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 CBSSports.com. "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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