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Why are the Colts Considering Luck?

Updated on October 23, 2011

It's time for someone who lives in Indianapolis to vent a little. I grew up a Cleveland Browns fan, but when they were taken away from me and moved to Baltimore, I became a Colts fan. The Colts went through some rough seasons before drafting Peyton Manning with the first overall pick in the draft. Since then Manning has led the Colts to more victories than any other quarterback in the NFL during that time span. He has been the "face" of the NFL and a class act under every circumstance he's faced. Now Manning is hurt and the media is calling for the Colts to trade him and draft Andrew Luck from Stanford in April. Allow me to explain why this is not the answer for the Colts.

For starters, let me state the obvious; Andrew Luck is not Peyton Manning. No one will ever be! Do Colts fans really think this kid will come in and orchestrate a two minute offense like Peyton, manipulating defenses and changing plays at the line of scrimmage? I'm only 32 years old, and I'm not sure if I'll ever see another Peyton Manning in my lifetime. He is a once in a lifetime type of quarterback and they can't expect someone to come in and pick up where he left off. This team has so many holes, Colts fans are considering wearing Green Bay Cheese Heads to the games because the team looks like Swiss cheese.

Curtis Painter is currently the 7th ranked QB in the NFL and seems like a legitimate starter, despite not having a running game or capable offensive line. They've drafted running backs fairly high but none of them have panned out since Edgerrin James. They have a number of talented receivers in Dallas Clark, Pierre Garcon, Reggie Wayne, and Austin Collie. On offense, the major problems are offensive line play and no running game, it's not the quarterback position, especially if Manning is able to come back next season.

Defensively this team is awful. They are small and fast, built to play with a lead. The problem is they haven't led and even when they did against the Chiefs, the defense blew the game. The corners are slow and not very physical, and the linebackers are young and inexperienced. The defensive line is small and cannot stop the run. Cutting Tommie Harris blew my mind before the season started. He's a big, strong guy that could have been a force up front for them, but they decided to part ways before his career ever started in Indianapolis.

This takes me to the Colts next problem, the coaching staff. Tony Dungy could pull off the silent approach and not showing emotion on the sideline, but Caldwell just looks like he doesn't have a clue what's going on at any point during the game. It's like he has not interest in what's happening. Irsay and Polian would be smart to get rid of him at the end of the year and go after Bill Cowher. He's expressed interest in getting back into the NFL as long as the situation is a good one and he can win. I think he can do that in Indianapolis. He would definitely turn this poor defense around and give this team a heart. Let's face it, Peyton Manning was the coach of this team and without him at the helm, the Colts are lost.

As I write this the Colts are getting beat 48-7 by the Saints. Drew Brees has thrown five touchdowns, which is more than the incomplete passes he's thrown in the game. This defense is awful. They don't play physical, they have no heart, and they can't stop anyone. It looks like they're going to be granted the top pick (at least top three) so they would be smart to trade down and stock pile picks and rebuild this defense. They need a run stuffing nose tackle, a shut down corner, and some solid linebackers. All they have now is Gary Brackett who is hurt.

I really hope Bill Polian makes the right decision at the end of the season, because the people that live in Indianapolis are counting on you to build this team back to the power house we've been for so many years.

Do You Think The Colts Should Draft Andrew Luck?

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      bobby 6 years ago

      why would you want Luck to sit on the sidelines for 3 years?

      he is a great talent he needs to go to a Team that will play him right away

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      Manny2437 6 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      I dont think Luck should be started over Manning by any means next season, but I think it would be a good idea in the long term, especially if he sits the bench a few years and learns the leauge rather than get thrown in the fire as a rookie. That's why I feel a lot of young quarterbacks fail.

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      Bigpayno 6 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      These are all good points. It's always a gamble taking a QB early because you are wagering the franchise on a guy that hasn't proven anything in the league and may end up being the next Ryan Lief, JeMarcus Russel, Tim Couch, David Carr, etc. I could go on all day with this list. All I get to see living in Indy is highlights of Luck so I can't observe a full game and how he responds to adversity until they play Notre Dame this season. Maybe I will change my mind, but for right now, I'm sticking with Painter behind Manning and building a solid core before putting the franchise on the back of a rookie. Even with Manning back, that defense has to get better for them to be competitive. If Manning is back to form next year, you have a good four years to get another Super Bowl or two out of him, so why not improve the team. Either way you're going to be rebuilding once he's gone.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      I say, go for Luck, and be willing to let him sit the pine until Manning decides to call it. Let him learn from one of the best. Steve Young did it behind Montana. Danny White did it behind Staubach.

      You are right there will never be another Manning, but the likes of Luck are few and far between. I say grab him while you can.

      I'm pretty sure this won't happen, but just in case Bill Polian gives me a call to ask my advice, I am ready! lol

      Great hub!


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      Manny2437 6 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      I think its a great move, I call it the Green Bay Packer effect. Let Manning finish his carreer in Indy and when he gets to movin on there will be luck, and a few more superbowls with him. Everything happens for a reason, maybe this is why Manning had to sit this season.

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      CWSuzukiRider167 6 years ago from Langeloth,PA

      im a steelers fan and although i like roethlisberger more than manning i respect the hell outta peyton hes without a doubt the greatest qb the game has ever seen

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      Bigpayno 6 years ago from Indianapolis, Indiana

      I know that Manning can't play forever but this "team" in general is bad. They wouldn't have won last night if Manning was playing. He's not giving up 62 points. That defense is terrible. They look like their head coach, dead with no emotion. They lose players on defense every year and now have no one that can really contribute outside of Bathea, Freeney, and Mathis. And those two guys listed last can only rush the passer, they can't stop the run. Ultimately they will need a franchise QB that Manning can groom, if he comes back. I say trade the pick, get some defensive players and take one of the other highly rated quarterbacks that are probably going to be just as good as Luck at the next level. Whether we like it or not, we are missing a lot of pieces in Indy outside of that QB position and unless they want to start a total rebuilding process, they shouldn't draft Luck. That's just my thought.

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      Hey I am a fan of the Colts because of Peyton Manning...I liked him in college and followed him to the Colts. The last 13 years before this one...have been great years...and Manning put the Colts among the best franchises in football. But...Peyton's contract only has 4 years left after this year...and now health is a serious concern. I say draft Andrew Luck...he goes the Aaron Rodgers path to success...understudy under one of the best QBs the NFL has ever seen...and take over for Manning in 2014 or 2015. And if Luck is as good as many think he is....he will help keep the Colts on top. And finally....if the people that want Manning traded think the Colts can get great value for a 36 year old QB, coming off multiple neck injures, and earning 23 million a year..then they are crazy....Manning will retire as Colt.

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      Mazlan 6 years ago from Malaysia


      Wow..joined 3weeks and already 20hubs!!! That's fantastic. I joined 2weeks ago and got only 2hubs! Now proofreading my 3rd hub.

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      Mamba79 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      The Colts have no choice but to draft Andrew Luck. The best quarterback in the draft to learn under the best quarterback unit his injury. Unfortunately, Peyton Manning is close to retirement and with his serious neck injury, I believe he should retire to avoid further injury or take another season to recover. Neck injuries are very serious. Manning is a great career and doesn't need to rish further injury.