Right after posting an update about Jim Irsay still holding onto hope that Peyton Manning can return in 2011, I stumbled upon some more interesting notes from Irsay regarding hot quarterback prospect, Andrew Luck, courtesy of Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports. When asked about Luck's potential, Irsay responded with the obvious:
“Guys like that come along so rarely," referring to prospects like Manning and Luck.
That's not the interesting quote. With many people speculating on what the Colts should do in 2012, Irsay gave an example of what he'd like to do.
“Even if that means that guy sits for three or four years, you’d certainly think about taking him … you see what Green Bay did with [Brett] Favre and [Aaron] Rodgers and you’d like to be able to do the same thing.”
Hmmm… I certainly wouldn't object to such a plan. I think it'd be amazing to have Luck be able to learn behind the G.O.A.T., but others may disagree. Some have asked that the Colts take a clear direction in 2012, with Manning or Luck, just not both. Others have contemplated stockpiling the picks in 2012 if the Colts fall upon the #1 pick, and building other important positions to give Manning everything he needs for another Super Bowl or two. Truth of the matter is, we still have a lot of time to ponder about this decision but it's not going to get any easier. Speculation is speculation. Before anything, we must wait to see if Manning is able to return healthy. Then, to score Luck, we'd have to get the #1 pick through the worst record in the league or trade up which would certainly entail a King's ransom. There are so many different scenarios that it's already becoming stress-inducing. If the Colts were to cut Manning and go all in with Luck, the decision could be a complete disaster or a decision that launched the franchise into further prosperity for possibly another decade. This is a big decision and it's going to require a lot of sleepless nights to hopefully get it right. With the way things have been going, if Manning were cut for Luck, I could see him moving on and winning another Super Bowl. Meanwhile, the Colts fall flat on their collective faces. That'd be our "Luck". UPDATE: It seems as if I'm not the only one getting tired of the constant suggestions that we should "Suck for Luck". Robert Mathis got testy, and rightfully so, when a reporter made the suggestion of the Colts rolling over to secure to the #1 pick.
"You really want me to address that?" Mathis asked. "You have to understand we're professionals. We don't go through training camp, minicamp, OTAs, offseason training just to tank a year for a college player that's unproven. To hell with that. I'm not tanking anything. You can write that. I'm not sucking for nobody."
Reggie Wayne echoed similar thoughts:
"It's ridiculous, man," Wayne said. "We've got 12 games left. Who knows what's going to happen? We don't even know if Luck is what everybody says he is. One thing we do know is there is a big difference between college and the pros. You don't know what's going to happen until he makes it to the next stage. Until then, we have our quarterbacks. We're going to go rock with them."
I'm glad to see Mathis and Wayne being so outspoken, even though they didn't need to be. If any fan is considering tanking for Luck, I'd like you to know that I don't consider you a real Colts fan. Sorry, but that's just how I feel. If the #1 pick falls into our lap because we genuinely sucked, then so be it. However, to suggest that professionals, as Mathis exclaimed, would quit on the season to win a shot at drafting a hotshot college prospect is ridiculous and totally asinine. Both Mathis and Wayne make a good point about Luck being unproven. Of course, every college quarterback is unproven until given the shot. They need someone to believe in them, otherwise Manning would have been steamrolling us for the last decade in a Chargers uniform. Regardless, I do understand where they're coming from. Luck, after all, could turn out to be the next Ryan Leaf.