Peyton Manning was drafted by this franchise in 1998. 14 years in the league. He made a multitude of players household names. Streets & hospitals are named after him. He single-handedly built Lucas Oil Stadium courtesy of his arm, his feet, & his intellect. Yet, his security within this organization remains in doubt. Will Yoda stay or will Yoda be released? Health, money, or blind loyalty which entity will ultimately win out?
Is it really as simple as the rate & speed of nerve re-generation? If Irsay knew tomorrow that the nerve generation was 75% complete, would that really put to rest restructuring contract or release rumors? Is it wrong to begin grooming Manning's eventual successor? If you were in Peyton's shoes, would you want to remain here when the vast majority of personnel you coached or trained with are now departed & gone for good?
Why wouldn't Andrew Luck or RG3 want to be tutored at the feet of the master? No one can run this offense better than the Yoda of NFL field generals can they? Is there a legitimate sales pitch being given to protect Manning with a stout defense, flawless special team's play, & a tight secondary? Or is it best to make a clean break from Yoda & move in a different direction?
If we are moving forward into a Peytonless Millennium as a franchise, why drag this tedious process out any longer? What possible purpose does delay serve? Is it fair to Peyton? To us? How do we plan on selling our loyal fan base of this drastic new direction? If I do see Peyton in a new uniform next year, how will my eyes comprehend this unthinkable nightmare anyway?
Will Andrew Luck or RG3 experience the same duplicate backlash reaction that Aaron Rodgers did when Brett Favre was let go in Green Bay? Or will our fan base rally around the new field general in Indianapolis? How will I cope with my torn allegiance to my beloved Colts & the profound respect I have for Manning when we face him as an opponent next year? If we had won the Superbowl in 2009 against the New Orleans Saints, would Manning's longevity within this organization still be in question?...My head hurts does anybody have a glass of water & an aspirin I can take now?