If you’ve been following the “Manning Tour” then I’m sure you’ve heard that the Tennessee Titans are at the top of the list as to where Peyton Manning might end up. I can hear all the Colts fan voices in my head. “Why Peyton, why?”
Now, you have Chris Johnson, a great O-line and the fact that it’s Tennessee, I get that. What I don’t get is the fact that Nashville, TN is just a little south of Indianapolis where, some day, there will be a statue of the man who brought pro football to Indiana. The Titans also just happen to be a division rival since the first year of Indy’s move to the AFC South. Was the love fest at the Colts complex when Jim Irsay released Peyton just a facade? Does Peyton have revenge in heart or is it just good business? I don’t know, but what I do know is that if Peyton goes to the Titans and has to play Indy twice a year, then Mr Luck is going to have to grow up immediately. If for no other reason than to save face for Irsay and the city of Indianapolis. Do you remember what Manning told Bill Polian if he didn’t draft Peyton? “If you don’t draft me, I will come back and kick your ass for the next ten years”. Well it won’t be for ten years, but it will be at least two or three years that the Colts will wish they had let Manning retire as a Colt. In my opinion the Titans become an immediate contender for the AFC South, AFC Conference and the SuperBowl.
As of right now this is all rumors and guessing, so I will be crossing my fingers and hope that he ends up in Denver or, better yet, in the NFC West.
I wanted to add that the re-signing of Reggie Wayne was a bit of a suprise to me. On the other hand, it makes sense. If you have to start a rookie quarterback then you might want to have a veteren receiver to get him through what will inevitably be a rough rookie year. You don’t want to have Blair White or the often injured Austin Collie as the veteren leadership a rookie quarterback is going to need at receiver, even if Luck (or RG III) is a natural leader.
Oh how this off-season and regular season is going to be fun. I can’t wait, so follow me through all the drama of the ups and downs of the NEW Indianapolis Colts.
About the Author
Written by Rich Marchione
I have lived in Indiana most of my life with the exception a stint in the Marine Corps in the early 80's. I currently live in Anderson, IN, where the Colts camp out for the summer. I have followed the Colts since the Jeff George days. Back then you had to go to the game to watch them because they weren't very good and around Indiana basketball was king, so they were never on television. Then Peyton showed up and the rest was history. Now he's gone and we start a new era. I am excited about all the new changes and will be following them closely. I am married to Cynthia Marchione, I have one daughter, Kaylee and three step-children, Jason, Autumn and Nikki. I also have eight grandchildren.