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Luck willing to sit, hasn't spoken to Peyton

Posted on: February 2, 2012 1:35 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2012 4:58 pm
 
Luck is willing to sit in 2012 if he needs to. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- Andrew Luck's made his way to the Super Bowl. No surprise here: but people are curious about his opinion on the situation involving Peyton Manning and the Colts, who hold the top pick in April's NFL Draft.

Luck, in town to train at the Gatorade Sports Science Lab leading up to the draft (you can view footage of Luck testing at Gatorade's Facebook page), said he has not spoken to Manning and also said that he would be willing to play for a team, even if he wasn't guaranteed to be the starter, "if that's what the situation called for.

"I think like any competitor you want to play," Luck told CBSSports.com. "But if that's what the situation calls for, then put your best foot forward."

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Asked about the big seasons from guys like Cam Newton and Andy Dalton and how that puts pressure on teams at the top of this year's draft (read: the Colts) to play their early picks right away, Luck pointed out that if he can play, he certainly wants to.

"Any competitor wants to play," Luck said.

There's also pressure on Luck because of expectations. He's been touted as the best quarterback prospect since Peyton, and possibly the best since John Elway. But Luck, who comes across with a perfect mix of humility and confidence, doesn't let the outside opinions crank up his expectations too high.

"It's nice when someone has a good opinion about you," Luck said. "But it's just an opinion. It doesn't mean you've done anything yet by any means. So you sort of take it for what it's worth. Not to disrespect the people who make the opinions, but you put your head down, work hard and control what you can control."

Luck is going to go early in the draft. Colts owner Jim Irsay said he's taking a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick and all signs point to the Stanford product going with the top selection. Were Indy to take Robert Griffin, III, and make Luck available to the Rams, St. Louis could hold an auction for that pick so frenzied they'd need someone from Sotheby's to moderate it.

And there's no question that whoever gets Luck will end up with affable face of the franchise that will quickly be able to compete. There's just one little dealbreaker when it comes to the team he lands with.

"I don't want to run the option," Luck said, laughing.

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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 6:45 pm
 

Luck willing to sit, hasn't spoken to Peyton

uglyluggage, the Colts have had no running game and a leaky D for years but were always a contender for one reason.  Anyone who follows the game realized a long time ago they wouldn't win a Superbowl because they had Peyton Manning and a bunch of (largely) average players.  He WAS that offense, no OC needed.  From a non-Colts fan who just enjoys the game, it was interesting every year watching the guy with more responsibility than any other single NFL player see if he could get average talent to the Super Bowl.

There's no way to prove anything, and it's merely opinion, but from what I saw, if you put Peyton Manning on any other the other contending teams, they have a shot to win the Super Bowl.  You put their quarterbacks on Indianapolis and they might be playoff teams, but they're not legitimate contenders.  It was much more than simply delivering the ball to the open man - it was his complete control over the offense and its parts and pieces.  I haven't seen anyone else able to do that.

Manning won't be headed to San Francisco, but he might be headed out west.  I think Arizona makes more sense when you consider the franchises and organizations.



Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 1:08 am
 

Luck willing to sit, hasn't spoken to Peyton

Take away Manning and these guys "Talent&q
uot; level isn't near as high.  Manning makes the team, not the other way around.  Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark both had horrible seasons by their standards - Wonder why?  Next year with Manning back, they both make the Pro Bowl.  I love how people think Peyton is surrounded by all this talent - when actually it's just him bringing out the best in his guys.  Manning brings to the Colts what Belichek brings to the Patriots.  Neither team can survive w/o them...

Cotls go from Superbowl contenders to the worst team in the league - 1 guy did that. 

Cgram  



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:31 pm
 

Luck willing to sit, hasn't spoken to Peyton

You guys are crazy saying Manning has not had talent around him. Let's see? Marvin Harrison (No Talent?) Reggie Wayne (No Talent?) Dallas Clark (No Talent?) Edge (No Talent?) Faulk for his rookie season (Surely No Talent there? HOF?) Manning looks better now because the Colts completely tanked this year because of no other talent at QB, No RBs to help and a leaky D. I hope the Colts cut him and he goes to SF or somewhere and wins 2 more SBs. I pray Luck will be Heath Shuler. Rarely does a #1 pick QB not named Manning turn out to be Superman. **There was Aikman so shut up Ladyboy fans**



Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:59 pm
 

Luck willing to sit, hasn't spoken to Peyton

We  got Peyton,cosch can you pleaseeee let Jimmy (Irsay) play left tackle,after all he has always had Manning's back!!!!!



Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: February 2, 2012 10:15 pm
 

Luck willing to sit, hasn't spoken to Peyton

While I think Luck is a stand up guy and wish nothing but the best for him, how comical would it be if he busted? Don't get me wrong I don't expect him to fail. Actaually for his sake I hope he wins 5 super bowls with all the pressure he's gonna be under because his expectations are already unreal. I think it would benefit him extremely well if were to sit beyond Peyton (should Peyton be Peyton) and learn from him in a year or two. Peyton will probably get the boot the second he shows decline in his game should he stay though.



Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2012 9:32 pm
 

Luck willing to sit, hasn't spoken to Peyton

The single year collapse of the Colts is proof who the best quarterback has been for the past ten years in the league...

Hats off to you Tom - you've always had talent around you like Montana and, God Bless you, you made the most of it...

But the Mannings are a breed apart - and that's fact...



Since: Jul 16, 2011
Posted on: February 2, 2012 8:51 pm
 

Luck willing to sit, hasn't spoken to Peyton

I hate to admit it, but the cowboys fan got it right.  Part of Manning's brilliance is demanding perfection from himself but being able to work with not-so-great talent and make it shine.  So put in your vote, Reggie Slow, "hands of Stone" garcon, concussion collie and long in the tooth clark.  If peyton goes, you will not have nearly the marksman to raise your talent level; last year should be enough evidence of that.  IF MANNING CAN PLAY, then he should be the Colts starter in perpetuity.  But I can understand how he might want to get another ring, after all, can't let little brother maybe get two to his one.  Irsay, use your brain.  Sure, the team was getting a little stagnant and predictable and needed to change, get some beef on both lines and avoid so many injuries, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater, man!!!



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:51 pm
 

Luck willing to sit, hasn't spoken to Peyton

Andrew Luck isplaying it smart...he doesn't want to say the wrong thing, so of course he doesn't mind if the Colts keep Peyton Manning and he has to sit. I don't think Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon or Dallas Clark wants Peyton to go, because he made them all big time receivers. With Luck, those guys will struggle again for who gets catches and the learning curve for a rookie.

PanthersCam Newton was good this year as was Andy Dalton, but both those teams had a good offensive scheme and Bengals had a good defense. Texans T.J. Yates looked good at time subbing for Matt Schaub and Matt Leinert, but faltered at the end. It's tough for a rookie in this league.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:39 pm
 

Luck willing to sit, hasn't spoken to Peyton

typical philly fan showing the world how stupid and classless they are. can we somehow burn down the link while all philly fans are all in there?


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Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 7:35 pm
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