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unitaswestand

Fairy Tale Silver Lining To All Of This

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First of all, I HATE seeing the Colts lose. I have been a Colts fan since 1975 when I was a little kid. I have watched every game they have played since NFL Ticket was introduced. So by no means do I want to see them lose another game.

So I am looking for a silver lining to all of this and I came up with this. Let's pretend Peyton has playing this year with all the other factors being the same. Same injuries. Same defensive problems. My guess is the Colts would be probably 5-3 right now. Peyton would pay well enough to somehow get them into the playoffs, but the poor defensive play would ultimately cost them in the playoffs.

Now lets look at what is likely going to happen. The Colts, without Peyton, are going to have likely a Top 4 pick, if not the #1. If they have the #1 pick and Peyton is healthy, which I completely expect him to be, they will trade that pick to a team like Miami who also has a very night pick for a bonanza of picks. Since this is all make believe, lets say the Colts trade the #1 pick to Miami for their #1 pick, which is a top 5, and their #1 pick next year. Now the Colts have the ability of picking two blue chip players in the next two drafts, plus their own #1 in 2013. I think Justin Blackmon would be the pick in 2012 with the pick obtained from Miami and he woudl become the next great Colt receiver. With their high #2, the pick a cornerback. So in 2012 we are looking at Peyton Manning being back, a much improved offensive line and running attack, his same weapons plus Blackmon, and hopefully a new defensive coordinator running a more base 4-3 zone or bump and run. I don't think it is too far fetched to say the Colts are Super Bowl contenders. After all, this is essentially the same team that made the Super Bowl two seasons back who couldn't run. And in 2013 we have have Miami's top 10 pick as well, and we get a stud cornerback.

I know, I know, this is all speculation. But after the Colts win the Super Bowl in 2013 and 2014, we will look back and say "If we didn't have that down year, we would have never gotten those blue chip players and the coaching staff changed to get us to this level". At least that is my hope. Again, it sucks. I will be pulling for my beloved Colts to go 8-8 this year, but as things are going, it doesn't seem likely. So I have to find that silver lining.

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Good post again and I second that I would love to see this happen. We won't know for a while but keeping fingers crossed for a good outcome for Peyton and the Colts.

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