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Colts eyeing Manning successor or just a backup?

Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:18 am
Edited on: April 5, 2011 10:33 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Curtis Painter isn't the most popular fella in Indianapolis. Sure, if he's in a game it's usually because the Colts are blowing out an opposing team, but occasionally, it's because they're giving up on the dream of a perfect season. Or, worst case, Peyton Manning's hurt.

And it appears that in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Colts will be seeking to find some backup competition for Painter. Or, possibly, a successor for Manning?

Andy Dalton could be that guy, as Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star notes, and that would explain why Chris Polian and Jim Caldwell put him through a private workout on Monday.

Or maybe not -- the Colts might simply want to use a early-to-mid-round pick on a quarterback that can be more effective than Painter. After all, Manning isn't exactly young (35), even if he doesn't ever miss football games.

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It is interesting, though, that the Colts would consider using an early pick on a backup quarterback in a season where teams are pretty desperate for signal callers; if they're simply looking to find a backup quarterback, there are cheaper options that might work more logically from the perspective of this draft class and team needs.

So it's possible that Dalton, a four-year starter at TCU who went 42-7 in college, is someone they've targeted as the poor guy who'll start for Indy right after Manning quarterback of the franchise's future.

And because many teams will be taking quarterbacks early -- Cam Newton, Blaine Gabbert, Jake Locker, Ryan Mallett and Christian Ponder all figure to get drafted before Dalton -- there's a reasonable shot that Indianapolis can get him on the cheap.

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Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:40 pm
 

Colts eyeing Manning successor or just a backup?

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Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: April 7, 2011 10:29 pm
 

Colts eyeing Manning successor or just a backup?

Dalton would be a good pick.



Since: Apr 25, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:06 am
 

Colts eyeing Manning successor or just a backup?

Yep - good thought. Another I wonder about is Tolzien. I'm a Texans fan, so I hope Indy screws this one up. BUT I think the Texans need to be doing the same thing & go after a future QB (I'd like them to get one of these two guys for QB of future). ...I recall watching a no name out of Michigan many years ago; I'm no Big 10 fan - but I think that Wisconsin kid can play.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 9:42 am
 

Colts eyeing Manning successor or just a backup?

I agree with this move as lng as every other need is addressed first. Like O-line and interior D-line. Don't waste any more early picks like last years defensive end drafting (Hughes) Polian. O-line has needed addressed for years and if it isn't this year Manning will get hurt. If there is even a season this year.



Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 8:37 pm
 

Colts eyeing Manning successor or just a backup?

Dalton is a great QB, and i think the colts would be making a smart selection to replace manning



Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2011 2:16 pm
 

Colts eyeing Manning successor or just a backup?

I don't believe Manning has had a capable backup all the years he has played for the Colts.  He is getting older and signing a good talented QB and bringing him along slowly is the smart thing to do.  Look at what the 49'ers did with Montana and Young.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2011 9:49 am
 

Colts eyeing Manning successor or just a backup?

Maybe the Colts would be better served trying to find a diamond in the rough for free,(or nearly free), like a McElroy, Taylor Potts or Jerrod Johnson?
I think that's what they were going for when they picked up guys like Sorgi and Painter in the 6th rounds of drafts.  It hasn't panned out.  Although I should point out that Painter had no business being drafted by any team... his inconsistency and nervousness in the pocket under pressure got him benched for multi-game stretches several times in his last couple of years in college.  If you can't hold down the starting spot securely at a mediocre Big Ten program, you really aren't likely to be NFL material.  As a Purdue fan, I watched him play all the time.  I never understood why anyone considered him a prospect.

As for the other question, I don't think Peyton's replacement will be groomed to exactly take over what Peyton does.  It may be the same offense, but I doubt his replacement will be given the autonomy to do all of the at-line adjustments, game planning, and play calling that Peyton does.  More likely the OC will take most of those responsibilities back, so the new guy just has to play.  Also, I think they'll try to balance out the run/pass play calls and other such adjustments to fit the new guy better.

Realistically though, I think when Manning retires, the team will need a significant overhaul.  Our undersized but quick line is designed entirely for pass protection (thus our running struggles most years), and we draft RBs largely for that skill as well.  Our defense is based predominantly on speed as well, again assuming that Manning will get a lead and we'll be playing largely against the pass.  Those types of bold assumptions can't be made about his successor (or perhaps even him as he gets older).  At some point, the team will eventually have to balance out with the running game on both sides of the ball.  That's likely going to require quite a few new (i.e. bigger/stronger) guys on the front lines when the time comes.



Since: Apr 3, 2011
Posted on: April 6, 2011 9:28 am
 

Colts eyeing Manning successor or just a backup?

It seems to make perfect sense to find a backup for Manning, odds are against his injury-free existance continuing forever. One must wonder, though, just how long would a backup carry a clipboard before being familiar enough with the offense to actually replace Manning? Is it even possible to replace him or is he, as some say, a "once in a lifetime" type player? Maybe Dalton can grow into the role and maybe not, but Painter isn't the answer, that's for sure. Maybe the Colts would be better served trying to find a diamond in the rough for free,(or nearly free), like a McElroy, Taylor Potts or Jerrod Johnson?



Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: April 6, 2011 7:14 am
 

Colts eyeing Manning successor or just a backup?

painter blows, lets hope we got a good oline, dline, pray that manning blesses us with at least 3 more yrs in pick up a qb next draft. we got toooooo many issues to be thinking about wasting a draft pick on a qb right now...lets keep manning up right 1st then go from there. 


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