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Luck would 'absolutely' play behind Manning

Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:43 pm
Luck and RG3 both said they'd be willing to sit behind Manning next season. (AP)

By Ryan Wilson

Even if they're not throwing this weekend, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are saying all the right things at the combine. Two months from the NFL Draft, they're considered the two best quarterbacks, and there's the strong possibility that both are off the board with the first two picks.

Most people -- from fans half-paying attention to draft experts -- expect the Colts to take Luck first overall. The former Stanford star has been called the best prospect since John Elway. Given all the upheaval in Indianapolis right now -- from the new front office and coaching staff to the speculation that Peyton Manning could be released in the coming weeks ahead of a $28 million roster bonus -- there's also reason to believe that Luck, like Manning in 1998, would be the starter from Day 1.

Despite the writing on the wall, Colts owner Jim Irsay said recently that he "would love to have" Manning back in Indy. We're guessing those comments were more PR cover than heartfelt, but either way, Luck was asked Friday about the possibility of playing behind Peyton next season.

“If I have the opportunity to learn from a guy like that, of course you’re going to take advantage of it," he said. "Absolutely. … Peyton was my football hero. That’s who I modeled myself after," he continued. "You never replace a guy like that."

Except you do replace a guy like that, perhaps soon. And many Colts fans accepted that reality when the team was on it's way to a 2-14 season without Manning, who had multiple neck surgeries in recent years and his football-playing future is still in question.

There's also this: the organization is free to sign Luck starting Friday.

Griffin, who sported Ninja Turtle socks when he spoke with the media Friday, was also asked about playing behind Manning.

"Yeah I would embrace it," he said according to's Will Brinson, who is in Indianapolis this week. "It's not very often you get chances to play -- or be on a team -- with a legend like that and learn from a guy like Peyton.

"Definitely I'd come in and compete to try and be the starter, but I wouldn't be upset if Peyton was the starting quarterback of the team I'm on. It would be an honor to sit behind him. I'd hold that clipboard with pride. I'm not going to come in and demand to be the starter."

It's a fantastic answer to questions that are likely irrelevant. We suppose there is some small probability that Manning could return, but all indications are that he's taken his last snap for the Colts.

"Who knows what happens?” Luck asked Friday.

Irsay does, that's who. And we're guessing Luck will be under center when the Colts take the field in Week 1 of the 2012 season.

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Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:04 pm

Luck would 'absolutely' play behind Manning

I've just glanced over all these comments quickly, and it seems to be that the consensus is that Luck and RGIII are saying the right things because they secretly know what is going on.  I personally don't know this or want to even try and guess that they know more than they are letting on.  I just want to remind everyone what happened with Aaron Rodgers; he sat behind Favre and learned from him for several years before playing and eventually becoming the MVP of the league.  We just need to be patient and see what will unfold!

Since: Feb 27, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:58 am
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Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 6:09 pm

Luck would 'absolutely' play behind Manning

Luck has been assured by the Colts that he is the pick, and he has also been told privately that Peyton is gone.  It is very easy for him to say these things right now.  It will never happen, so luck "has no problem" sitting behind Peyton.  This was not his position about 3-4 weeks ago... Well... let me preface that.  It was not his position ACCORDING TO AN ARTICLE I READ ON THIS SITE.  It said that Luck did not want to sit.  So... take his recent statement as a sign that he is smart enough to say the right things, even though it is a non-issue now.  Griffin has said he would play behind Peyton since day 1.  He wants Number 1 pick money, and also knew it wouldn't happen for him cuz Luck was the Colts' guy.  Shows me both guys are smart enough to say the right things.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 3:09 pm

Luck would 'absolutely' play behind Manning

ACTUALLY....Luck would be playing behind the center unless Manning is intent on lining up at center.

Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 1:22 pm

Luck would 'absolutely' play behind Manning

Right answer boys.

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Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:43 am
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Since: Feb 25, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:31 am
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Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 11:10 am

Luck would 'absolutely' play behind Manning

Hey you aint playin if you are behind Peyton Manning;  you're sittin

Since: Jul 16, 2011
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:12 am

Luck would 'absolutely' play behind Manning

Two quick notes: the NORMAL development of an NFL quarterback into a bona fide starter is about three years, or so I have heard.  Of course, you have guys who are ready when they step into a pro uniform, but they are the exceptions.  All the hype in the world doesn't convince me that Andrew would be one of those, although he might.  To pick the brains of a guy like Manning and then apply his own considerable skills would be one helluva leg up for MR. Luck, and a good GM should think seriously about it.  In addition, I am reminded of a guy named Bert Jones, drafted in 1973 to succeed some guy named Unitas.  Jones could have been one of the greatest ever, and many consider his talents to be among the best ever, but he had the misfortune of being on a rebuilding team without a great running game and spent much of his time running for his life and nearly all of several seasons hurt.  Ironically, a neck injury on top of a collection of damage from eight short years of play cut his career short.  History does repeat itself if we don't pay attention.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 8:12 am

Luck would 'absolutely' play behind Manning

Teres Minor........Once again you're just plain sillyLaughing

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