Notes and Quotes: Manning Appears at Practice

After two weeks of bad news, I'm going to savor any good things that come out of the Colts. Peyton Manning has attended practice! More on the issue from Phil B. Wilson from the Indy Star:

Peyton Manning sighting at practice today. #Colts QB was walking around the field while players started workout. Manning walking at a brisk pace. #Colts QB seemed in good spirits. Teased TV cameramen about wanting a copy of footage for his scrapbook. WR Reggie Wayne took a look at Peyton Manning pacing and made a raised-eyebrow gaze at reporters, drawing more attention to it.

Nice to see Manning out and about, especially with him talking and joking with the media. It may be of very little significance, but by golly I'm going to take it. Jeff Saturday on the Colts making changes:

 "From our standpoint, it's a long season. We've got to keep working every week. We're not a big change type team. The reality is we have to be consistent, play better. As a player who's been here for 13 years, I hope we don't go through a lot of changes because I might be the first. You don't need to change a bunch of people."

The Colts need to make some changes for this year if they want to win without Peyton Manning. The team simply isn't built to win without him. But, if they're planning on Manning being healthy next year, then I agree, big changes aren't necessary (although I wouldn't mind a few). Kerry Collins on the red zone:

"We moved the ball effectively [against Cleveland]. Got in the red zone three times and came away with three field goals. We have to do a better job of capitalizing on those opportunities when we get them."

The red zone and third down conversions were the Colts' two biggest weaknesses on offense against the Browns. While Peyton Manning is the best in the league at those two categories, Kerry Collins has been awful. Jim Caldwell takes responsibility:

"I am responsible, I am accountable, and I don’t shy away from that. My job is to get us to the point where we are winning games more consistently, plain and simple.”

Nice to see Caldwell taking the blame, even if he's not a good coach, I do respect him as a leader. From Sunday's game, Fili Moala and Ryan Diem both suffered ankle injuries. As of now, the extent of those injuries is unknown. Diem was in a walking boot for Monday's practice.

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.