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Polian: Manning fine with drafting a quarterback

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The Colts are now two games ahead in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes, with only six games to play.

Only four teams are stuck at two wins: St. Louis, Miami, Minnesota, and Carolina.  It’s very easy to see those teams winning at least another game.

Could the Colts get to two or even three wins? Unless the answer is yes, the Colts are going to have the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft.  And Peyton Manning has supposedly given his blessing to draft a quarterback there.

“The bottom line is that if the right person is there, and it has to be the right person, then now is the time to make that choice,” Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian said on his radio show Monday via the Indianapolis Star. “Peyton and I have spoken about that, and he’s okay with that.”

Polian is scouting Stanford this week, where that potential “right person” just so happens to play.

We’ve heard that it would be difficult for the Colts to fit Manning and No. 1 overall quarterback under the salary cap, but it’s not nearly as hard as it would be in the past. In fact, we think it makes a lot of sense — if Manning is healthy.

Whether Manning welcomes another quarterback to the team or not, he still has a long way to go before proving he’ll be able to play football in 2012.

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81 Responses to “Polian: Manning fine with drafting a quarterback”
  1. thehighhat says: Nov 15, 2011 9:58 AM

    What an embarrassment the Colts are. From the top down, no pride.

  2. revrondog says: Nov 15, 2011 9:58 AM

    I hope Mr. Luck likes wearing blue for the next 5 years

  3. marcuswelby70 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:00 AM

    Since when does Polian need Manning’s ok to draft a QB?

  4. brutus9448 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:02 AM

    I hope luck is a bust if the colts take him. Carma for tanking the season.

  5. jmphinsfan says: Nov 15, 2011 10:03 AM

    i think theres a difference between being “fine” with something and “understanding” something.

    remember, this is the guy who said to Jim Irsay if you dont draft me, i will beat you for the next 15 yrs.

  6. captainwisdom8888 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:03 AM

    If that franchise can make a smooth Manning-to-Luck transition over next 2 years or so that would be ridiculous for them, considering there are a lot of teams starting kolbs, tebows, skeletons, or rooks at qb position. Their defense is soft tho

  7. baous says: Nov 15, 2011 10:04 AM

    Don’t think this is bs. I think he realizes his time is up soon and he wants whats best for the Colts, and before anyone says Manning’s a diva that doesn’t have the Colts’ best interest at heart, just remember Bill Polian wanted to give him like a $120M contract and Peyton rejected that, and took something like 95

  8. djteknision1200 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:05 AM

    Yeah he gives the Colts his blessing to draft a QB, as long is that QB name is not Luck. The QB must be able to hold a clipboard for at least two years.

  9. sonoco says: Nov 15, 2011 10:06 AM

    Polian could always just tell Eli’s brother that he’s at Stanford to visit his son, Brian Polian, who is the special teams coordinator there.

  10. brintfatre says: Nov 15, 2011 10:07 AM

    Because he always wanted to get traded to Tennessee.

  11. mpayne12 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:09 AM

    I hope the colts lose their pick for unsportsmanship. Seriously they have not tried all year. They shouldn’t get to draft luck.

  12. crashdog says: Nov 15, 2011 10:10 AM

    If this year has proven anything, it is that the Colts need a lot more than a QB to fix this team. I am sure Manning would have this cast of scrubs in playoff contention, but he is after all, Peyton Manning. #1 pick QBs are a 50-50 proposition, and can a team with so many needs afford to take that kind of risk? There are very few guys who could come in and pick this thing up and make it good again. What makes anyone think a rookie could do that? This falls on Polian. His drafts have produced little. Same with his FA signings. He has hid behind Manning’s greatness for a decade. Now the whole organization is being exposed for what it is.

  13. h4wksf4n says: Nov 15, 2011 10:12 AM

    Way to intentionally tank the season.

  14. ready2crush says: Nov 15, 2011 10:12 AM

    All smoke and mirrors to get a kings ransom for the right to draft Luck. Probably not three 1st rounders, but a couple defensive starters and another 1st round pick sounds right

  15. rarson says: Nov 15, 2011 10:15 AM

    The problem is, they don’t know if Luck is actually going to enter the draft next year, or if he decides to stay in school.

    My bet is that he stays in school. Which means all this “suck for Luck” talk will be, and always has been, for nothing.

  16. hystoracle says: Nov 15, 2011 10:16 AM

    I’m glad Peyton gave his blessing. And the colts are glad too because they are going to draft Luck whether Peyton approves or not.

  17. thridandlong says: Nov 15, 2011 10:17 AM

    With $ 28 million in hand for next year, Peyton’s o.k with the Colts drafting 3 QB’s.

  18. Davo says: Nov 15, 2011 10:17 AM

    Does anyone really believe that Andrew Luck will get in a practice snap under Manning? If so, he’d be the first QB to get one.

  19. eagleswin says: Nov 15, 2011 10:18 AM

    I guess we know who is running the team, apparantly not the Polians. They are just there to collect a paycheck.

    Whether Manning is able to play or not, it looks like Manning will collect the $28 million due early next year as they’ll never get approval from their boss (Manning) not to pay it.

  20. roxtar10 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:21 AM

    Fantastic to see after week ten that the Colts are completely set on sucking bad enough to get that top pick….

  21. nicosanchez02 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:24 AM

    Wow, what a shame, I guess they are sucking for Luck after all.

  22. southpaw2k says: Nov 15, 2011 10:25 AM

    So what do the Colts do if Luck doesn’t declare for the draft in January? Everyone is presuming he will leave school a year early for the NFL. He may have all the tools, but it’s no forgone conclusion he’s entering the draft.

  23. gmen1987 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:29 AM

    I wonder if that tool Phil Simms finally will adknowledge that the Colts will be taking Luck.

    It’s been no secret for weeks that the Colts would draft Luck if they get the number 1 pick.

  24. snowpea84 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:29 AM

    There is no world in which drafting Luck is not the right move.

  25. jutts says: Nov 15, 2011 10:31 AM

    The Colts front office should be ashamed. What a Joke. From the top down.

  26. 6ball says: Nov 15, 2011 10:33 AM

    .

    Two games to circle on your calendars:

    December 4 Indy @ NE
    December 11 Indy @ Baltimore

    Back to Back Payback

    .

  27. istillbelieveinblue says: Nov 15, 2011 10:38 AM

    Do you conspiracy theorists really believe the Colts are intentionally tanking this season? Peyton is hurt. Melvin Bullit is out for the season, as is Gary Brackett. The O-Line has had to deal with many injuries and shuffling. The Colts are a veteran team with far too much pride to tank a season for a kid still in college.

  28. grpatriot says: Nov 15, 2011 10:41 AM

    Is their another Team that blatantly plays when they wanna play as the Colts??? Ah No!
    I knew Manning was the de facto O coor. but, never knew he was part of the front Office too!
    Reminds me of when they could ‘ve run the table…but decided not to? Taking late season games off…etc…Shouldn’t Polian/Irsay refund a large part, percentage of the cost for a season ticket? Go ahead and tank, but why should the customer(Season Ticket Holders) get left holding the bag?

  29. mightyleemoon says: Nov 15, 2011 10:46 AM

    Polian is simply realistic about what is happening with his team. Nobody is trying to tank it. You can bet your arse that the players themselves are doing everything they can to try and win some ball games. Same for the coach, who would like to remain employed in the NFL.

  30. dlmcc1010 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:48 AM

    I dont think they are intentionally losing. Alot of those guys are veterans and have too much pride.

    Colts should draft Luck and trade him for a boatload of picks. Why not? Peyton can come back 100% healthy next year and they would still lose because their defense is miserable. I never go by hype with QB’s. You just dont know for sure when drafting one.

    Plenty of teams out there have garbage QB’s and all it takes is one to offer a ton for him.

  31. stanklepoot says: Nov 15, 2011 10:51 AM

    You know, this whole suck for Luck conspiracy theory some of you are offering up would hold a little more water if we all didn’t see just how bad the Colts really are before even the Colts knew they were bad enough to get the first overall pick. Besides, other than playing really badly, what evidence is there of any suck for Luck strategy? The players aren’t going to go along with such a strategy because it would hurt their careers. So, any tanking would have to come from the front office. If they were trying to intentionally lose so they could draft Luck and rebuild, then why didn’t they trade away some of their vets like Wayne? They could have built up some more picks, and let Luck develop with younger receivers like Collie and Garcon…and whoever else the Colts drafted. That way, you’d reduce the odds of an accidental win, while at the same time clearing some cap space for the rebuilding to come. Since none of that has happened, it seems like the suck for Luck bit is more a hope amongst some fans and a curious idea for some talking heads. The reality, however, is that this Colts team is simply bad.

  32. killxswitch says: Nov 15, 2011 10:51 AM

    Polian said it so it probably isn’t true.

  33. bmwaldrop says: Nov 15, 2011 10:56 AM

    Everyone is acting like that if the Colts draft Luck then they’ll be as good as they were with Manning. But that’s not the case. Sure, Luck may be a good QB, but unless he gets a defense, a RB, an Oline, WR’s and coaches who know what they are doing, then Colts won’t be going anywhere.

    Manning is one of the few QB’s (perhaps the only??) in the league that could make a team this bad look good. With him, they would have won at least 8 games this year. If I’m Manning, I hope they cut me. No way he wins another Super Bowl with this supporting cast.

  34. killxswitch says: Nov 15, 2011 11:01 AM

    istillbelieveinblue says: Nov 15, 2011 10:38 AM

    Do you conspiracy theorists really believe the Colts are intentionally tanking this season? Peyton is hurt. Melvin Bullit is out for the season, as is Gary Brackett. The O-Line has had to deal with many injuries and shuffling. The Colts are a veteran team with far too much pride to tank a season for a kid still in college.
    ———-

    I doubt the players are tanking, but Polian made enough terrible roster and coaching (he absolutely controls Caldwell and his staff) moves that it seems like he’s probably trying to set his son up with Luck for the next decade+.

  35. brutus9448 says: Nov 15, 2011 11:06 AM

    do people actually think this colts team would be in the playoffs even with manning at the helm? Their oline is the biggest issue right now. manning would be running for his life.

  36. stanklepoot says: Nov 15, 2011 11:08 AM

    dlmcc1010 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:48 AM

    I dont think they are intentionally losing. Alot of those guys are veterans and have too much pride.

    Colts should draft Luck and trade him for a boatload of picks. Why not? Peyton can come back 100% healthy next year and they would still lose because their defense is miserable. I never go by hype with QB’s. You just dont know for sure when drafting one.

    Plenty of teams out there have garbage QB’s and all it takes is one to offer a ton for him.
    __________________________
    With all due respect to Peyton and the career he’s had to this point, the guy will be 36 next season and he’s coming off of his 3rd neck surgery in 2 years. This one comes with lingering nerve damage that is slower than expected to heal…even after the 2nd surgery for the same injury. No one can say for sure yet when/if Peyton is able to play again, and they certainly can’t say whether or not there will be any lingering nerve issues that could weaken his arm. So, if the Colts trade away the #1 pick, they’d be choosing to go with an aging QB who has developed serious physical issues the past couple of years and put him behind a bad O-line. Not exactly a move that would likely bode well for their future.

  37. jakek2 says: Nov 15, 2011 11:12 AM

    Prediction – Colts draft Luck and trade Manning to the Skins for their next five first round picks. That’s exactly how you parlay one crappy year into 15 more years of contending.

  38. mrgroovesd says: Nov 15, 2011 11:15 AM

    I think Manning knows his time is coming up regardless if he just signed a new contract. Manning IS this team, we can see them not winning without him in the line up. I think that this will be like the Aaron Rodgers/Brett Farve situation in GB where Rodgers developed under Farve but this time Manning will probably know it’s time a will retire only once.

  39. buffalodiehard says: Nov 15, 2011 11:16 AM

    I hope the NFL institutes a draft lottery at some point. I hate watching teams tank. You cannot find one move they’ve made roster-wise since Manning got hurt that indicates they REALLY want to win this year. As a fan of a team that actually has sucked for a long time I feel zero sorrow for the spoiled brats who will in all likelyhood will have a QB depth chart next year of 1. P. Manning 2. A. Luck.

  40. heyguru1969 says: Nov 15, 2011 11:19 AM

    Almost every analyst thinks Peyton will wind up coaching after his career, and he may be lining himself up as tutoring his heir-apparent, then starting as QB coach or Offensive Coordinator for Indy. He eventually wants the Head Coaching job as he gains experience, but it makes sense to stay within the organization you know best, with your own personal QB at the helm going forward.

  41. myeaglescantwin says: Nov 15, 2011 11:20 AM

    great that they have fully guaranteed Peytons contract.. That way, next season when he sits because of this injury, he can be the highest paid coach in the NFL.

    I love how Peyton constantly says that he will take less money to make the team better,, but then signs huge contracts that limits the teams spending to just him any chance he can.

    How can you give someone a contract like that without a full physical.. & then fully guarantee it?? i know people who have had that surgery, each has basically had to retire from a job with 10x less impact than playing football..
    This Peyton deal may very well be the single action that sends the colts into the NFL bottom rung for the next decade..

    Nice work Peyton.

  42. broomehandle says: Nov 15, 2011 11:22 AM

    To all you Colts fans holding up Suck for Luck signs the disrespect you give Manning by doing such things is embarrassing, everything he has done for your team and thats the respect you give him. You should all be embarrassed as fans.

  43. jimr10 says: Nov 15, 2011 11:32 AM

    It is hard to believe how many Manning haters there are…

  44. link49 says: Nov 15, 2011 11:39 AM

    The management for this organization throw the towel when they knew Peyton Manning had to sit down the entire season after surgery.

  45. nfloracle says: Nov 15, 2011 11:47 AM

    “Bill Polian wanted to give him like a $120M contract and Peyton rejected that, and took something like 95″

    The Oracle says, “Wow, that was sure big of Manning. And how much money is he getting paid this year for doing nothing?”

    How guys with this kind of business sense get to run football teams is beyond reason.

    Well, wait, we’re talking about an owner who spells “your” as “ur” so maybe it’s not beyond reason.

  46. clarencewhorley says: Nov 15, 2011 11:49 AM

    Why would Luck want to be a backup to Manning for even one year?

  47. nahcouldntbethat says: Nov 15, 2011 11:54 AM

    Andrew Luck would have to be insane to go to an 0-16 team, to play in Peyton Manning’s long shadow for a team that’s only been good because they had Peyton Manning.

    If I’m him and his dad I’m already figuring that what worked for John and Jack Elway and Eli and Archie Manning will work just fine for us.

  48. righthereisay says: Nov 15, 2011 12:02 PM

    Maybe Manning realizes he can maybe go to another team that is 90% done and make them a winner. He can clearly see that without him, that team…sucks. Why rebuild the Colts at this point in his career?

  49. 6ball says: Nov 15, 2011 12:06 PM

    .

    The team has a history of tanking games. Remember them losing their last two games with reserves after going 14-0 to start the season.

    Steelers fans remember It knocked them out of the playoffs.

    .

  50. thetooloftools says: Nov 15, 2011 12:06 PM

    Payton Manning may never take another snap in the NFL. Those neck injuries mean 1 big hit may not only end your career, but could put you in a wheel chair the rest of your life.
    I don’t think the risk is worth the reward.

  51. obithejedi says: Nov 15, 2011 12:10 PM

    Not sure why this is even a story. Does it seem realistic Manning will be the quarterback for the Colts for the rest of time? At some point the team would have to draft someone who will be the future of the franchise. Only question is what will happen if Andrew Luck can’t cut it in the NFL. Listening to the college football experts squee on a player doesn’t mean the guy will even start in the big leagues.

  52. jm91rs says: Nov 15, 2011 12:10 PM

    This is such a no brainer it shouldn’t even be discussed. Look at the teams that had backup plans (SanFran with Montana and Young, Green Bay with Favre and Rodgers), then look at the teams that rode their Franchise QBs all the way into retirement (Buffalo with Jim Kelly, Dallas with Aikman, Denver with Elway and Miami with Marino). Which team would you rather be?

    Draft luck, sit him for a year (if peyton is healthy). In year 2 if Luck is ready, trade peyton.

    If the Raiders gave up 2 high picks for Carson Palmer, someone will surely give up a 1 or 2 for 3-4 years of Peyton Manning.

  53. gs7101 says: Nov 15, 2011 12:10 PM

    I have to agree with other posters. It’s outrageous for any player on the Colts to say they are trying to win games — they are the biggest laughingstock of a team I’ve seen in years. Yes, they miss Peyton on offense tremendously; however, what about their sorry defense? Manning doesn’t play defense, so what’s their excuse on the other side of the ball? I wouldn’t want to play for a team that’s obviously tanking this year and not trying to win!

  54. yycfin says: Nov 15, 2011 12:15 PM

    The worst team in the leaguge should get relegated to the Arena league for a year. That would put an end to garbage Indy is pulling this year. What a shameful franchise already talking about the first pick eevne if it is in not so sutble terms. Where is Godell in all of this? Absolutely a total embarrasement to the NFL!

  55. rarson says: Nov 15, 2011 12:19 PM

    If I had the 0-16 Colts to look forward to when I was deciding to enter the draft, I’d stay in school. Or use a power play to get traded to a better team. There’s too many reasons why Luck might not play for the Colts to assume that he will just because they suck so bad.

  56. holdthemayo123 says: Nov 15, 2011 12:20 PM

    Caring what your QB has to say about personnel moves is part of the reason they are completely incompetent without him. What a lousy organization.

  57. icanspeel says: Nov 15, 2011 12:22 PM

    I don’t think the Colts are purposely tanking the season, but there is way too much talk about Luck and the #1 pick right now. NFL should adopt a lottery system for the top 5 picks so teams don’t get a guaranteed #1 pick if they decide it’s more worthwhile to lose.

  58. tqaztec says: Nov 15, 2011 12:38 PM

    I love it when a plan comes together!

    Colts get Luck and watches Manning for a season.

    Manning is traded to an NFC team in 2013. A team that loves having veteran QBs instead of developing their own. A team that Manning can promote since they are in a new city, LA!

    Welcome to the Vikings Peyton!!

  59. thingamajig says: Nov 15, 2011 12:38 PM

    Polian and Manning should have had that conversation a few years ago.

  60. rufustfireflyjr says: Nov 15, 2011 12:43 PM

    Being “OK with that” can have a wide range of meanings, from being enthusiastic about it to, “I won’t rip his guts out if you draft a QB and he comes within ten feet of me.” Regardless of what Polian says, you can’t tell me that Manning would not rather trade that no. 1 overall pick for the treasure trove of picks and/or players that it would bring, and make one last playoff push, than use it to draft his replacement.

  61. pastabelly says: Nov 15, 2011 12:44 PM

    southpaw2k says:
    Nov 15, 2011 10:25 AM
    So what do the Colts do if Luck doesn’t declare for the draft in January? Everyone is presuming he will leave school a year early for the NFL. He may have all the tools, but it’s no forgone conclusion he’s entering the draft.
    ================================

    And that is why I gave you a thumbs up. Luck has another year of eligibility and could either force a deal or stay in school. What is the difference between staying in school, playing another year with a huge insurance policy, and sitting on the bench behind Manning for who knows how many years? If Manning is healthy, there is no reason he’s not the starter in Indy for the next 3-4 years. This is a tough situation for Indy.

  62. pastabelly says: Nov 15, 2011 12:49 PM

    istillbelieveinblue says:
    Nov 15, 2011 10:38 AM
    Do you conspiracy theorists really believe the Colts are intentionally tanking this season? Peyton is hurt. Melvin Bullit is out for the season, as is Gary Brackett. The O-Line has had to deal with many injuries and shuffling. The Colts are a veteran team with far too much pride to tank a season for a kid still in college.
    ================================
    Most of us don’t believe the Colts players are trying to lose. But management and ownership have not made any effort to salvage the season. They signed a retired over-the-hill quarterback while a decent David Garrard was available. The division is so poor that it’s always winnable. Now Houston doesn’t have a quarterback. Polian really had no interest in this season once Manning went down.

  63. lance227 says: Nov 15, 2011 12:51 PM

    Re: Are the Colts tanking? One very simple question: Why haven’t they brought in a quality QB since Collins went down? Dan Orlovsky? OK now they’ve got the unintentional safety play covered. 14-0 to 0-10 in two short years? Hmmm….just saying.

  64. Marc says: Nov 15, 2011 12:51 PM

    clarencewhorley says: Nov 15, 2011 11:49 AM

    Why would Luck want to be a backup to Manning for even one year?

    —————————————————–

    Why not? Holding the clipboard for a few seasons worked out fine for Aaron Rodgers.

  65. baous says: Nov 15, 2011 1:02 PM

    Whoa, whoa, whoaaaa. The Colts didn’t Suck 4 Luck. They just Suck. This team would have at least 6 wins right now if Manning were playing. This is pretty much the same team that went 10-6 last year, sans Manning. Not their fault Manning was injured, they built a team that would thrive with Manning and fail without. Manning’s been durable his entire career, just this one year he’s been out. This could’ve happened any year, just dumb luck it happened when Luck was coming out.

  66. rufustfireflyjr says: Nov 15, 2011 1:04 PM

    Under normal circumstances, I agree that players should play and GMs should GM, and never the twain should meet. But this is far from a normal circumstance. If you are considering drafting a replacement for the unquestioned leader of, and best player on, your team, and you want that player to mentor the replacement, as the Colts undoubtedly would like to have happen, it only makes sense to find out what the player thinks about that before you decide what to do with the pick, and with the player.

    And it’s totally mindless for some folks to trash an organization that has registered double-digit wins every year for most of the last decade, and that has been run, and is now advised, by a guy (Bill Polian)who built Super Bowl teams with three franchises (Buffalo, Carolina and Indy), and who has forgotten more about running an NFL team than anyone who posts here will ever know.

  67. nflofficeadmin says: Nov 15, 2011 1:07 PM

    It will be Manning to the Redskins.
    Luck with have the horseshoe on his helmet.

  68. 2ndaryinsanity says: Nov 15, 2011 1:17 PM

    #1 there’s a problem if the Colts’ front office feels like they need to get approval from ANY player when it comes to their draft strategy. #2 Manning can say whatever he wants, but doesn’t exactly have a track record when it comes to doing what’s best for the team. #3 the Colts’ only have themselves to blame if they can’t afford Manning and the number one pick in the draft…they gave him a huge new contract before Manning could even throw a football.

  69. bozosforall says: Nov 15, 2011 1:32 PM

    pastabelly says:
    Nov 15, 2011 12:49 PM
    istillbelieveinblue says:
    Nov 15, 2011 10:38 AM
    Do you conspiracy theorists really believe the Colts are intentionally tanking this season? Peyton is hurt. Melvin Bullit is out for the season, as is Gary Brackett. The O-Line has had to deal with many injuries and shuffling. The Colts are a veteran team with far too much pride to tank a season for a kid still in college.
    ================================
    Most of us don’t believe the Colts players are trying to lose. But management and ownership have not made any effort to salvage the season. They signed a retired over-the-hill quarterback while a decent David Garrard was available. The division is so poor that it’s always winnable. Now Houston doesn’t have a quarterback. Polian really had no interest in this season once Manning went down.

    __
    Garrard had season-ending back surgery, Pats fan idiot.

  70. packerfan12 says: Nov 15, 2011 1:44 PM

    Of course he’s fine with them going another way, why wouldn’t he be? He has put this team on his back for how many years now? He may want to take over a team that has a chance to win it all, and he would make them instantly better.

  71. gmen1987 says: Nov 15, 2011 2:02 PM

    obithejedi says:
    Nov 15, 2011 12:10 PM
    Not sure why this is even a story. Does it seem realistic Manning will be the quarterback for the Colts for the rest of time? At some point the team would have to draft someone who will be the future of the franchise. Only question is what will happen if Andrew Luck can’t cut it in the NFL. Listening to the college football experts squee on a player doesn’t mean the guy will even start in the big leagues.

    ————————————————–
    You take your chance with Luck if you have the 1st pick. He has the least chance of failure of any QB prospect in a long time. Luck is better than Curtis Painter already. You don’t go around chasing after other teams rejects like Miami has done since Marino retired.

  72. freddyfreeloader says: Nov 15, 2011 2:22 PM

    snowpea84 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:29 AM

    There is no world in which drafting Luck is not the right move.
    _________________________

    That is an overstatement. This is, by all accounts, one of the deepest qb classes in recent history. Luck is the consensus top-prospect, but there are a handful of other guys that could have great NFL careers. Given the depth and breadth of the Colts needs (which is evident with Peyton on the sidelines), one could reasonably argue that trading the top pick for a couple of 1st-rounders and a handful of 2d/3d round picks makes a lot of sense for this team.

  73. forthelove says: Nov 15, 2011 2:23 PM

    southpaw2k says:
    Nov 15, 2011 10:25 AM
    So what do the Colts do if Luck doesn’t declare for the draft in January? Everyone is presuming he will leave school a year early for the NFL. He may have all the tools, but it’s no forgone conclusion he’s entering the draft.
    — — —
    Yes, it is. He redshirted his freshman year. Been in school 4 years, ready to graduate and he’s even said himself 4 years in school is enough.

    My question is if Carson is worth a 1 and a 2 (MAYBE two 1s), how much is Manning worth…?

  74. freddyfreeloader says: Nov 15, 2011 2:29 PM

    stanklepoot says: Nov 15, 2011 11:08 AM

    …So, if the Colts trade away the #1 pick, they’d be choosing to go with an aging QB who has developed serious physical issues the past couple of years and put him behind a bad O-line. Not exactly a move that would likely bode well for their future.
    _______________________

    I think any theories about draft maneuvering are necessarily predicated on the Colts’ having an opportunity to evaluate Manning’s health prior to the trades. Obviously, if Manning can’t go, the Colts need to commit to the best qb available… i.e. Luck. Although, I’m not sure that I don’t like a couple of other qb’s better, and the Colts could get a windfall by trading the #1 overall.

  75. freddyfreeloader says: Nov 15, 2011 2:33 PM

    clarencewhorley says: Nov 15, 2011 11:49 AM

    Why would Luck want to be a backup to Manning for even one year?
    _________________________

    If you don’t know the answer to this, then you must not follow the game very closely.

  76. jasonfinfan says: Nov 15, 2011 2:33 PM

    You take your chance with Luck if you have the 1st pick. He has the least chance of failure of any QB prospect in a long time. Luck is better than Curtis Painter already. You don’t go around chasing after other teams rejects like Miami has done since Marino retired.

    —————————————
    Unfortunately some POS franchise is unequivocally tanking their season so we dont have that luxury of drafting that surefire prospect. The players may not be tanking but if the owners tell the coaches to make sure not to win any games or your fired what will you do?Draw up some of the worst game planning and stick with your crappy players ( Painter)

    The Colts should have their games cancelled for the rest of the year and be forced to play Appalachian State,Western Illinois,etc At least It would be funny to watch them beat the colts 28-3 every week.

    Seroiusly institute a draft Lotto and move the colts to the Canadian Football league for 3 years as punishment.

  77. freddyfreeloader says: Nov 15, 2011 2:36 PM

    jm91rs says: Nov 15, 2011 12:10 PM

    This is such a no brainer it shouldn’t even be discussed. Look at the teams that had backup plans (SanFran with Montana and Young, Green Bay with Favre and Rodgers), then look at the teams that rode their Franchise QBs all the way into retirement (Buffalo with Jim Kelly, Dallas with Aikman, Denver with Elway and Miami with Marino). Which team would you rather be?

    Draft luck, sit him for a year (if peyton is healthy). In year 2 if Luck is ready, trade peyton.

    If the Raiders gave up 2 high picks for Carson Palmer, someone will surely give up a 1 or 2 for 3-4 years of Peyton Manning.
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    I agree with you for the most part, but I probably wouldn’t bank on finding another team as dumb as the Raiders.

  78. nathanbetz91 says: Nov 15, 2011 6:46 PM

    why not make Manning a coach if you have to ask his permission to draft a quarterback

  79. aboveaveragejoe11 says: Nov 15, 2011 9:06 PM

    I’ve never been so embarrassed to be a Colts fan. Here we have the team President openly discussing drafting a player in NEXT year’s draft. A draft that is several months away. With SIX games left to play. Polian should be concerned with so many other things before who to draft, not the least of which is winning a game THIS SEASON. How shameful to admit that you’re so comfortable with the idea of being the worst team in the NFL.

    I tell you another thing Polian should be considering: retirement. Or taking your family act to another organization. I don’t care how many Executive of The Year Awards you’ve won, I will remember how you encouraged NOT trying to win, not trying to go 16-0, and now embracing the loser mentality. Your reputation is forever tarnished in my eyes and in the eyes of many Colts fans. Begone.

  80. charger383 says: Nov 15, 2011 10:43 PM

    Manning wants a good young QB when he takes over as coach

  81. popolover says: Nov 16, 2011 11:23 PM

    While you are at Stanford Bill, you might as well visit with your other son, Brian, who just happens to be a coach there!!!!

    Again, why isn’t the GM, Chrisissy, putting out the press conferences?????

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