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Arians hints Colts will play with new quarterback in 2012

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In public, the Colts have been mostly tight lipped about Peyton Manning’s future since the season ended. Owner Jim Irsay initially insisted Manning would remain a Colt if healthy, though he’s gradually backed off that stance. Ultimately, Irsay has made no commitment either way while being as evasive about Manning’s 2012 whereabouts as humanly possible.

Newly hired offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was more forthcoming about Manning than Irsay has ever been in an item posted on the Colts’ website Wednesday. When reading Arians’ quotes, keep in mind that he was the Colts’ quarterbacks coach from 1998 through 2000 and is returning to the organization after 11 years away.

“It’s like deja vu like in 1998, starting off with a new general manager, a new head coach, and a new quarterback,” said Arians. “It was so exciting to watch that process grow into what it has become.”

Arians seems to be of the impression that the Colts are in a full, top-to-bottom rebuild. And that rebuild includes a quarterback change. Later in the Colts.com article, Arian backtracked a bit.

“Hopefully we have Peyton (Manning) back — I have my fingers crossed — but possibly starting with another young one, it’s really exciting,” Arians said.

It’s no secret by now that the Colts expect to move on from Manning. Arians knows it; he’s openly “excited” about it. According to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, new G.M. Ryan Grigson knew about it “weeks ago.”

Arians is just the only one who has come close to saying it.

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35 Responses to “Arians hints Colts will play with new quarterback in 2012”
  1. rcali says: Feb 1, 2012 3:45 PM

    Wh0 wants to remind Bruce that most highly rated QB’s picked in the first round become nothing more than average at best and their teams never dig out of hole they dug themselves?

  2. jmagnet28 says: Feb 1, 2012 3:46 PM

    And in other breaking news: The Ryan brothers love waffles.

  3. rezdawg says: Feb 1, 2012 3:47 PM

    Arians has never coached Manning…so its a new QB for him.

    I wouldnt read that much into the comments, even if Peyton is toast as a Colt.

  4. rbirving says: Feb 1, 2012 3:48 PM

    Silly.

    Regardless of what Peyton does, they will be working with a new QB. Andrew Luck. Whether or not that’s the starting QB is yet to be seen.

  5. mikeeg says: Feb 1, 2012 3:48 PM

    Isn’t thi a no brainer already? Lets move forward, people..

  6. pape27 says: Feb 1, 2012 3:51 PM

    So Peyton, how’s it feel having the Colts stick another dagger in your back?

    Sign with Tenn or Jax next year and get a chance to rip the Colts up twice a year!

  7. zeedoubleyou says: Feb 1, 2012 3:54 PM

    @rezdawg

    Arians was Peyton’s QB coach for 3 years

  8. citizenstrange says: Feb 1, 2012 3:55 PM

    I bet Andrew Luck in his first year will have the Colts better than 21st in scoring offense.

    GO STEELERS!

  9. drabelincoln says: Feb 1, 2012 3:56 PM

    I hope Colts fans enjoy seeing the same freaking bubble screen play that goes for 2 yards, run 15 times a game.

    Thats Arians offense in a nutshell.

    Oh and no fullback…..TE’s lining up to block in the backfield.

  10. kleppnasty says: Feb 1, 2012 4:04 PM

    If he had said “rookie QB” then you sort of have a story. But Arians is new to the Colts, and unless Big Ben is traded to the Colts, he has to obviously has a “new QB” whether it’s Luck or Manning.

  11. profootballwalk says: Feb 1, 2012 4:09 PM

    And they wonder why Belichick doesn’t talk. Keep your pie-hole shut and you can’t contradict yourself.

  12. sojumaster says: Feb 1, 2012 4:11 PM

    rezdawg says:Feb 1, 2012 3:47 PM

    Arians has never coached Manning…so its a new QB for him.

    I wouldnt read that much into the comments, even if Peyton is toast as a Colt.

    ——————————

    Ummmmm ….. “When reading Arians’ quotes, keep in mind that he was the Colts’ quarterbacks coach from 1998 through 2000 ”

    Peyton was their starting QB in 98-00…..

    Maybe you you need to re-read your own comments ….

  13. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Feb 1, 2012 4:14 PM

    Move along, its already done, welcome to Texas Peyton, have fun ripping apart the Colts while you finish your hall of fame career.

  14. sundayisthebestday says: Feb 1, 2012 4:15 PM

    rezdawg says: Feb 1, 2012 3:47 PM

    Arians has never coached Manning…
    —————————————————–

    Actually, he has. He was employed by the Colts before he worked for the Steelers.

  15. omystyles says: Feb 1, 2012 4:15 PM

    Drafting a QB number 1 overall is a flip of the coin at best. For all the Elways, Aikmans, Mannings – there are just as many Georges, Couchs and Carrs. Obviously Andrew Luck has everything you could ever ask for from a College QB entering the NFL, but I would cool down the excitement a splash there Indy…… You have had a First Ballot Hall of Fame QB who played at a level over the last 10 years that is second to none in the history of the NFL. From last years embarassment of a season the point was driven home 14 times (through brutal losses) that Peyton covered up the Colts lack of talent for almost a decade.

    Wipe off the smiles Arians and hope like hell that Andrew Luck is 75% of what Peyton Manning was. Oh and I have a feeling Mr. Manning may be printing off some of these quotes and remembering them as he throws one TD after another in a different uniform next year.

  16. fissels says: Feb 1, 2012 4:16 PM

    Why not just say it? So long Mr Manning, hello Mr Luck

  17. pghguyy says: Feb 1, 2012 4:18 PM

    Bruce obviously isbt the brightest bulb. He hets fired has the chance to go out with dignety and blew that secret to the press to.

  18. trbowman says: Feb 1, 2012 4:20 PM

    No, really? Didn’t know.

    Yeah, everyone knows they are drafting Andrew Luck. There’s never even been a question

  19. shotgunformation5wide says: Feb 1, 2012 4:20 PM

    Nobody coached Manning …. he was the QB, OC and QB coach. He is to the offense as Deion Sanders was to the defense …. he let you concentrate your coaching on other things. That’s why they brought in Dungy to shore up the defense.

    FYI – if he did coach the QB’s in Indy ….. what happened to the others … i.e. Jim Sorgi and other nameless hopefuls?

    Come to the Steelers Peyton (as O.C. …. we need what’s inside that head!!!

  20. trbowman says: Feb 1, 2012 4:20 PM

    And no, Robert Griffin is not a threat to go first overall over Luck. So we can stop acting like that’s a possibility, too.

  21. ozz2012 says: Feb 1, 2012 4:20 PM

    rezdawg: Arians has never coached Manning…so its a new QB for him.
    ——

    Uhm. Bruce Arians was the Colts QB coach from ’98-2000.

    The “new QB” he was talking about IS Manning.

  22. conbro8 says: Feb 1, 2012 4:23 PM

    Jesus… this site could be told “Peyton Manning will be a Colt in 2012″ by Irsay and Peyton themselves, and they would still end the article with something like “it is no secret that the Colts plan to move on from Manning next season”. What a joke this site is.

  23. therebelknight says: Feb 1, 2012 4:25 PM

    Rezdawg said

    Arians has never coached Manning…so its a new QB for him.

    I wouldnt read that much into the comments, even if Peyton is toast as a Colt.

    In the post it says he was his QB coach from 98 to 2000.

    If anything Arians should improve our running game which will help any QB.

  24. Deb says: Feb 1, 2012 4:29 PM

    When BA left Pittsburgh, I was blasted for politely suggesting he should be careful about running his mouth too much with his new employers. Hello? Didn’t take him long to prove my point.

    It doesn’t matter if “everyone knows” they’re drafting Andrew Luck. It’s common sense not to vomit all your plans to the press. But common sense isn’t necessarily BA’s strong suit when it comes to play-calling, reining in a prima donna QB, or letting his tongue gallop three yards ahead of his brain.

  25. stevebozeman says: Feb 1, 2012 4:32 PM

    Ummmm…I thought he RETIRED. Guess the Steelers godly owner does know how to fire someone. Rooney is so perfect though how did he ever make a mistake. I guess his QBs character doesn’t bother him at all….Just not scoring enough points.

  26. horatio69 says: Feb 1, 2012 4:33 PM

    Arians just demonstrated the mental ineptitude that frustrated Steelers fans have been familiar with for YEARS! He just played Irsay’s hand…way to go Bruce!

  27. orcheon says: Feb 1, 2012 4:45 PM

    Wh0 wants to remind Bruce that most highly rated QB’s picked in the first round become nothing more than average at best and their teams never dig out of hole they dug themselves?

    ———————————————————

    17 1st-round quarterbacks were the opening day starter last season. That number does not include Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder, Carson Palmer , Jake Locker, Vince Young or Tim Tebow, each of whom took over the starting role (Matt Leinart did as well, but it was for about 30 minutes) during the season. Another 3 (Kolb, Dalton, Brees) were picked very early in the second round. It also doesn’t include the injured Peyton Manning.

    The only quarterbacks who you could argue were truly late picks that came out of nowhere are Brady, Romo, Hasselback, Fitzpatrick and Cassel, only one of which is elite. Only one mid-round pick, Matt Schaub, has been successful.

    Is it sometimes difficult to determine who will be Peyton Manning and who will be Ryan Leaf? Yes. But if you are looking for the next Tom Brady in the 5th and 6th rounds, you’re more likely to end up with Dan Orlovsky than Matt Flynn.

  28. chadmurdigan says: Feb 1, 2012 4:57 PM

    “Arians is just the only one who’s come close to saying it.”

    Oh, baloney… I’ve been saying it here in the comment section since Manning’s secret trip to Europe for that experimental stem cell procedure. Anybody with three brain cells knows the Colts aren’t going to spend $28,000,000 on an old QB with major neck issues. There is no story here.

  29. upyoursnfu says: Feb 1, 2012 5:20 PM

    There goes Arians thinking he’s the head coach again

  30. cwubz says: Feb 1, 2012 5:40 PM

    Peyton to the Cowboys…That would create a buzz. I despise the Cowboys but that would be a major storyline…Might have to create a 24 hour network just for that…Just throwing it out there!!!

  31. golonger says: Feb 1, 2012 6:30 PM

    Manning is done……….im done with all this bs hype!

  32. gmen1987 says: Feb 1, 2012 7:38 PM

    I love how you idiots think Peyton is going to be playing for your team next year. The only role Peyton would be helpful to your team next year is the role of ball boy.

  33. msadpoet says: Feb 1, 2012 7:38 PM

    Ultimate senario: Colts cut Manning and then Luck pulls an Eli and refuses to play in Indy.

  34. Deb says: Feb 1, 2012 9:02 PM

    Censors, Ben Roethlisberger was accused of rape by a woman whose medical exam showed she didn’t even have intercourse, which is why no charges were filed. And he was sued in civil court by a woman who texted all over the place that she wanted to see him again. Please tell me why it’s fine and dandy for stevebozeman and every other clown on PFT to damn him for events that never occurred but not okay for me to ask about the rape suit against Colts player Eric Foster? Bit of a double standard where Steelers players are concerned, wouldn’t you say?

  35. gnutella0 says: Feb 3, 2012 1:51 AM

    Awesome, now Bruce Arians gets to arrest Andrew Luck’s development. And yeah, I know that he coached Peyton Manning, but he was just the QB coach; he wasn’t designing or calling the plays. There’s a big difference. Arians might be fine as a QB coach, but he failed as an offensive coordinator. There’s a reason why the Steelers chose not to renew his contract.

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