Found December 17, 2011 on
The Colts Authority:
Bill Barnwell claims with Peyton Manning this team would have struggled. Perhaps he's right, but I just can't see how.
Colts fans can take this as comforting or discomforting. On one hand, even if they had enjoyed 16 games of Peyton Manning, it seems likely that Indianapolis would have struggled to make the playoffs. Manning makes everyone else better, but there are just too many holes to sand over on either side of the ball, thanks to the absence of those star players. Only four of the Colts' 13 losses have come by a touchdown or less, so while they've been unlucky to go 2-12 (the record predicted by their point differential) as opposed to 0-14, they really just haven't been in very many of their games this season. With 16 games of Manning, the Colts would have likely been a 6-10 or 7-9 team. By failing so catastrophically, they'll get to draft Andrew Luck and begin the process of turning the franchise around.
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Bill Barnwell has surveyed the land and come up with a list of possible landing spots for Peyton Manning. In his eyes, Classic Colt Jim Harbaugh would be a perfect match for Peyton Manning:
If Jim Harbaugh can't get Andrew Luck, wouldn't this be the next best thing? With Harbaugh as coach, that young offensive line percolating, a dominant defense, and the NFC West on the...
INACTIVES QB Peyton Manning - Manning has been getting some good news lately, but still not ready to take the field. (Neck) TE Dallas Clark - Clark suffered a stinger and had to be replaced by Jacob Tamme on the Colt’s final drive last week. He will be out this week as a result (Neck) [...]
It never made any sense for Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning to come back and play this season. Whether it was in red-zone situations or some other type of semi-controlled circumstance, it was never worth the risk to expose Manning's surgically repaired neck to the violence of an NFL game.
The Houston Texans have completed at lot of "firsts" for their franchise in the year 2011. From a rushing champion, to a top defense, to hosting a playoff game, these are the top five stories of the year for the Texans:
5. Peyton Manning’s Injury
Peyton Manning’s neck injury, which has so far kept him from playing in a single game this regular season, has definitely...
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The Colts will have to win their last two games the same way they tried to win their first 14 -- without Peyton Manning.
The Colts aren't completely helpless without Peyton Manning. Indianapolis won its first game of the season on Sunday, beating the Tennessee Titans, 27-13. The Colts, who have played the entire season without starting their starting quarterback and three-time MVP, Manning, got big days from their defense and timely plays from the offense.
Colts vice chairman Bill Polian says Peyton Manning will not play in the final two games, but the franchise quarterback did take snaps from center Jeff Saturday this week.
Peyton Manning confirmed a report by Jay Glazer of Fox Sports that he threw to Colts running backs and receivers last week after practice and that he still wants to play this year.
The Indianapolis Colts finally won without Peyton Manning. It just took 14 games and three quarterbacks to get there. Dan Orlovsky threw one touchdown pass, a key block on an 80-yard TD run and the Colts defense held Chris Johnson to 55 yards rushing, to beat Tennessee 27-13 and avoid becoming the second 0-16 team in league history.
Many have asked me to respond to Bill Barnwell's piece in Grantland about the Colts. Most of it has been addressed on this site before, but I wanted to give a cliff-notes style response to his specific arguments.
Barnwell is one of the best NFL writers around, and one of my absolute favorites. This was not his best work, however.
ARGUMENT #1: The Colts collapse began in April...