There has been plenty to blog about in regards to Peyton Manning and his future with the Colts. If any of you checked here yesterday as a lot of the storylines continued to unfold to see what I had to say I apologize for not having anything up. I wanted to give the post on Jeff Saturday top billing on the blog for at least a day. Saturday's kindness might not get much attention anywhere else, so I wanted to show him what little love that I could.
I'm torn here, folks. As a writer/blogger/gossip monger I should be loving the fact that there is so much in the media about the owner of the Indianapolis Colts and their future Hall of Fame quarterback, Peyton Manning. The more that the trained monkeys write, the more I have to blog about. However, as a reasonable fan of the game--
Enough is enough!
It is incredible to me to hear the amount of BS that has come from everywhere in regards to the future of the franchise and its once unbreakable quarterback. I could go on at length over how surprising it was to hear Peyton say some not so nice things about the team. Jim Irsay's response was a little surprising, but what was really shocking is that he kept talking even after he admonished Peyton for saying too much himself.
Regardless of whatever drama is going to unfold between those two, I think the future is pretty clear--Peyton Manning is done in Indianapolis. The proof is not in anything that Peyton or Irsay has said, nor in what Rob Lowe has heard or any of the other talking heads. The proof is not in the pudding either, but in the recent hires for the team.
First, there is Chuck Pagano as the new head coach, a man with a defensive pedigree and the knowledge and know-how that this team needs to become a competitive defense. With the few playmakers that the team already has on defense they don't do half-bad. With the right coaching they stand to be one of the better units in the league.
Now while I think that was a pretty telling sign, I think the nail in the coffin is in the new offensive coordinator, former Pittsburgh Steelers OC Bruce Arians. It was pretty surprising to see the Steelers not bring this guy back; they've had one of the better offenses in the league since he took over the offensive in Pittsburgh in 2007.
What impressed me the most though was the fact that Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was really upset that the team did not bring Arians back. It angered him enough that he is supposed to have a meeting with the team owner to discuss the future of the team (which he is worried about since they took away the offense's architect).
Big Ben's loss is Indianapolis's gain.
So how is that telling about the Colts and the future? I don't think the team would have bothered to bring in someone with Arians track record if they were still going to have Peyton Manning, an OC in his own right, on board. You get a guy like this when you plan on having a young guy behind center who will need the stability of a strong OC on the sideline.
I hate to see you go Peyton, and I hope that you and Irsay will get your act together soon. Both of you guys have been classy for too long to let things end on a sour note.