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The answer is simply no. Yes, Peyton Manning had neck surgery. Yes, his return is questionable. However, drafting Andrew Luck and releasing Manning won’t allow the Colts to make a quick transition and build for 15 years around Luck with the same success they had with Manning.
In 1998, the Indianapolis Colts selected Peyton Manning with the first overall pick of the draft. This selection was rewarded with double digit wins in 11 of his 13 seasons, including 9 straight 10+ win seasons.
This success would not be duplicated with Luck. Indy’s incredible run was due to the Colts building their entire team around Peyton Manning and his strengths. From a pure pass-blocking offensive line, to running backs with tremendous receiving skills, to a cover-2 defense made to play with a lead (rush the passer with Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney and prevent the big play), the Colts built themselves to survive and win with Manning.
While Luck would certainly win more games than the Curtis Painter ...
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