While very supportive of his teammates and relatively upbeat after his team’s tough Fiesta Bowl defeat, Andrew Luck answered a question about being stuck behind a quarterback like Peyton Manning with a rather dismissive “such is life”. It’s no secret that he wants to play right away, and some of speculated he may force a team to either play him or trade him.
The Colts may be able to financially afford both Manning and Andrew Luck, but Luck is ready and wanting to play now. These are the scenarios Jim Irsay and Colts fans must come to terms with:
1. If they don’t release Manning now and he’s healthy, he could start for the all four-five years of Andrew Luck’s first contract. Manning’s style of play and the rules are such that he throws the ball away before most contact. Brett Favre and Kurt Warner had two of their best seasons statistically at ages 40 and 38 respectively. Manning turns 36 in March.
2. Manning becomes healthy during the season while Andrew Luck and the team are playing well. Then, they create a wedge where Luck and the offense are forced out of rhythm for Peyton to come back in AND Peyton then can’t have any rust because the team was on a postseason pace.
They need to listen to the doctors. If they say Peyton will be healthy for any point in the 2012 season, they either need to release him and draft Andrew Luck, trade the pick, or draft a playmaker.
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