LotsOfLuck wrote:All else being equal, we'd love to still have Manning right now. He comes back to Indy in 2 weeks. Tune in and see how much love we show him. The guy put INDY Colts football on the map. He will never be forgotten and practically everyone in Indy has adopted Denver as their #2 team. If we can't win it, and I don't think our roster is quite built to that level yet, then we'll enjoy watching Denver win the Lombardi.
That said, if we had Manning right now we'd still be in salary cap hell and wouldn't have been able to rebuild the rest of the team that was falling apart around him. Also, I think we'll be happy to have Luck for, hopefully, about 8-10 years after Manning retires. It was a tough decision that had to be made but I don't think you'll find anyone in Indy that thinks it was the wrong one.
You know, I try not to be a hater and all but man what an incredible stroke of luck your team had to only have one season without a real QB since 1998!
Think about it, Peyton's neck injury couldn't have come at a better time. Without it, there's no Luck in Indy. The chances of picking up a Wilson or Kaepernick as a long term replacement are there but no guarantee.
Totally unprecedented in NFL history. And if you want to mention Joe Montana/Steve Young, well yes...that was a seamless transition in terms of putting a player in the position, but Steve was already on the roster via trade and a QB controversy created problems for the team forcing them to miss the playoffs in '91 and trading Charles Haley to the Cowboys after the season because of his distaste of Montana being traded to KC.
You also have the Favre/Rodgers transition. That one was pretty divided. Ultimately worked out for the Packers, but could have very easily not have.
In Indy, absolutely no friction. Just one terrible season....something any team in the NFL could stomach if it meant a true franchise QB.
Such a lucky franchise.