A curious article was published by the New York Daily News yesterday, as - according to writer Gary Myers - former G.M. Bill Polian was interested in drafting Luck and keeping Manning before he was fired. Polian, currently working for ESPN as an "Insider" writer, spoke to the Daily News on Wednesday.
Polian knew it would be a drain on the Colts’ salary cap, but he wanted to keep Manning — he obviously went on to make a full recovery from the surgery — and let Luck sit and learn from Manning. “Andrew would have backed him up for a couple of years. When the time was right, he would have stepped in."
Curiously, with Miami's former G.M. now scouting new jobs instead of new players, Polian has been mentioned as a possibly candidate for the Dolphins. While he's far down on the list, and would have to leave his job with ESPN, bringing in one of the best G.M.s of the last two decades could work for the Dolphins.
Also in the article: comparisons between Manning and Luck, comparisons between first round picks, and the "perfect handoff" analogy. Over. And over.
Also, it's kind of funny/ironic that after all the heat Nate took for supporting Polian over the years, it turns out that the plan Polian wanted for Peyton/Luck is the exact one Nate thought would have wrecked the franchise.
Interesting that we still don't know if that plan is WHY Irsay fired Polian. Wonder if we'll ever know?
Also, if this part isn't just hindsight by Polian, then that's a crazy repercussion of the lockout. Imagine if we had 2013 Peyton plus Kaepernick waiting in the wings, but Luck was playing for the likes of Jacksonville...
Polian said the Colts “were in the right place at the right time,” to get Luck. “More power to them.”
He revealed that if he knew how serious Manning’s neck injury was at the time of the 2011 draft, he would have taken either Colin Kaepernick or Andy Dalton in the first round.
“We loved them both,” he said.'
I will admit that I originally wanted to keep Manning and have Luck learn under him. But now that we've seen Andrew Luck's ability, it would have been wasted years. Say Luck was under Peyton for 3 years. Would the experience gained be worth losing 3 years of game-experience? No chance.
Now if we could hire Peyton when he retires as an offensive/QB consultant, I'd be down with that.