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Archie Manning: Luck, Peyton could work together

Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:25 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 1:37 am
By Will Brinson

Archie Manning's on a media tour for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award these days and over the past 48 hours, he's probably been asked about Peyton Manning's future no less than 50 times, particularly as it relates to the strong possibility of the Colts drafting Andrew Luck.

One such time was Tuesday morning, when I spoke with Archie about the future of his oldest son with Indy.

"Well, you know, we'll just kind of have to see how that all plays out," Archie told "I think so much as far as what happens with Peyton will be about his health. And with the Colts, certainly understanding they're having a tough year and they'll have a high pick. I think Andrew Luck is a great prospect, somebody you can bring into your team and be a franchise quarterback and have a long career so you gotta to appreciate what the Colts are going through.

"It'll all work out. It'll all work out, seeing how they finish the season, seeing how they do, seeing how Peyton's health is, it'll shake out and be fine."

Archie later stated that he didn't "think [having Luck and Peyton on the same roster] would necessarily be a great fit for either one," a comment that drew plenty of skepticism about Peyton's future with the Colts. (And, perhaps, a text message or two from Peyton to his pops.)

The elder Manning clarified those remarks on ESPN radio Wednesday morning, when asked why he didn't believe the two could co-exist.

"I'm sure they could," Archie said Wednesday. "Andrew is a great young man and we've enjoyed getting to know him. He and Peyton have a friendship, and I'm one of the few people out there that's not really concerned about this deal. All good people respect each other and I'm sure this will all shake out."

The reality of Archie's comment that drew skepticism is probably this: he believes Peyton can play a few more years, and he believes Luck, as he told me, can step right in and be a franchise quarterback.

Keeping both guys on the same roster isn't just difficult from a financial perspective (though it's certainly possible), it's difficult from a football perspective, because it means limiting the number of years in which Luck can receive on-field training as a starting quarterback.

And it's precisely why the Colts are likely to have a difficult decision in the coming months.

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Since: Dec 4, 2011
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:57 am

Archie Manning: Luck, Peyton could work together

If Luck is a franchise QB, can the Colts afford NOT to draft him?  What Manning has gone through is much more serious than many people are thinking about and there is no guarantee that he will ever return to form - if he doesn't and they don't draft Luck it probably sets the organization back several years while they try to find his replacement.... Tough choices indeed for the Colts!

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:34 pm

Archie Manning: Luck, Peyton could work together

"KLM11",   Regarding playing the sport, nah I''m a basketball guy.  Regarding my prediction on Luck... What expertise and high ranking position did you achieve to form the opinion that Luck will NOT be the next David Carr, Tim Couch, Ryan Leaf, Rick Mirer, etc.....? Recent history shows top QB draft picks are highly capable of being a bust.  Greater than a 50% chance in fact, and that is a fact.   Luck doesn't shine in big games, and doesn't have the look of a dominant player once the competition is better, that is also a fact.  It's my opinion that a truly great GM would trade down, and get something good in return.  The Chargers passed on Michael Vick and what did they do when they dropped down in the draft?  Drafted L.T. and Drew Brees.   If you are going to call me out for not being a puppet like you who believes the hype, at least tell us your amazing credentials behind your opinion.  Thought so.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:05 pm

Archie Manning: Luck, Peyton could work together

Who gives a crap what the one-hit wonder's daddy says.   Peyton is DONE .. stick a fork in him and be glad he was gifted the ONE SB Ring he has paved with Pass Interference calls, in the endzone no less, all they way there.   Yawn .. next irrelevant story

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:19 pm

Archie Manning: Luck, Peyton could work together

Archie Manning will be the deciding factor whether Indy takes Luck or not in next year's draft.  He tried with the Chargers and Eli in '03 and failed, but this is his team.  He controls Indy.  Argue if you want, but what "big daddy" wants in the NFL, he USUALLY gets.  Except in a pissing contest with AJ Smith of course.

Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:51 am

Archie Manning: Luck, Peyton could work together

Luck will not step in a be a franchise player right away....maybe in a couple of years of playing in the league.  That is "set-up" material!

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 9:31 am

Archie Manning: Luck, Peyton could work together

Has this guy considered running for office, the way he flip-flops he would be a perfect fit!

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:56 am

Archie Manning: Luck, Peyton could work together

Start Luck in first half, have Manning close


Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:18 am

Archie Manning: Luck, Peyton could work together

Who really cares what Archie Manning thinks? Is he worried that is little boy Payton won't be able to beat out Luck?

Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:05 am

Archie Manning still thinks he's relevant

Who gives two craps about Archie Manning? 

Since: Nov 7, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 7:02 am

Archie Manning: Luck, Peyton could work together

Because people ask him

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