We are now four days removed from the Indianapolis Colts final game of the 2016 regular season. One in which fans had to witness another disappointing 8-8 season.
The worst part was likely the fact that the Colts had a healthy Andrew Luck for 15 games this season. Luck, a year removed from an injury riddled 2015 season, set career highs in QBR (71.2) and yards per attempt (7.78).
Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson paired him with their worst defense during this regime. The Colts finished 30th in overall defense, 27th in passing defense and 25th in rushing defense. By far the worst since both took over in 2012.
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Fast forward to now. Owner Jim Irsay has yet to address the state of his team. And the longer he goes silent the more the media will start to wonder what is going on with this team.
Rumors have been swirling around for over a week that Peyton Manning might be interested in returning home. The GOAT would be in line to take over for Grigson as the GM. However, apparently the talks with Irsay have stalled over a stake in ownership.
So for now it looks as though that Irsay will not budge on letting Manning have a piece of the team. But why not?
Without Manning this franchise would not have won Super Bowl XLI. Nor would have been the juggernaut of the AFC South for over a decade.
Manning might not have the experience in the front office. But his ability to turn players like Blair White, Jacob Tamme and Ben Utech into solid starters is nothing short of amazing. And we all know that their is no better player in NFL history than Manning at running a team on the field. Pre-snap or not.
A guy like Peyton knows talent. There is no question about that. Could he fail in the front office however? Sure, anyone could. But the recent success of John Elway in Denver should be enough for Irsay to give him a chance.
The question at this point though is this. Will he?