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It seems like you're making two contradictory points...


1.  The Colts are ranked too low because QB isn't given enough weight.


2.  Grigson is getting a lot of heat despite fielding a winning team.


That's the thing though.  The Colts are going to win because they have Luck, but it's hard not to think that the Colts couldn't be a better team and that, to a large degree, is on Grigson.


I mean, 2012 was a great draft (though it's much easier to have a great draft picking first than it is 26th), but since then, it's hard to be impressed (and easy to wonder what the hell they were thinking in trading a first-rounder for Richardson).  

1 week, 1 day ago on Conversation @ http://coltsauthority.com/2014-articles/colts-ranked-21st-in-espns-futures-power-rankings.html

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His name sounds like a off-brand coffee.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Place RB/KR Chris Rainey on IR, Sign RB Tashard Choice

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Good to know.  We only got one angle on the Jumbotron and it was sort of caddy-corner behind Landry, so I couldn't actually see where his hand ended up.
Still, unless that PI was legit too, it's likely the drive would have never gotten that far.
And, yes, the intentional grounding no-call was ridiculous.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Week 14 Report Card: Colts at Bengals

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I personally thought the PI and Unnecessary Roughness calls were bad.


I was at the game, so I didn't get the benefit of replay on the PI, but it happened right in front of me and it didn't look like any part of Davis was even within 2 feet of the receiver.  Even the Bengals fans around me were like "I don't think that was PI..."


As for the unnecessary roughness, the flag was apparently thrown because the dude's helmet came off, but it definitely looked like Landry grabbed him by the shoulders to throw him down and the helmet came off after contact with the ground, which is...


Not that it excuses the Colts' poor play in the first half for the past billion games, but, combined with the TD that wasn't, I feel it could have been a different game with better officiating.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Week 14 Report Card: Colts at Bengals

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I went to the game and, honestly, although the final score was ugly, I don't think it was quite as bad as all that.


Maybe it's because, after Reggie's injury (compounded with all the others), I've lost all expectations for this year's Colts team (it would be awesome if they became this year's Ravens, but I'm not holding my breath), I didn't leave Paul Brown feeling discouraged.

The offense couldn't click in the first half and the defense had some serious issues in the second half, but...

The Bengals are a good team, playing at home and while Dalton is inconsistent, when he's good (as he was yesterday), he can be great.  In between the 4th down stop that got called a touchdown and the Bengals drive early in the third that was extended by the phantom PI and questionable unnecessary roughness calls, the refs damn near gifted the Bengals two TDs,  And while you got to get over it, I have no doubt that had a demoralizing effect on the defense (not to mention the other third down stop overturned by the taunting call) and...


Outside of the complete inability of the defense to generate QB pressure and/or turnovers, the offense looked a lot better.  Da'Rick Rodgers has great size and made some great plays and, if he keeps it up, I might get over the fact that we could have traded for Josh Gordon instead of Richardson.  Hell, even Hayward-Bey caught 2 of the 3 passes thrown his way and I'm not sure the third pass was catchable. 


The Colts are in the playoffs, where anything can happen, we get a chance to see whether Rodgers, McNary and Odongo are actually diamonds in the rough and - despite frittering away our first round pick next year for an under-producing running back - there's a good chance we come back even better next year.


Things could be worse...

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Monday Morning Moaner: Colts vs. Bengals, Crowd Sourcing

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You neglected to mention that McAfee was on his punting game... :)

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Week 13 Report Card: Colts vs Titans

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Wayne's injury did the Colts offense in.  Since the ability of the O-line to buy receivers time to get open is very questionable at best, Wayne's reliability was what kept the chains moving.  Now their only hope is big plays (that aren't dropped), Donald Brown and Luck scrambles.  Not exactly the recipe for success.


Still, the Colts basically have the AFC South locked up and there is no reason they couldn't get lucky during playoffs (see, e.g., Ravens, Giants).


We could have traded for Josh Gordon...  

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Colts come up with the Win 22-14 over Tennessee

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@DougEngland It could just be strategy.  If the suspension gets delayed a week, he's suspended for a home game rather than an away game.

8 months ago on NFL Issues Erik Walden a One-Game Suspension, Walden Plans to Appeal

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I really liked the wave effect on the still in the highlight reel.  It's that kind of iMovie pinache that really makes highlights pop.

9 months ago on Colts Place Reggie Wayne in IR, Sign CB Jalil Brown

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@Nate Dunlevy @Heracleitus 

I sort of lumped the decision to ax Polian with the decision to go with Luck over Manning in my mind, though I suppose it may very well have happened anyway (much to Brad Wells' delight).  I guess I'll grant (this time) that your assumption in this scenario is somewhat less speculative than mine.


And I was fairly certain that you had, but like I was going to pass up an opportunity to make the thought explicit. :) 

9 months, 1 week ago on Eight Myths Surrounding Peyton Manning's Departure from the Colts

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Great article!

Pointing out Freeney's production in the 3-4, which they might not have switched to if they kept Manning, seems kind of unfair, but that hardly makes a dent in the overall argument, especially since it's possible Freeney would have accepted a significant pay cut in return for a new contract (since he would likely have been cut otherwise and would probably have to accept less from another team anyway).

Trading the greatest boob ever for a bigger boob that is almost as good?  I can't tell if you didn't think that through or if you definitely thought that through. :)

9 months, 1 week ago on Eight Myths Surrounding Peyton Manning's Departure from the Colts

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@7IHd @AJ_ You've inspired me to develop a "like times infinity" button for blogs and other social media.  I'll remember to credit 7lHd after I make my first billion.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Chargers

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This Nate Dunlevy, I call him the Stock Ticker because he's always spitting out numbers.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Chargers

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@MarcusDugan No worries.  I was just like, "Damn, is Tannehill really averaging ten carries a game?" :)

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Pocket Passers Pose New Challenge for Jerrell Freeman & the Defense

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Just FYI, Tannehill's rushing numbers are from last year while the others are current...

He's 17 for 65 (3.8YPA) this year.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Notebook: Pocket Passers Pose New Challenge for Jerrell Freeman & the Defense

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@Johnny_Socko @MarcusDugan Well... he was presumably on the practice squad and not on the active roster for a reason.  I think the hope is that he doesn't have to do much.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Sign RB Daniel Herron and LB Andy Studebaker

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Hope the good games and the block help him land somewhere!

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Colts Activate WR LaVon Brazill, Waive Defensive End Lawrence Guy

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@hankster @mrpenney I like both of your optimistic interpretations of what's going on.

While utilizing Luck a la 2003 Tom Brady is likely wasting some of his talent, I could live with it (in the interest of keeping him alive) for the time being.

10 months ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Jaguars

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@GregC @Heracleitus 

I was being a wee bit facetious, but it was interesting and I always appreciate when other people do the footwork to uncover things I find interesting. :)

10 months ago on Does a Strong Passing Game Help you Run the Ball? Part I

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But if I happen to draw certain conclusions about the Richardson trade from this article, that's okay, right?

10 months ago on Does a Strong Passing Game Help you Run the Ball? Part I

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Sims can be the Peter King of broadcasting (or is King featured enough that he's considered a broadcaster too?).

10 months, 1 week ago on Eyes in the Backfield: 49ers

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If I could only go back in time and tell my ten year-old self that one day I would be quoted in a Colts blog, he would say...


"What's a blog?"


And maybe...


"Despite the popularity of Orange is the New Black, people think the pornstache looks silly."


Ten year-old me was hella precocious.

10 months, 1 week ago on Trent Richardson Aftermath: the Good and Bad of the Blockbuster Trade

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The more I think about it, the more it seems like Grigson and Co. are trying to pattern the team around what SF and Seattle are doing, which, in a copycat sort of way, obviously isn't the worst idea in the world. Except for it seems like they are focusing on the wrong element. Sure, those teams have good backs in Gore and Lynch, but their identity is in the O-Line and Defense (and a dynamic young QB, I suppose). The Colts don't have that. Getting a RB now - even a potentially elite one - for a first rounder is putting the cart before the horse.

10 months, 1 week ago on BREAKING NEWS: Colts acquire RB Trent Richardson while simultaneously mortgaging future!!!

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Who thought a running play on 1st and 25 was a good call?

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Recap: Colts Edge Raiders at Home, 21-17

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@smonroe Nothing annoyed me more than when Waste o' Space Wells wrote the fan write-up for the Colts over on KSK for the second year in a row, but your explanation runs hollow.

Mike Florio is as much of a troll and a hack (and a glorified blogger) as the aforementioned buffoon, but he's got the weight of NBC behind him.  It would take the Colts media team a couple hours at most to separate the chaff from the wheat; they are simply choosing to be shortsighted.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Eyes in the Backfield: Raiders

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What do you expect of the Mike Florio of Colts blogging?

1 year, 2 months ago on Pep Hamilton's Quotes Misreported, Cause Unnecessary Angst

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That's the smartest argument for letting Collie go I've heard.  I, of course, understand people not wanting him to play, but if he's going to play no matter what, no reason he shouldn't play for the Colts (except the one you gave perhaps).

 

That being said, I'm surprised someone so smart would take the bait of  a known troll like Florio.  Hell, just last week he was calling for RGIII to force the Redskins to change their name...

1 year, 5 months ago on Should the Colts Cut Dwight Freeney?

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 @GregC I was against the trade too, but more because we only get two years of his nice cheap rookie contract.  However, that was back when everyone thought this year was pretty much a loss (I mean, the Colts still probably won't win the SB, but getting to the party is... wow.) and that 2nd round pick was looking like #35 or #36 overall rather than closer to #60.

 

If he continues to do well and the Colts are able to sign him to a reasonable deal before/early next season OR if he makes the jump to the next level next year and the Colts end up with a shutdown corner even with a hefty price-tag, I could definitely see it being worth it.

 

Still... if we had got him for a third, I would have loved the deal a lot more.

1 year, 7 months ago on Colts Monday Musings: Ugly Wins are Still Wins plus Quick Thoughts

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I think the real value of the Davis trade will play out next year (one way or the other).  I'm not sure I would have given up a second for him regardless, but at least that pick is worth less and less as the season goes on...

1 year, 7 months ago on Colts Monday Musings: Ugly Wins are Still Wins plus Quick Thoughts

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 @mattshedd I agree that the JETS have handled the thing poorly, but it's hard to tell, given the way franchises are run, how much that has to do with Ryan.

 

Who knows if Ryan even wanted Tebow or if Woody Johnson brought him in as a publicity stunt to keep butts in seats.  If it's the latter, Ryan might not be allowed to move Tebow to H-back as it would end the ridiculous controversy (and media attention) the issue is getting.

 

And if you're going to blame Ryan for allowing Tebow to pressure Sanchez into poorer play, then Jim Harbaugh deserves the same blame for claiming (and proving) that the 49ers QB position was an open competition.  However, Alex Smith didn't regress under the same pressure.

 

The Jets are a mess and it's highly likely that Ryan deserves part of the blame for that, but I'm not sure how much of the blame is on him and how much should be attributed to the FO/owner,

1 year, 7 months ago on Quarterbacks on Third Down: Andrew Luck is a Magician

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 @mattshedd What would have Rex Ryan do?  Start Tebow?  Be completely honest in his pressers and be like "Sanchez  is bad, but our other QBs are worse."?

1 year, 7 months ago on Quarterbacks on Third Down: Andrew Luck is a Magician

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 @MarcusDugan  @DougEngland  @Sandtiger "Short passes are second pick of the draft stuff, Andy."

1 year, 7 months ago on Colts Notebook: Friday Defense Edition, 11-30

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Vontae sure loves his grandma.

1 year, 7 months ago on Colts Notebook: Friday Defense Edition, 11-30

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Did I miss it or did you forget to mention that Luck is doing better as a rookie than Peyton did as a rookie?  I mean, I know the situations aren't completely comparable, but it was obvious in '98 to anyone watching Peyton play that he was going to be great just as it is now with Luck.

1 year, 7 months ago on Troll Hunting: Megatroll Chris Baldwin Is In the Cross Hair

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While I wouldn't say the Patriots got great pressure, it felt like, at least up until the first two interceptions (at which point I paid markedly less attention to the game), that they did a good job of 1) confining Luck to the pocket, and 2) occasionally collapsing the pocket around Luck.  

 

To me, it seemed like the first (I think it was first) interception was the result of Luck having to change his step into the throw to account for a lineman being shoved into the space where he was going to step and the second a result of changing his throwing arc to avoid Vince Wilfork's outstretched paw.  Now, whether he should have had the presence of mind to change those decisions at that point (especially when, at other times, he makes throws with two guys draped on him and/or going to the ground) is perhaps for someone more knowledgeable than me to say.

 

That being said, that it appeared that last second obstacles threw off his throws (I didn't see the third INT, but when you are attempting to make big plays while far behind, INTs happen, so whatever) is encouraging to me, especially given that he seems to make those throws more often than he misses them.

 

The problem seems to be that he is called on to make those throws 10-15 times a game and one out of five is a likely turnover when the goal should be maybe five to seven times a game at most.  One could say that, given the line he has, he holds onto the ball too long, but he might hold onto the ball too long because his receivers aren't getting open...

 

As such, I remain optimistic that with an improved line and/or more experienced or better receivers in the coming years that we'll see much better results, even if Luck didn't improve himself (which of course he will).

1 year, 8 months ago on Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 11 at New England Patriots

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 @matt_has The only part I disagree with is that he had to have known the pressure was there on the INT that counted.  Granted, he might have made that throw had it not been knocked off-course, but that's a risky throw to make in that position.  

 

Of course, he's a rookie and even the most seasoned veteran will force a throw like that from time to time, I just hope, and trust, he won't turn into a funslinger like Favre.

1 year, 8 months ago on No Letdown Here: Colts Dominate Jags 27-10 Full Recap | November

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Am I the only one who thought that after Ballard got the first down (which was great) that it was the Miami defense trying to keep him upright and moving (to strip the ball) while it was the Colts linemen who were trying to help him tackle him?

1 year, 8 months ago on CA Conversations: Recapping the Colts' win over the Jets | November

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 @DougEngland Well, King is an idiot, so there's that.

1 year, 9 months ago on Following a Legend: Andrew Luck Week 4 vs. Green Bay Packers | October

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 @Kyle Rodriguez That's the issue for me.  He might be worth more than whatever the Colts could get high in the second round next year, but, due to the rookie wage scale, that person would have an insignificant cap number for four years of hopefully competitive play versus potentially one for Davis.

1 year, 11 months ago on The Value of Draft Picks: Why Vontae Davis Was a Good, but Expensive Pickup | August

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I don't know about the rest of Colts fans, but I harbor no ill will towards Garcon.  The Colts would not have paid him what the Redskins did nor did many think they should have at the time.  That might turn out to be a mistake in retrospect and, since I like the guy, I hope he does have a great career.  The truth of the matter is that he, and his agent, had a better assessment of the market for his services.  If he hadn't, I'm sure the Colts would have lowered their offer slightly and he'd still be a Colt.  Business is business.

1 year, 11 months ago on 7 Questions about the Redskins preseason game | August

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The Brad Wells article, as they always do, reeks of speculation, no actual substance, and Wells' sheer glee of dancing on the Polians' grave.  Assuming he got a contract similar to Kendall Reyes (49th pick of this year's draft), he got around 4m with a 1m signing bonus.  That would mean, at most, he's earning $750k this year and some of that might be guaranteed.  I'm not wise in the ways of NFL front offices, but considering his potential if he gets healthy and develops, the lack of any other O-liners who really stand out as projects they should hang onto and the fact that cutting him this year or next probably doesn't have a huge impact (other than an extra roster spot on this year's likely uncompetitive team), I see no reason why they wouldn't keep him. 

 

I hopes he gets well.

1 year, 11 months ago on Colts' Training Camp Tidbits: What Will Happen to Ben Ijalana? | July

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Amusing article.

 

I went to school with Cutler and hung out with him and his roommates a couple times when a friend was in town (her roommate was a o-lineman's sister).  As far as I could tell, he is as big a douchenozzle as everyone seems to believe.  As is, I have no special love for the guy.

 

That being said, the QBs in Cutler's range - Big Ben, Vick, Matty Ice, Rivers and Cutler himself - can be very good, but aren't very consistent in that regard, so order could depend largely on who is hot at the moment.  While I don't think he beats out Rivers or the date rapist, I think the argument for Cutler begins and ends with the fact that, of all of them, he has the fewest offensive tools surrounding him during his time in Chicago compared to the other QBs.  But basically yes, 11th if not 10th.  (Not including Cam, who I like and think can potentially trounce them all, but I think it's early for a verdict on him).

2 years ago on The Ultimate Statistical Quarterback Ranking | July

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Chances are Luck's uncle-agent was waiting for the RG III deal so he wouldn't give up anything that RG III got and look like a fool - not to mention it is a good bargaining tool.

 

Having not signed Fleener and Allen is more disconcerting/puzzling, but still not something to worry about just yet.

2 years ago on RG3 Signs, Pressure Mounts on Colts | July

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 @squirrel That's my hope.  And considering none of my concerns count for dick, my plan is to wait and see whether they screw up the team or rebuild like champs.

2 years, 4 months ago on Dunlevy looks at McGlynn | Articles

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No freaking way Poe lasts to 24.  Especially not if the Titans trade their first-rounder for Freeney... >.>

2 years, 4 months ago on 2012 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 | Articles

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 @kasey_junk 

1.  March 8th was definitely chosen by the Colts FO so that the option bonus (not roster bonus - those aren't prorated) would be spread evenly over the length of the contract.  It was probably assumed that Peyton's neck problems would not be anywhere near as serious as they are.

 

2.  No idea.  Although if the team doctors could report that he was throwing perfectly placed balls 50 yards down the field, I'd take the option even if I couldn't see it personally.

 

3.  Legalese is often hard for trained lawyers to parse.  Even if Saturday has intimate knowledge of every clause of the approximately 350 page CBA (unlikely), he might have a different opinion of what the language means than the league does (and I don't think it's the kind of matter that would go to court or even arbitration).

 

4.  Pretty sure that the new league year, as defined, starts on March 11th.  It is entirely possible (I have not gone over the specific provisions of the CBA) that, at the very least, anyone other than team doctors are not allowed to evaluate players in between the end of league play and the start of the new season or something like that.

2 years, 5 months ago on Watching Manning: Something Doesn't Add Up | February

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@squirrel Unlikely. The timing of the option bonus was most likely chosen by the Colts FO as it allowed them to prorate the bonus over 5 years instead of 4, mitigating the cap hit.

2 years, 5 months ago on NFP: Manning should deny the Colts | Articles

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@Nate Dunlevy Never mind. While I still do not believe that the provisions regarding renegotiation are necessarily an obstacle (though it is something a court could go either way on), the link below (http://www.nyjetscap.com/2011_Post/manningtrade.php) brings up a very important point in that the choice of date has salary cap ramifications and that the league would probably shut down a change of date based on that issue.

As such, March 8th is almost assuredly the date.

2 years, 5 months ago on An Alternative Perspective: Trading Away the Franchise | February

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@Nate Dunlevy I have not read the entire CBA, am not a contract or employment lawyer and am not even barred yet for that matter, but I have gone over what I thought to be the relevant sections of the CBA and searched for a couple key terms including any permutation of negotiate.

The only clause I found limiting renegotiation of veteran of contracts stated that renegotiation within the same contract year could not raise a player's salary. That is obviously not the case here. That being said, it doesn't really matter as Manning would have to agree to moving the date back in any case and, other than a hypothetical overabundance of love for the Colts organization, he does not really have a lot of incentive to do that and definitely not beyond April under any scenario.

2 years, 5 months ago on An Alternative Perspective: Trading Away the Franchise | February

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"It should be generally accepted that Peyton Manning wants to move on from Indianapolis. The misleading leaks from “sources” have only solidified this [...] If Peyton truly wants to be a Colt for life, all of this would not be public."

I think that's nonsense. The only thing Peyton has said that I haven't believed is that he wasn't trying to start a fan campaign to keep him in Indy. I think Peyton wants to finish his career with the Colts. I think these leaks make it harder for Irsay to justify cutting him and thus maybe ever so slightly increase his odds of being retained (not really, but you have to play the game all the same). I don't deny that the leaks are also aimed at reassuring other teams, but since Peyton is going to want to play regardless of whether it's for the Colts or not, it would be silly not to expect him to play all the angles.

The Colts are probably going to cut Peyton, but I doubt it has anything to do with his desire or lack thereof to move on from Indianapolis.

2 years, 5 months ago on An Alternative Perspective: Trading Away the Franchise | February

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