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Phil Simms: No Way Peyton Manning Would let Colts Draft Andrew Luck

The Indianapolis Colts reportedly would strongly consider drafting Andrew Luck if they have the opportunity. Shocker, I know, I’m also surprised to hear that they like talented players. Next thing you know we’ll be told they like winning, too. Anyway, that puts the Colts in an interesting position because if they drafted Luck, they would have him and future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.

Manning is recovering from multiple neck surgeries, but he was still one of the league’s best quarterbacks last season. Former Super Bowl MVP Phil Simms said on Inside the NFL that there’s no way Manning would allow the Colts to draft Luck.

“There is no way if Peyton Manning is given a clean bill of health — I’m going to go on that assumption — that he is going to let them draft Andrew Luck. There is no way, in my opinion, these two will be on the same team. And it’s not because Peyton doesn’t like him.

“In this day and age, even with Peyton Manning, people would be crying, ‘We’ve got to see Andrew Luck.’ ”

Simms also was critical of Luck’s ability to throw the ball, saying he was more impressed by Luck’s running ability.

“I think the analogies about Andrew Luck are going way overboard, and I think he is a terrific player. I think what gets wasted when you look at him, to me, he’s a better runner than thrower,” Simms said. “He’s Tim Tebow-like running the football, except he looks faster. But when I watch him throw, I don’t see John Elway. I don’t see Dan Marino. I don’t see Sam Bradford, who I thought was a knockdown thrower, coming out of college.”

I understand Phil’s point, but that decision obviously would not be Peyton’s. If the Colts have the chance to draft Luck, they would. And then you’d have the Brett Favre-Aaron Rodgers in a new form, only one would hope Peyton would handle things more gracefully than Brett.

Even though transitioning from Peyton Manning to Andrew Luck would be ideal for the Colts fans and franchise, Phil’s point is that it won’t be as easy as we think. Peyton still believes in himself, and he probably doesn’t like hearing talk about a replacement. It sounds weird, but at some point we have to think about Peyton eventually playing for a new team. That is, unless the Dolphins say otherwise.



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  • Anonymous

    herschel walker trade him

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    That’s if they get him over Miami. You know the Dolphins aren’t laying down and letting it happen without a fight!

  • http://twitter.com/IntheOT Chad Margulius

    The one thing that I think people are overlooking with the whole Favre Rodgers comparison is that Rodgers was not drafted 1st overall nor was he expected to be an impact player right off the bat. Most #1 overall picks dont sit on the bench for more than 1 or 2 years max. 

    Mannning will not be ready to retire by 2013 which is right about the time Luck would be in his 2nd season, plus he spent the entire four years in college which would make him 24 years old by that.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Yeah, but he was a first-round pick at a time when they didn’t necessarily need a QB, so the pressure was already on both Rodgers and Favre. 

    Hard to know what Manning will be like when he comes back from his surgery.

  • Gene

    I have no clue what Phil Simms is watching.  Maybe he thinks his son Chris was a better passer than Luck is.  Luck can throw 30 yards on a line across his body and would look even better if he had a speedy wide receiver.

    Nobody knows how Peyton Manning would react if he regained his form.  Maybe he would be an a–hole like Favre or he might be a great mentor while grooming Luck  for a few years. 

  • http://twitter.com/realgjohnson5 Tony Johnson

    Clearly Larry brown has no idea the HIGH level of influence Peyton Manning has on the Colts organization.  Technically speaking , yes , the Andrew Luck draft is not Peyton’s decision.  The Colts are 0-12 because of defensive lapses and poor offensive line play.  If Andrew Luck was playing instead of Curtis painter , the team would still be 0-12.   They have higher priority needs and the Idea that they are going to draft another Peyton Manning in the near future is total nonsense.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    OK Tony, we’ll see what you’re saying when they take Luck next year.

  • http://twitter.com/realgjohnson5 Tony Johnson

     Getting back to this.  Andrew Luck is playing well, but Peyton Manning is the MVP if he continues his pace.  Colts should not have let him go because they have little PLAYOFF experience now