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Posted on: March 6, 2012 8:20 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 11:20 pm

Peyton Manning's release: Winners/Losers


By Josh Katzowitz

With the news that the Colts and Peyton Manning will part ways Wednesday, there will, of course, be bystanders who are positively and negatively affected by the news. Here’s our list of winners and losers.


Andrew Luck: In his first year in a Colts uniform, Luck will get to experience the highs and lows of playing as a rookie quarterback. Sometimes this goes well (see Cam Newton and Andy Dalton). Sometimes this goes poorly (see, um, Peyton Manning). And while we could make the argument that Luck would do well apprenticing under a veteran for a season -- he wouldn’t have to deal with the top pick pressure for an extra year and he could learn the new offense without the media spotlight trained on his every move -- Luck will learn much more if he’s actually playing. Plus, he won’t have the Peyton Manning shadow hanging over his rookie season.

Jim Irsay: Already, Irsay has begun to renovate his team, firing Bill Polian and former coach Jim Caldwell, following the 2-14 season. Irsay has done a wonderful job turning the Colts franchise into a perennial Super Bowl contender (2011, of course, being the exception), and now, he gets to be involved in another massive rebuilding project. Manning, of course, has done perhaps more than anybody to get Super Bowl XLVI to Indianapolis and to get Lucas Oil Stadium built, but Irsay now can remake the team as he sees fit. Plus, like Luck, his team won’t have the Peyton Manning shadow hanging over the franchise in 2012.

ManningAFC South: We’ve seen what happens when Manning isn’t playing for the Colts: the rest of the division gets better! Well, except for the Jaguars, of course. But without their franchise quarterback in the lineup, the Colts went from being the scariest team in the AFC South to being the most toothless. That probably won’t change in 2012, in which the Texans -- who never could get over the Manning hump and who couldn’t make the playoffs until he wasn’t playing -- will be one of the favorites in the AFC. Without Manning, Houston might have the chance to become the new Indianapolis.

Colts fans: In some sense, the city has been held hostage by the Manning-Irsay impasse, and it actually overshadowed the early part of Super Bowl week. But without Manning around, the salary cap won’t be as rigid, and with Luck coming into town (we assume), he’ll bring a new sense of excitement to the organization and to the city in general. Yes, Indianapolis will miss a community leader in Manning, but who’s to say Luck couldn’t fill that role anyway.


Matt Flynn: In our free agent quarterback rankings, we listed Drew Brees as No. 1, Manning as No. 2, and Flynn as No. 3. Brees has been franchise-tagged by the Saints, and it’s clear that the possibility of landing Manning will overshadow whatever Flynn will be trying to do. Flynn to Miami? Well, let’s see if the Dolphins can land Manning first. Flynn to (fill in the blank)? Well, let’s see if (fill in the blank) can land Manning first. Flynn likely won’t be anybody’s first choice, and you have to wonder how that will affect his bottom line. Would you rather have Manning, even if he’s not completely healthy, or Flynn? The answer is obvious.

Robert Griffin III: While the Manning release is good news for Andrew Luck, it might mean something different for RG3. Like Flynn (though probably not as much as Flynn), other quarterback-needy teams will look at Manning first before (possibly) trying to trade up with the Rams in order to draft Griffin after Luck. Like Flynn, this might limit Griffin’s options, and it might actually mean Griffin isn’t taken with the No. 2 pick. That probably won’t happen, but if one of the teams (say, ahem, Washington) looking at Griffin ultimately goes with Manning and the rest of league believe St. Louis’ price is too high, you have to wonder if Griffin will fall to the fourth pick.

Manning’s bank account: Not that he needs financial assistance, but cashing in on a $28 million bonus would have been pretty sweet.

Rob Lowe: I guess we can forget about Lowe’s budding journalism career. While he was right in believing that Manning was done in Indianapolis, Lowe also reported that Manning would retire. That’s not going to happen, and unfortunately for Lowe, reporters don’t credit for being half-right.

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Posted on: January 24, 2012 12:29 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 12:33 pm

Irsay: Guess Colts coach, win Super Bowl tickets

Indy owner Jim Irsay wants to send you (and a friend!) to Super Bowl XLVI. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Colts owner Jim Irsay has taken time out of his busy schedule of remaking the franchise to offer you, humble NFL fan and Twitter consumer, a chance to win two Super Bowl tickets. All you have to do is correctly guess Indy's next head coach.

Predict new Indianapolis Colts Head Coach, win 2 Super Bowl Tics! 1 guess only, u must guess by midnight tonight EST, Abby's hatpick! GOOD LUCK
1/24/12 7:39 AM

One word of warning, however:

If you predict Rob Lowe, I'll have to hunt you down like a rabid rat in the dark night and tease your kin and soak ur shoes n salted waters!
1/24/12 7:50 AM

We have no idea what that means but it's enough to scare us into not typing "Rob Lowe" ever again. Literally (sorry, you knew that was coming). Alright, a sampling of what the Twitterverse has come up with...

The realistic candidates:

@JimIrsay Chuck Pagano
1/24/12 11:56 AM

@JimIrsay Jim Tressel
1/24/12 11:56 AM

@JimIrsay Brad Childress
1/24/12 11:56 AM

@JimIrsay Pete Carmichael
1/24/12 11:56 AM

@JimIrsay Vic Fangio 49ers DC
1/24/12 11:56 AM

@JimIrsay Mike Zimmer
1/24/12 11:56 AM 

@JimIrsay Brian Billick
1/24/12 11:55 AM

...To the hopeful:

@JimIrsay Any chance it's going to be Bill Cowher?
1/24/12 11:56 AM 

@JimIrsay it's going to be Nick Saban. Make it happen Jim!
1/24/12 11:56 AM

@JimIrsay tony dungy
1/24/12 12:03 PM

...To the ludicrous (interchangeable with "hopeful" above):

@JimIrsay les miles
1/24/12 11:56 AM

@JimIrsay Cam Cameron will be the new head coach!
1/24/12 12:01 PM

@JimIrsay jack del Rio
1/24/12 12:04 PM

@JimIrsay BRUCE ARIANS will be the next COLTS Coach!!! I HOPE !!!
1/24/12 11:55 AM

@JimIrsay I predict you wil hire Payton Manning but i thank you for giving me the chance to vote.
1/24/12 11:55 AM

@JimIrsay My guess is Jon Gruden?
1/24/12 11:55 AM

@JimIrsay Rex Ryan(: LOL
1/24/12 11:54 AM

@JimIrsay Chip Kelly will be the new head coach
1/24/12 12:02 PM

...To the awesome:

@JimIrsay new coach will be Jack Harbaugh
1/24/12 12:02 PM

@JimIrsay Robert Montgomery Knight
1/24/12 11:54 AM

Our vote: Mike Vanderjagt. 

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Posted on: January 24, 2012 10:00 am

Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring

No matter what Chris Traeger might tweet, Manning plans on playing football again. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

While one Manning prepares for a Super Bowl, another is just trying to get healthy. Eli is headed to Indianapolis for a Giants-Patriots rematch (even if in name only). Peyton, meanwhile, continues to recover from neck surgery that kept him sidelined for the 2011 season, played no small part in the Colts' 2-14 record, owner Jim Irsay's subsequent housecleaning, and the team's plans to take a quarterback with its well-earned first-overall pick.

Thanks to Rob Lowe, fictional Indiana native, Manning was supposedly retiring. This literally is not true.

Manning spoke Monday with the Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz about what lies ahead and it most certainly involves playing football.

“I never thought `Sodapop Curtis’ would announce my retirement,’’ Manning said, referring to Lowe’s character in the 1983 movie “The Outsiders.’’ “I always thought I would be the one to announce it. I’m a huge fan of the movie, but that caught me way off guard. I can’t explain it. I know (Lowe) is a friend of Jim’s (Irsay), and Jim sounded surprised.’’

Manning said he finally met with new general manager Ryan Grigson, who hinted that his future in Indianapolis will be determined by the owner.

"One thing he (Grigson) kind-of, sort-of told me, without really wanting to tell me, was that Irsay will be the guy I'm going to sit down and talk with. That's going to happen at some point, but we haven't had that conversation yet because we really don't need to have that conversation yet."

Manning is due a $28 million roster bonus the first week of March and whether the Colts decide to give it to him will largely be determined by his health.

"You know I don't like to say something like, 'There’s no way I can play Sunday,' then come out and play Sunday and everybody in the media is writing 'I can’t believe he’s playing,'" Manning told Kravitz. "I'm not into the drama. And I'm not into saying, 'Well, this is it, I sure have enjoyed it.' I'm not into saying goodbye. All I know is I'm still under contract to the Colts. I'm still the quarterback of the Colts That's why I'm in the building every day trying to get healthy."

Manning also lamented that the upheaval in the front office and on the coaching staff has "Everybody walking around on eggshells. I don't recognize our building right now. There's such complete and total change. … I mean, it's 20 degrees, it's snowing, the building is absolutely empty except when you see coaches cleaning out their offices," he said.

"I guess it's the reality of the football world, just not something I've had to deal with very often. But I'm in there every day, so I have to sit there and see it. Everybody's being evaluated and I'm no different. It's not the best environment."

Whatever happens in coming weeks, this much is certain: if the Colts are ready to move on from Manning, there will be plenty of teams interested in his services.

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Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:27 pm

VIDEO: Animators take on Caldwell, Rob Lowe

By Josh Katzowitz

Because Taiwanese animation videos of NFL storylines never gets old, here’s the latest from NMA visually discussing the firing of Colts coach Jim Caldwell and the role of reporter savant Rob Lowe.

It’s not one of the funniest I’ve seen, but it’s probably worth one minute, six seconds of your time.

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Posted on: January 18, 2012 4:02 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2012 4:47 pm

Rob Lowe tweets that Peyton Manning is retiring

Yeah, this seems about right. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Someone is finally reporting that Peyton Manning is retiring. Only it's probably not the NFL "insider" you would expect. Instead, it's Parks and Rec actor Rob Lowe, who reported the news on Twitter Wednesday.

No. Really. This happened.

Colts Offseason

"Hearing my fave, #18 Peyton Manning will not return to #NFL. Wow. #Colts," Lowe tweeted on Wednesday afternoon.

Lowe then tweeted at Rich Eisen, inquiring if the news was accurate and noting that "my people are saying Manning will retire today." (Emphasis mine.)

So, yes, this would be a huge deal. A tremendously huge, ridiculous, insane deal, particularly if Rob Lowe broke the news of Peyton Manning's retirement on Twitter, even though he didn't want to.

"#Colts fans, let's hope my info is wrong," Lowe tweeted. "Don't like being wrong, but this time... I'm hoping #NFL #Manning"

Lowe and his family are Colts fans -- he attended the Super Bowl in Miami when Indy lost to the Saints and he's been known to interact with Colts owner Jim Irsay. Irsay even claims the two are "buddies," so there's that.

Those close to Peyton had a slightly different reaction to the news.

According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network talked to Manning's agent Tom Condon and if Manning was retiring it "was news to him." Chris Mortensen of ESPN contacted Archie Manning, who laughed at the notion.

"Noooo ... he ain't retiring," Archie said. "I think he would've told me."

So it's probably not true. But if it is, then it is LIT-TRA-LEY the craziest NFL story of all time.

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