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Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

Posted on: January 7, 2012 3:23 pm
 
IrsayBy Josh Katzowitz

With Colts owner Jim Irsay currently looking for a general manager to replace Chris Polian, who was fired along with his father Bill last week, he won’t have to ask anybody he interviews how they’d handle the 2012 No. 1 draft pick. That’s because he already knows what he wants, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

As has long been suspected, the Colts reportedly will choose Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck in April, and no matter who’s brought in to take over for the Polian’s, that decision will not be altered.

Some wondered if the reason Bill Polian was fired in the first place was because he and Peyton Manning weren’t getting along -- Irsay is an unabashed fan of his quarterback and thinks of him as family. Polian said the rumors of a rift were untrue.

"He was the first person into the office after it happened," Polian told the Associated Press on Wednesdasy. "There's no rift at all. None.

Now, though, the big questions continue to be what the Colts actually will do about Manning, who’s due a $28 million bonus in March. Would Manning want to play with Luck? Will Manning's neck be healthy? Would the Colts ship Manning somewhere else to give Luck the chance to play immediately?

Now that we seemingly know who the Colts will take with the No. 1 pick, we might have to wait a few more months before the rest of those other questions can be answered.  

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Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:11 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

I agree with all that have said that the Colts are now in the rebuilding stages. That is a no brainer. This teams success as we all know has been on the shoulders of Manning mostly, but also his receivers. He could not have done it with out them. But now they are older and in some cases just as banged up as he is. Of course I agree with selecting Luck like most others do as well. Here is my big question for anyone reading this. Since the Colts are now officially rebuilding and they are moving into the Andrew Luck era of this franchise, then why would a "healthy" Peyton Manning want to finish his career with a team that has virtually no shot of returning to the Super Bowl? There are far too many well rounded talent teams that will dispose of them even if they did make it to the playoffs. So why finish your career with the Colts? I can't see the Colts paying Manning his $28 million in March and I am sure he has a no trade clause to keep them froming dumping him in Cleveland (sorry Cleveland). There are select few teams that Manning would be the final piece in that ever so rare Super Bowl puzzle. Houston for example. Matt Shaub is not taking them there, nor is anyone else on the team. Manning would have plenty of people to throw the ball to and he would have an elite rusher. What more could he want? Plus, he would still get to play in Indy once a year for old time sake. Although this makes me cringe; Dallas is another home he would have great success. Excellent wide receivers and good running game. The big Plus is seeing the Manning brothers battle it out twice a year. Now wouldn't that be great for football!!! Anyway, just a couple of scenarios that would be really great to see materialize. Thanks for reading.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:10 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

Like this came as a surprise at all?
I think this is very telling, the Colts know that Manning will NOT be back, not as a player at least.
he's had spinal fusion surgery 3x, the last one because the second one wasn't successful.
He didn't injure his knee or shoulder, he has a spinal injury, it's not something you take lightly.
Peyton knows he's a sure fire first ballot HOFer he has won a SB, he's done everything he has wanted to and more in football & now it's time to move on with the next phase of his life.
He already has the passing camp down in Louisiana, I could see him on one of the pregame shows in particular CBS with his many years as an AFC player and general affable nature plus he's a student of the game and we've all seen his tv commercials he has a great sense of humor and would be a natural on TV.
Peyton isn't coming back to play QB or tutor Luck unless he does so as a special coach, he will not be on their roster for next season as an active or even IR player because then they would have to pay him his rather high salary.
Think about this, if you were Manning what's left to prove? would you take the chance of taking a big hit from behind with the possibility of injury to your spine? You have a wife, children, would you REALLY put yourself in that kind of jeopardy?
If you think about it logically it just doesn't make any sense at all to come back and take that risk.
Everyone can point to examples like favre of guys who couldn't hang it up but Manning is not Favre, he isn't defined merely by football like Favre is, not that he doesn't love the game but he knows there's MUCH more ahead of him once his career is over and will not be afraid to retire.
 



Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:09 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

FIRE _________ JIM CALDWELL




Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:02 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

BREAKING NEWS: The Colts trade Peyton Manning to the New York Jets for a player-to-be-named later.

*** UPDATE: The New York Jets have traded Peyton Manning back to the Colts as the player-to-be-named later from a previous deal that sent Peyton Manning to the Jets. ***

**** UPDATE: The New York Jets have announced that they will draft running back Roger Vick Jr. with their first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. ****




Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:00 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

This same Colts team with Peyton Manning is 10-6. Does that not prove to you how important it is to have a top tier QB to rebuild around?  You don't let a QB that could anchor your team for the next decade and a half go for a couple first round and couple second round draft picks.  You keep Peyton and Luck and have Peyton mentor Luck.  Prove to the league Peyton is healthy, assuming he will be, and then trade him next year. Luck should be NFL ready next year and man we've never seen how such misfortune in losing a player for a year could turn into fortune for a team. Never has there been or will ever be an example of getting this lucky as a result of an injury.  F*** the Colts!



Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:00 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

Then again, Luck could turn out like Ryan Leaf. If we remember there was serious discussion of who was the best QB of that draft, Leaf or Manning. Luck is not far from Leaf, both four letter words that start with L and are names of QB prospect who are or were in discussion for the number one pick in the draft. Better draft RG# instead.LOL



Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:56 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

With  owner Jim Irsay currently looking for a general manager to replace Chris Polian, along with his father Bill last week, he won’t have to ask anybody he interviews how they’d handle the 2012 No. 1 draft pick. That’s because he already knows what he wants, according to  Chris Mortensen. 

As has long been suspected, the Colts reportedly will choose Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck in April, and no matter who’s brought in to take over for the Polian’s, that decision will not be altered. 

Some wondered if the reason Bill Polian was fired in the first place was because he and  weren’t getting along -- Irsay is an unabashed fan of his quarterback and thinks of him as family. Polian said the rumors of a rift were untrue.

"He was the first person into the office after it happened," Polian told the Associated Press on Wednesdasy. "There's no rift at all. None.

Now, though, the big questions continue to be what the Colts actually will do about Manning, who’s due a $28 million bonus in March. Would Manning want to play with Luck? Will Manning's neck be healthy? Would the Colts ship Manning somewhere else to give Luck the chance to play immediately? 

Now that we seemingly know who the Colts will take with the No. 1 pick, we might have to wait a few more months before the rest of those other questions can be answered.  


We all can sleep now...



Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:55 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

Manning probably has played his last down in the NFL. He has said he will not play for another team and his contract makes it prohibitive for a trade. What team would trade picks for him and give him twenty eight mil before playing a down with them with his injury status and be willing to change their entire offensive philosophy. Which coach would be willing to give up so much control to the QB? That is what has made Manning great, his ability to call the offenses on the field. He will stay with Indy as QB coach to mentor Luck.
As for trading the Luck pick for three #1s and a couple of twos is hogwash media hype. The Dal-Min Walker trade has seen to that.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:43 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

andrew luck and manning are  players that come around every decade or so. if you dont take him, you cant say oops, and get another one like him next year. 



Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 5:37 pm
 

Report: Colts will take Andrew Luck with top pick

The new lower first round salary NFL rules mean that the Colts don't need a strategy to make the pick. Formerly, a team being critical of the #1 pick that they take anyway might have helped them bargain for a lower contract but now since the amount is set by rule that no longer matters and they can simply make the announcement and get on to other business. This has nothing to do with Manning, it is about taking the best player plus no matter how effective Manning is next year he is still aging and now has that injury history he never had before.


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