Pick Your Poison …… With Manning ….. Without Manning ?

Pick Your Poison …… With Manning ….. Without Manning ?

It seems strange that the Indianapolis Colts could go into the preseason without their four time winning league MVP and Superbowl winning player Peyton Manning . The player having had off-season neck surgery is now committed to a full recovery in time to make the regular season for the Colts’ roster . With the team having Austin Collie now their injury list along with Manning the trials and travails of coach Jim Caldwell and his coaching staff could come undone before it has even started .


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Clearly the Indianapolis Colts’ fans would like nothing better than to see Manning taking the first snap of the regular season rather than Curtis Painter , Mike Hartline , or Dan Orlovsky for that matter . I am not so sure that the Colts’ front office led by Bill Polian has really thought ahead about the day ahead when Peyton Manning is no longer available to this organization . And given the success that the that the Colts have had over the years with Manning at the helm of this team , it has to be said that the loss would be seen as seismic to say the very least . Over the course of his outstanding career Peyton Manning has led this organization with class and distinction and there is not a doubt in anyone’s mind that once his career has come to an end he will be Canton bound to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame .

This organization during the off-season made some moves to bolster the roster as well making the customary draft choices one would deem to be prudent . It certainly gives the fans the impression that the organization is once again set to be dominant not just within the AFC South but also the conference as a whole . Certainly there’s a lot to suggest the Colts are once again the team to beat within the division as I simply don not believe that either Houston Texans , Jacksonville Jaguars or Tennessee Titans will be a match for this organization over the course of this season . The indications are were that the Texans were making great strides but that simply wasn’t borne out over the course of the 2010 regular season as they simply petered out when it mattered most . For the Houston Texans’ Gary Kubiak this may well be his last chance to prove himself worthy as the coach of this team .


INDIANAPOLIS, IN – AUGUST 19: Mike Hartline (9), Dan Orlovsky (6) and Curtis Painter (7) of the Indianapolis Colts look at play sheets during the game against the Washington Redskins at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images ………

In the preseason for the Indianapolis Colts we have seen the frailties of this team without Manning at the helm quarter-backing the team . And it could very well be that if the player hasn’t fully recovered enough in time for their regular season opener against the Houston Texans on September 11th we could see Manning’s longevity in terms of consecutive games’ record will come to an end . From my own perspective I feel that the player will have recuperated enough to don his number 18 jersey and be his customary and efficient self ! There are few players amongst the elite within the NFL who perform with the prowess of Manning at the quarterback position .

I certainly do believe that the Indianapolis Colts will very much have the AFC South to themselves and that is in spite of the offseason moves made by the teams within the division . What may well detract from the possibility of the team repeating as divisional champions could very well be the health of Manning and his ability to last through the rigors of a regular season .

The rookies drafted by the staff will almost certainly be looking to have a productive season having had their initial baptism of fire in the preseason games . Anthony Castonzo, Ben Ijalana , Drake Nevis , Delone Carter and Chris Rucker are sure to prove that the faith shown in them by Jim Caldwell and his coaching staff is justified .

If anything however , it will be imperative for the seasoned veterans on this roster to lead by example should Peyton Manning not be available to them for the first couple of games of the regular season . That has to be the caveat here with regard to the fortunes of this team and how they could very well fare over the course of this year . Certainly last season we saw what the team was capable of in terms of adversity when they were faced with the possibility of failing to make the postseason . The fact that they were able to do so having fought tooth and nail to win the division (AFC South) in spite of the injuries and other obstacles showed the true mettle of this team .


Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne, left, and running back Joseph Addai talk during the NFL team’s football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. AP Photo/Michael Conroy ………

Amongst the seasoned veterans that I believe will step up to the plate for this team are Reggie Wayne , Dallas Clarke , Joseph Addai , Dwight Freeney , Gary Brackett and Robert Mathis . But in reality the Indianapolis Colts’ way has been there to be a collective effort from all the members of this team. Most certainly that was something instilled into them by Jim Caldwell’s predecessor Tony Dungy , a coach who simply communicated with his players and made them fully aware as to what was expected from each, on game day .



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By your own estimation do you feel that Peyton Manning could miss the first two or three games of the regular season given his ongoing health concerns ? It hasn’t been confirmed that he will miss the entire preseason but all estimations that seems the likelihood with neither Caldwell , Bill Polian or for that matter Jim Irsay will to make an emphatic statement on the matter . How do you see the Indianapolis Colts faring over the course of the regular season ? And do you feel that without their league MVP quarterback their chances to win the division will be less likely ? Simply leave a comment as to your thoughts on this subject matter and any other thoughts you believe to pertinent . Thanks as always for the continued support as it is greatly appreciated !

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(1) FILE – This July 31, 2011, file photo shows Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning speaking during a news conference with the NFL football team’s owner Jim Irsay, right front, at the teams training camp, in Anderson, Ind. Manning says he won’t play the last two preseason games and Colts owner Jim Irsay says his team must be prepared to open the season without Manning behind center. AP Photo/Alan Petersime …..

(2) Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, left, talks with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning following an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis, on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. Washington won 16-3 . AP Photo/Michael Conroy …….

(3) Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell, right, greets Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan following an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis, on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. Washington won 16-3. AP Photo/Michael Conroy ……..

(4) INDIANAPOLIS, IN – AUGUST 19: Mike Hartline (9), Dan Orlovsky (6) and Curtis Painter (7) of the Indianapolis Colts look at play sheets during the game against the Washington Redskins at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images ………

(5) Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne, left, and running back Joseph Addai talk during the NFL team’s football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011. AP Photo/Michael Conroy ………


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20 thoughts on “Pick Your Poison …… With Manning ….. Without Manning ?”

  1. I have never seen a single player that is as valuable to their team as Manning is to the Colts. With him they are contenders, without him not so much.


  2. aero

    The preseason stats of the Colts are not that impressive in terms of the passing game . Hasten to wonder what might happen if Peyton Manning isn’t suited up for the team’s first two or three regular season games while he’s recuperating from his surgery ?

    As for Bud Adams he needs to calm down before he causes even more damage than he’s already done in pi#$ing off Chris Johnson and his agent .

    Much as in the same way Bud felt about the Bills with his index finger salute it’s the same way he now feels about Chris Johnson .

    tophatal ………….


  3. I think it might hurt Peyton to not be playing. He didn’t have any training camp and if he sits out the preseason, I’m going to be putting money against them to start the year. Even the best lose their tough when they aren’t able to practice. We’ll see what happens…


    1. chappy

      If the surgery performed on Manning concerns his neck and the fact that they had to fuse some vertebrae , then I think it in his best interest to forgo the preseason altogether . God knows this team has looked bad without him during the games thus far but I’d hate to think what it’d be like without him during the regular season !

      Caldwell and his staff have their work cut out for them this season .

      tophatal ……………….


        1. chappy

          He wasn’t far off it but I can’t deride him for that ! I still believe that the Colts can win the AFC South going away from the rest of teams within the division .

          Much of that however will be predicated on Manning’s performances over the course of this season .

          tophatal ……………


  4. Well this could be a test for the colts offensive coaching staff and time for the back up and players to show how this system really works. If the colts are a QB frriendly system they should be fine if not then they need to search or tryto sign a vet or a x and o guy if peyton goes down again.


    1. gjmcrae

      Have you seen the alternatives that the Colts have at the position this preseason ? QB friendly or not this might be worst crop of backup qb’s in the entire league based on those performances alone .

      Caldwell and the coaching staff led by offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen will have to get this team playing at a high level throughout the regular season , especially if they’re without Peyton Manning .

      Hopeully Manning will be there to helm the Colts this season , as I rather see him than the other guys on the roster said to be the backups .

      tophatal ……….


    1. Chris Humperys

      It’s as I’ve said to jgome the Houston Texans continue to repeatedly find ways to shoot themselves in the foot. Look at last season within the division when they had it for the taking only to pack up and leave as if they’d been thrown out of a hotel room for disorderly conduct . This team simply is gutless and much of that comes down to the persona of the coach Gary Kubiak , never mind the inconsistent play of Matt Schaub . Arian Foster and Andre Johnson’s talents are being wasted on this team at present .

      Neck surgery is never an easy thing to overcome , especially the type that Manning is said to have undergone. Having multiple vertebrae fused merely provide stability shows the gravity of the injury and how serious it was . Now comes the hard part for the player actually knowing that he’s ready and not wanting to aggravate and have any re-occurrence happen concerning pain to his neck . If he’s fully fit then I expect the Colts to prevail and win the division outright and make it an eleventh consecutive season of making the playoffs .

      Boo ya ! Debbie Davids

      tophatal ….


  5. With out without Peyton, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Texans steal the division. We all know what Manning can do under center, but the defensive is just so iffy. They can’t stop the run even if they had 12 men on the field. I know its preseason, but Foster made it look too easy. But without Peyton, the Colts obviously would be trash. Peyton has always carried that team and knows that offense inside out. If Peyton where to go down, this team will no doubt struggle. No way they can rely on Painter to carry the load and the Colt’s aren’t built to run the ball first. For Indy’s sake let’s hope he’s 100%. I wanna see another Brady Peyton playoff showdown.


    1. jgome

      I think that the Texans simply find new ways of folding up like a cheap suit or tent ! Here’s a team that ought to be good enough to make the postseason but somehow they simply find ever increasing ways to repeatedly fail . Is that down to Kubiak and coaching staff or lack of leadership from the veterans on this team , such as Matt Schaub ? Good qb but he simply lacks leadership skills to my mind !

      If the Houston Texans can’t get it done this season then Bob McNair has to fire Gary Kubiak .

      Even Playboy model Karen Hernandez feels that Kubiak ought to be sent packing .

      tophatal ………….


  6. The Colts will struggle big time without Manning. He is coming neck surgrey. The Colts may not make the playoffs. The Colts are on the downhill slide.



    The Kerry Collins Era has begun in Indy. Even with a healthy Petyon for the final 12 games, the Colts might find themselves on the outside of the playoffs looking in


  8. Drew

    I wasn’t aware that you were into Peyton in such a way ? Well with the fact that Polian has seen fit to sign Kerry Collins I think it indicates that there’s a high probability that Manning will miss more than at least two or more regular season games . Never mind the fact that the coaching staff doesn’t have any implicit faith in the team’s roster of current qb’s that back up the former league MVP .

    I get the impression that Polian wanted Favre but neither he or the Colts’ players were willing to head down to Hattiesburg to kiss Brett’s ass ! LOL,LOL,LOL !!!!

    How ’bout you cuttin’ into Sheyla Hershey’s meat and potatoes ?

    Now we’ll have to wait to see what transpires over the course of the season for the Colts and how they may well fare without Peyton Manning .

    tophatal ……………


  9. “I feel like Cinderella going to the ball , being allowed to step into Peyton’s shoes or should I say glass slippers ” ? Kerry Collins newest member of the Indianapolis Colts .

    I hear that John Madden is pi$#ed about this decision as he was hoping that Bill Polian would have tried to lure Brett Favre out of retirement .

    Kerry who ? Are you f_cking kidding me Jim you couldn’t get Brett ?

    I can well understand why Reggie Wayne would have his doubts about Curtis Painter and Kerry Collins ! Who wouldn’t ?

    tophatal ………. 😛


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