Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/6/12
If I ran the Indianapolis Colts…Luck would be on Manning’s side.
 
Hello, I am the new General Manager for the Indianapolis Colts. For a team that has been very successful for the past decade, 2011 was a very disappointing year for Colts’ fans. But I am here to get this great team back on track.
 
We all know the struggles that occurred this season and we are all also aware it will not be easy for anyone involved in the Colts’ organization to get our team back to where we belong, the Super Bowl!
 
We are all aware of what decisions that needs to made this offseason but I am here to let you know that they are only obstacles for this great organization. An obstacle is just an object you climb to get around. With the help of new staff and the great fans of Indianapolis, I believe we can climb this great obstacle!

The first situation I would like to address, as the new GM, is what we should do at the Quarterback position. Peyton Manning has been the face of the Colts for the past 14 years and I would love him to continue his career, right here in Indianapolis. However, with the first overall draft pick this year, we have the ability to draft, probably one of the most rounded quarterbacks in the NCAA for the last three years. Yes, I am talking about Andrew Luck.
 
With the possibility of Manning never taking another snap in the NFL, the best choice to replace him will to draft Luck. I am well aware that our team needs players at many positions and on both sides of the field but that did not stop this organization from building its team around Manning. That is what needs to be done again. But with Luck.
 
Andrew Luck, Stanford’s quarterback, has done amazing in his college career. In his career, Luck has thrown for 9430 passing yards, 82TDs, and 22INTs. Luck’s college is similar to Manning’s, even when Luck red shirted his freshman year. Peyton Manning’s career with Tennessee was just as amazing. Manning threw for 11201 passing yards, 89TDs, and 33INTs. 
 
With our first round pick, the Indianapolis Colts will pick Andrew Luck.
 
Now the next question I receive after this statement is always, “What do you plan on doing about Manning?” This is not a bad question and I would like to keep Indianapolis updated on what we would like to do with him.
 
It is really hard to tell on what will happen the next couple months. Yes, it is true that doctors cleared Manning to play in the NFL, but he has not passed our team physicals, yet. It is true that Manning is recovering in a great pace to get back on the field by next year.
 
Until I get more time to evaluate Manning’s health and recovery, the Colts will continue to move forward. Manning has been a huge part of creating this organization, and I do not plan on letting him go after one disappointing season.
 
2012 will be a long season as 2011 was. But Indianapolis will get through it. Throughout the offseason we will find the best available players to fill in the roles needed on the team. There are many spots that need more depth and we will find the right players.
 
During 2012 draft, the Colts will take Luck in the first pick. However, the second and third round picks will not be so easy. We plan on drafting a third-down back that can get us a first down every time he carries the ball. We will also be looking for a good physical defensive.
 
We will also be looking deeply into free agency. I feel that there are many players that we can afford off the free agency wire. Some free agents we will like to sign during the offseason consist of young receivers, running backs, and physical defensive players with experience.
 
Here are some free agents we will be looking at during the offseason:
 
Quarterbacks: “We need a back-up plan.”
  1. AJ Feeley (STL) is a quarterback that I feel the Colts will need to keep in reserve. With AJ Feeley, I believe the organization can be more at ease until we know if Luck is ready to start in the NFL or if Manning passes his physical. During 2011, Feely was a great back up to the St. Louis Rams. He filled in Sam Bradford’s spot extremely well when Bradford had to sit out a couple games.
  2. Matt Flynn (GB) was surprising in the last game of season for the packers filling in Aaron Rodgers. I feel he can learn the game quickly and fill in very well at quarterback.
 
Running Backs: “We need every yard we can get.”
  1. Mike Tolbert (SD) is a utility back. I feel that Tolbert is what we will need to move the ball by running the ball. He will be a great third-down and goal-line back. With his help we can really push our way into the end zones.
  2. Jason Snelling (ATL) is also a utility back that can fit in well with our offensive. Snelling is a physical back that can run when he gets the ball and giving him the ball is what we plan on using him for.
  3. Tim Hightower (WAS) is back that is completely under-rated. Hightower has struggled over the last couple years with keeping his starting role but we feel he can run the ball very well when has given the opportunity.  
Wide Receivers: “We need a receiver than can catch for Luck.”
  1. Steve Johnson (BUF) is a receiver that has not lived up to his potential. He does not get the ball enough to show his true potential but we will make sure he gets the ball. I feel by having Johnson catch for Luck, Johnson call learn the game as Luck needs to.
  2. Dwayne Bowe (KC) is a receiver I feel can do a lot with the ball. He is a big receiver that needs to more physical. I feel that with Bowe, we can fill in Reggie Wayne’s spot.
  3. Ted Ginn (SF) is an explosive young receiver that has potential. I feel that with an explosive receiver,  Ginn would certainly help fill in the receiver spot. Ginn can catch and return on the Colts, giving us help on special teams.
 
Offensive Line: “We need to protect our future.”
  1. Demetrius Bell, OT (BUF) is the only offensive line-men that I would love on the Colts. Unfortunately, Bell went out last season with a season ending injury. Buffalos’ offense was spectacular the first half of 2011 while Bell was healthy. Bell was a major force to their offense and I would like to see him in a Colts’ jersey in 2012 protecting Manning or Luck.
 
Defensive Line: “Someone needs to step up and play.”
  1. John Abraham, DE (ATL) is an explosive Defensive end that is hard to come by. With his aging, Abraham still has his explosiveness of the ball and hits hard. Abraham is exactly what the Colts are looking for after we let go of Robert Mathis.
 
Line Backs: “New 3-4 defense, new team.”
  1. Anthony Spencer (DAL) is line-backer that has some true talent. With Spencer, I feel he can really fill in the holes in the depth of the Colts’ defense. Spencer will play perfect as line-backer when we transition to a 3-4 defense.
  2. Clark Haggans (ARZ) is a player that showed heart out on the field in 2011. Although, his team was down in some games, Haggans never gave up. We will be looking for players that play until the whistle is blown. I feel Haggans has what it takes to wear a Colts’ jersey.
  3. Bobby Carpenter (DET) is a young explosive line-backer. Exactly what we need. Carpenter has not had much playing time on the field but with the team we plan on putting together, Carpenter will fill right in. Look for Carpenter wearing a white and blue jersey in 2012.
 
Defensive Backs: “Do not let anything get passed you.”
  1. Cortland Finnegan (TEN) is a solid pass and run defensive back. With Finnegan as one of our corners, I hope to stop the run on the outside. Finnegan is physical back that play until the whistle is blown.
  2. Ronde Barber (TB) is a corner that would help our defensive back situation. He has played in the league and as a great understanding of the game. We plan on using him as not only a great corner but also a mentor to the others.
 
I, the new GM of the Indianapolis Colts, will work as hard as I can to rebuild this great organization. There are many players that will need to be re-signed and released into free agency. And there are many players that we will pick up from the draft and free agency. We have a long offseason ahead of us as a team in whole, but we will climb this obstacle together. For the great city of Indianapolis and its fans, we will make it back to the Super Bowl!
 
Thank you for all your time and support on this long journey ahead of me but I promise we will get back on track.
 
Stay classy Indianapolis.  

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