I don't care what the numbers say, I still don't think Peyton ever looked like the same old Peyton to me this year. It's not a knock on him either, happens to everyone at some time. He was still very very good this year at times, much better then expected which made many feel hesitant about the decision. But, based on the eye test alone we have seen the very best Manning can do and the Manning of the past IMO might have carved those Ravens up in the playoffs which is sad to see since that is a team Peyton has always owned. Perhaps he is better next season with another year, perhaps not. Time will tell, same with his team in Denver.
We were never going to have both Manning/Luck. The pre Manning release dream was never going to happen.
Look at how bad many feel seeing Manning lose with the Broncos. Imagine how badly you would feel if this was the Colts and we had another one and done with him and Luck was doing well on another team as he did on the Colts this season. Manning on the Colts next season at 37 and still more holes to fill on the roster......does not sound overly appealing to me.
I think the problem is also that this Denver situation might not end up roses and peaches like many had hoped. It is a good team but hardly the super power they were made out to be as they beat up on a lot of weak competition this year while losing to good teams early in the year. This Denver team at times to me became overly inflated due to the playoff win over the Steelers which was a miracle in itself at times to me lol.
Yes the Colts made the right decision. We have a young/healthy QB for a long time hopefully who has shown great promise in his rookie season and we can still rebuild around him without having the SB or bust expectations his first few seasons.
With Peyton everyone would be complaining even more if he was here that we wasted another year of him...cause we all knew deep down this team was not going to the SB even with Manning.
Luck is going to be a good one though, there should be no regrets here IMO. He is the right QB and leader for us at this time and times have changed.
I will say this though, I think I would rather have Peyton right now then RG3. I don't trust RG3 not to get hurt......