    ______________________________________
    I didn’t see this last Colts game but I saw the others and those players don’t look like they are tanking. Painter is also getting better with every snap. We have some Colts fans who come to our message board (Pats) and some others and I have been trying to convince them to keep their heads up and just enjoy watching Painter develop like we did with Cassel. That was actually a fun season to watch (after the initial horror of TB’s being out for the year) because of Cassel’s growth from game to game.

  58. radrntn says: Oct 11, 2011 11:34 AM

    brilliant

  59. dan1919 says: Oct 11, 2011 11:39 AM

    Look how bad the colts are without Manning? R U serious? What suck crap. Manning has played with #1 picks all over the field. Marshall Faulk, Edge James, J Addai, M Harrison, R Wayne, Dallas Clark, a good OL. Revisionist history on Manning is sickening.

    The Colts signed Kerry Collins and stunted Painter on purpose. K Collins hasn’t won a start for a long time. he sucks. They lost to the Chiefs on Purpose. The last 15 mins of the Bucs game they gave up.

    This is a crock. NFL needs to institute a lottery system effective immediately.

    To the Tim Duncan poster: the Celtics were favored to get Duncan. Atleast the Spurs won the lottery to get him, unlike the Colts going 0-16 on purpose.

    Idiot Goodell won’t do a thing about it either.

  60. 4evrnyt says: Oct 11, 2011 11:44 AM

    OK start up the the conspiracy theory bus:

    Coincidence that a player that’s never missed a game in his career decides at the last moment to have surgery that “ends his season” so that his team is in the best possible position to pick up the best QB to come around since the one they currently have? Also, the fact that they laid all this money on the table knowing that Peyton was going to have an issue with his neck?

    Peyton was paid to sit this season so the colts could draft Luck. Peyton being the team player that he is and also realizing that the team isn’t in position to contend agreed knowing that the end for him was already near anyway.

  61. captaintriumph says: Oct 11, 2011 11:45 AM

    I wish my team (the Vikings) had an owner and coach like Irsay. He’s not afraid to do what everyone knows is the smart thing. Lose and get Andrew Luck. It’s stupid to do what the Vikings are doing. Eliminate yourself from the playoffs early…but then do everything possible to win a few games. All that does is make your draft position worse. The only thing the Vikings should be concerned about now is next year. Kudos to Irsay for having some brains.

  62. flyeaglesfly13 says: Oct 11, 2011 2:51 PM

    I can’t believe no one said it yet, but luck is goin to the eagles. And is gunna keep Andy Reid there for another 12 years.

  63. truthserum4u says: Oct 11, 2011 6:09 PM

    I would expect the Colts organization will be disciplined for this. You aren’t supposed to or allowed to make comments like that about players with eligiblity left; especially when he has another available to him after this season.

  64. billharford31 says: Oct 11, 2011 7:22 PM

    The big question is: if they get luck, what are they going to do about the salaty cap. They already have $90M in manning and they would need to pay a lot for luck. I think the dolphins get it. I think the colts got screwed by manning in the offseason and now are a train wreck. Plus, if they put manning up for a trade then everyone knows that the guy is not healthy, which, along with his salary would devaluate the draft compensation that the colts would get.

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