|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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