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Dungy concerned about the Colts' playoff chances

Posted on: September 6, 2011 12:56 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2011 12:58 pm
 
Tony Dungy on the Colts' playoff chances: “I would say no, because I would be concerned about Peyton Manning.” (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson


We just saw this tweet from the National Football Post's Andrew Brandt: "Colts spending about $32 million on quarterback position in 2011. Redskins spending about $2 million."

This falls squarely in the category of "You get what you pay for," with the caveat that what you're paying for isn't injured. For Indianapolis, that's a huge problem right now. Peyton Manning, who hasn't missed a start since 1998 (a span of 208 games), back when Bill Clinton was president and cell phones were the size of iPads, is in real danger of doing just that come Sunday when the Colts face division rival Houston.

Indianapolis signed Kerry Collins last month in case Manning, whose recovery from offseason neck surgery has taken longer than anybody expected, wasn't ready to start the season. With Manning's status now a week-to-week issue, former Colts head coach Tony Dungy has real concerns that Indianapolis will even make the playoffs. This is a team that has qualified for the postseason 11 of the last 12 seasons, with Manning starting every game along the way.

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“I would say no (the Colts won't make the playoffs), because I would be concerned about Peyton Manning,” Dungy said on the Dan Patrick Show Tuesday, according to PFT.com. “Just the fact that he may miss one game tells me that this is fairly serious.”

The Colts have Manning listed as "doubtful" for the Texans game, which means there's roughly a 25 percent chance he plays. CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman translates: "No way in hell" Manning will be on the field.

We joked on Monday's Pick-6 Podcast that the Colts are a perennial playoff team with Manning, a seven-win outfit with Collins, and would be lucky to win four games with Curtis Painter. (Upside: a 4-12 record would would perfectly positioned them in the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes which, honestly, is something the organization is going to have address much sooner than they planned.)

But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves here. Manning's still on the team and will be on the field at some point soon. The problem: no one can pinpoint the date. And that, ultimately, will decide the fate for this team in 2011.

“I think it all depends on Peyton Manning,” Dungy said. “If he misses a lot of time I think it’s going to be very difficult for them to make it. If he misses one or two games, I think they still will win the division.”

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Comments

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: September 6, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Dungy concerned about the Colts' playoff chances

Basically everyone is saying Collins is not going to be the Colt's savior.
Actually, it's worth pointing out that everyone is saying Collins will do anything at all...

Nobody from the Colts organization has named a starter for this weekend, but Painter has continued to get the first-team reps since Collins' signing, and as of today, Painter is still listed ahead of Collins on the Colts official website depth chart.

I'm not knocking Collins in terms of talent, but he has a boatload of catching up to do on a complicated, timing-based offense.  If the choices are Painter or an underprepared Collins, then yes... the Colts are probably in pretty rough shape until Manning is back and running.  Whenever that may be.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Dungy concerned about the Colts' playoff chances

This falls squarely in the category of "You get what you pay for," with the caveat that what you're paying for isn't injured.

Umm, run that by me again. Obviously, the Colts have not had a history of intentionally signing injured players like the Mets, Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Cubs and Angels like to do so often. I would give them the benefit of the doubt. As for Manning's neck injury...how many times have the Colts and their fans complain about the unnecessarily hard hits Manning takes without penalty to the opposing defenders who go unpunished? In the NHl if a plyers missed time due to an injury then the player who caused the injury will also miss the same amount of time. 



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Dungy concerned about the Colts' playoff chances

Basically everyone is saying Collins is not going to be the Colt's savior. All I'm saying is give Collins a chance. He has the experience and he does have very talented receivers in Wayne, Clark, Garcon and Collie plus Addai can still contribute. I'm not going to give up on the Colts just yet unless it's already in the middle of the season and Peyton is still not close to playing and the Colts has a losing record but until than, they still have a 50-50 chances, like most teams in the NFL. 


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