Alex Marvez agrees with Bob Kravitz: the Caldwell firing is step 2 in a 3 part process. That third part? Releasing Manning:
The latter hasn’t happened yet, but it’s assuredly coming. Peyton Manning’s contract dictates the Colts must wait until March before they can officially say adieu.
Don’t be fooled by new general manager Ryan Grigson’s proclamation that Tuesday’s decision to fire head coach Jim Caldwell isn’t tied to Manning’s eventual fate. It’s naïve to believe Manning’s future is “something that has not been discussed” internally, as Grigson proclaimed during a news conference. That would require one to believe the topic wasn’t broached during Grigson’s recent job interview with Colts owner Jim Irsay.
Trust me: They didn’t spend hours dissecting the rock 'n' roll song lyrics Irsay quotes on Twitter.
I couldn't disagree more. That doesn't mean I believe Manning is returning. What I believe to be true is that the Colts will make the decision independent of the coaching and GM decision. Manning must be healthy to return. Until the Colts know that the rest is speculation. What the Colts will not do is toss a healthy Manning aside as a result of firing Caldwell.
What good is it for the Colts if he stays. With the so so linemen they have he won't get the protection and winds laying on the ground half the time. Look at Ben on the Steelers he is all the ground 5 or 6 times a game. Peyton is older. Defense what defense. There is no way Peyton will come close to taking them to the plays offs. They need help everywhere.
Yep. We won't know jack until March. Making a decision now without knowing Manning's health would just be bad management.
It's not that Manning and Caldwell are joined at the hip. Of course Peyton could succeed with a different coach. I believed Manning was gone after listening to the press conference. Grigson not having spoken to Manning yet. Certain language that was repeated throughout. You don't even have to read between the lines. The writing is on the wall. Manning isn't coming back.
I think it is amazing that all of the professional sports writers and news people spend so much time speculating what Peyton Manning is doing with his career or what the Colts are going to do with him. I suspect that Manning doesn’t know for sure what his health is going to be yet. But I would think he wants to play football in Indy and I would also think that either Luck or RGIII would like to play in Indy as well. I am a Colts fan now and I have been every since they became the Indianapolis Colts. They sucked in the beginning and when Jim Irsay took over he did many things right and we had a good run for the last 13 years excluding 2011. I just think it would be a good idea to let it rest until we all know if Peyton is even going to be able to play. If he is able, then we will see what happens. If he can’t play maybe he will stay with Colts as QB Coach or in some other capacity.
No, if he can't play, he should retire and sail off into the sunset. No need to create an even bigger shadow than will already be there by standing on the sidelines during every game.