The talk all season has been about either Peyton Manning's neck or Peyton Manning's eventual successor which the world has assumed will be Stanford's Andrew Luck. Lately there has been talk about whether the two can co-exist for a season or two (assuming Peyton does play again).
Part of the problem this season has been the team's lack or preparedness for life sans Peyton Manning so it goes without saying that their first round draft pick this year will be on a quarterback. Since Peyton is no longer a spring chicken it is safe to assume that whomever it is will be the next franchise QB. I can't help but wonder whether Luck is really the right man.
The man has been good in college. His junior year is close enough to the stats he had his sophomore year that I think it is safe to say that he is not a product of Jim Harbaugh (his sophomore season QB). There have just been too many good, solid college quarterbacks that have come into the NFL and absolutely sucked.
I got a nasty feeling that Luck could be one of them.
I don't really have a lot of empirical proof to this; it is more of a feeling. However it is one that comes from spending the better part of the last three decades engrossed in the game in some way shape or form. I don't have the name or paycheck as an ESPN analyst or any of those guys, but hey--this is America, where everyone is allowed to have an opinion.
Towards the end of the college season I spent some more time watching Stanford (love those nationally televised games). I was not impressed, and he was not playing anyone tough (sorry Irish but Notre Dame was not that good; Cal definitely wasn't).
Now you can blame that a little on the competition, but do we want a player that will play down to his competition for a half before he finally wakes up leading the team? NFL teams will not give him the chance to get his head out of his behind like Cal and Notre Dame did.
Plus, the team has many more holes to fill than just quarterback. For Luck to be any good I think that they will need to have them filled otherwise he'll be a lot like other former Heisman hopefuls, i.e. Joey Harrington, Ryan Leaf. In case you were not aware, the pro careers for those guys sucked.
Well then who should the Colts take Mr. Bloggerman?
Easy question--RG3, Robert Griffin III.
The man has not gotten the national exposure that Luck has had, but the man can play. In him the team is able to get someone that can throw the ball well (as is in evidence with his 72.4 completion percentage this season), and can make players miss. is scrambling ability will easily rival any QB in the league next season. With over 3000 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground in his time as Baylor's starter he is a proven threat with his feet as well.
The great thing with him will be that if teams decide to contain his running that will leave easier coverage on the receivers. If they try to stop his passing attack, they will likely leave running lanes for him as well.
Should Peyton play next year the Colts can still utilize RGIII in various passing packages and definitely in a wildcat (wild stallion?) style offense next season.
All season long I've been advocating taking a running back over a QB. In this guy we get a QB and enough of a running threat that combined with the current non-threatening runners the ground game might scare someone besides the fans.