Peyton Manning is clearly very frustrated. Wouldn’t you be? In the span of a single year, he has gone from one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time to wondering what his future holds. If Manning can get his neck right and it is safe for him to play next season, he isn’t even guaranteed a job with a team he has kept relevant for the past 13 years. In an extensive interview with the Indianapolis Star on Monday night, Manning sounded like his patience with the Colts is wearing thin. He said he never expected his retirement to be announced by “Sodapop Curtis,” among many other things.
“I’m not in a very good place for healing, let’s say that,” Manning said of the Colts’ facilities. “It’s not a real good environment down there right now, to say the least. Everybody’s walking around on eggshells. I don’t recognize our building right now. There’s such complete and total change.”
A 2-14 season can do that to a team. The Colts have a new general manager, Ryan Grigson. The management system has changed drastically in Indianapolis and Jim Caldwell has been fired. While he said he understands that football is a business, it sounds like Peyton is less than thrilled with the way the Colts have been cleaning house.