Here's Bill Polian talking about Manning, the Colts, Irsay and the top draft picks. To me, a very positive report on Manning.
Wonderful wonderful interview. Great questions, great tone throughout... All-around amazing. But I´m left frustrated. The one question I really wanted them to ask was about what the Polians would (likely) have done in the draft, and I´m not talking about Luck vs Griffin. Would they have taken a QB even if Peyton was healthy, or would they have traded the pick? Seeing how the two hosts asked Polian about whether it´s wise to invest so much money in a QB, it would have been an incredibly hard-hitting and pertinent question to ask whether it´s good for a team to spend heavily on two of them, especially in an heir apparent situation. Loved Polian saying "you have to sacrifice" at some other spots, by the way.
As for the Peyton news, I don´t think it was unqualified, unbriddled optimism, and there´s still some concern, but clearly Peyton is not crippled, nor incapable of ever playing again. All the doom and gloom has clearly been too much, in my opinion. I believe Peyton will play again, and I wish I could be jumping for joy, but I have a nagging, dreary feeling that the Colts will blow this and not trade the pick, which would ruin the end of Peyton´s career, so I don´t know if I´m supposed to want Peyton to stay with the Colts or if I root for him to go to a team solely devoted to him as QB. Please, Irsay, give me my smile back by proving me wrong trading the pick, keeping Mathis, Garçon, Saturday, and making the Colts the instrument of domination they will be in the hands of Peyton Perfect Manning.
What was also interesting to me is that Polian seemed intelligent, professional, grounded - just a smart guy. So, perhaps he's a tyrant, but he's a very smart guy it appears.
@Goeland For what it's worth, I'm now 99% certain that they're not trading the pick, and about 80% sure that Peyton's getting cut. Polian's assessment of his recovery adds to my belief that he'll play again, but doesn't make me think it will be sooner than later. If I had to bet, I'd say he'll be ready to play part way into next season, and it will be for whatever team decides to take on the risk/reward scenario that the Colts are going to pass up in favor of drafting Luck.
@buymymonkey Anyone who says he isn´t off-the-charts brilliant is reacting out of spite.
Me! Monkey! (You Tarzan?) @Peyton for President
p.s. And yes, saying all that so matter of factly made me despair enough to change my avatar to all black.
@buymymonkey You get a liked comment just for the link. You made my day. How the heck did you know I was outside swinging from the trees?
@pierrezombie I´m on the Depression train, headed to Misery Town, in a cloud of Quiet Despair.
@Peyton for PresidentOnce I saw little Cheeta picking nits from your hair, I knew you were the ape man! :-) Not sure what that means.
Actually, over on SB, Stew Blake posted a real nice transcription of the interview. On further thought, that's what I'll do from now on - I'll not just post the link.