It was going to be 5 thoughts on the NFL, but with news of another neck surgery and 2-3 month recovery, I thought I'd zero in on the Colts.
Thought #1 - Go sign David Garrard to a one year deal.
He knows the division. All reports are that he is a quality guy. He's younger and more versatile than Collins.
Thought #2 - I will still watch the Colts weekly.
There are Colts fans and then there are Peyton Manning fans. I have no problem with either. I'm a Colts fan. I really started cheering for them when "Captain Comeback" Jim Harbaugh (now coaching the 49ers) was the QB. I can understand how some fans will not watch a Manningless Colts. The style of offense is thoroughly entertaining. It may be very painful to watch this season, but I'll still watch. I love Dallas Clark, Austin Collie, Jeff Saturday, Dwight Freeney, and Robert Mathis. I'll still watch.
Though #3 - I think the Colts could still win the Division.
I'm not saying the Colts will win the division. I'm just saying they could. Think about it... the Jags just threw away this season dropping Garrard. The Titans have a new coach and new quarterback in a severely shortened off season. Clearly the Texans are the favorites for the division. If held down and forced to make a prediction, I would predict the Texans to win, but they've had the same talent they now have for the past three season. They seem to consistently find a way to lose despite.
Thought #4 - Go with Delone Carter.
Joseph Addai drives me nuts as a RB. He looked fantastic at the beginning of his career. Lately, if he's not injured, he runs as if he's afraid of getting injured. It's time to move to a new feature back. If Manning is really out for the season, I say go with a RB by committee setup. Next season, put Delone Carter in that role.
Thought #5 - This season may help shed light on how great of a QB Peyton Manning is.
In this whole conversation of Manning missing time, I've heard a statement again and again, "No player is more important to his team than Peyton Manning."
There's plenty of debate on who's the best in the QB position. It's a 6 person argument in the "current" debate... Manning, Brady, Rodgers, Roethlisberger, Brees, Rivers. Brady and Manning get thrown into the "all-time" debate with the likes of Montana, Elway, Unitas, Favre and Marino.
Here's my thing...
IF you take into light the team history with him as QB in 13 seasons (11 winning seasons, 11 Playoff appearances 7 Division Champs, 2 Conference Champs, 1 Super Bowl),
IF the statement that "No player is more important to his team than Peyton Manning
IF the Colts tank this season.
THEN Peyton Manning is the best Quarterback in the NFL, is he not?
I tend to agree in theory that no player is more important, but we've not had a chance to see that in theory in meaningful action. I guess we get to see it now.