It really is the end of an era. Colts vs. Patriots was a lock on the schedule every year. I remember watching Peyton Manning and the Colts decimate the Pats on a Monday night game that had us so frusterated that we left at halftime (or maybe a little into the third).
The press conference was definitely emotional. I you can understand why. I mean, he’s been with the organization since he was drafted. For all the fumbling by the owner with his “ums” during the press conference, the message was very clear. He will always be a Colt.
So now what? Well, personally I think that him going to the Jets or Dolphins is a scary prospect.
For all that there are question marks on his health, I think the Jets were a decent quarterback away from the Super Bowl two years ago. But I don’t think that they’re that team anymore. I think there are more pieces missing than there were a couple years ago and this would blow up in their face like the Favre experiment (minus the sexting).
The Dolphins wouldn’t scare me as much as the Jets. They’re franchise is in a greater state of disrepair.
I’ve heard the Texans. Nope. With a healthy Shaub they had a chance to go pretty deep last year in the playoffs. His injury was the only thing that derailed their chances.
If I’m Peyton, I’m looking at the NFC West. You have your choice of jobs and you have to imagine that all of those teams would be calling (maybe not St Louis).
The Cardinals and Larry Fitzgerald seem like the smartest place. With Beenie Wells in a reduced roll as just a compliment to Peyton and the passing offense, I think the overall offense would flourish.
The Seahawks I think aren’t as close as the Cardinals are. Sure they won their division two years ago, with a 7-9 record, but I think if Peyton wants to win, he’d go AZ over Seattle.
Then there was the rumor of the 49ers. I just don’t see it. I mean sure Alex Smith isn’t Peyton, but he brought that team to the NFC Championship last season. They’re working on a deal with Smith so you’d have to imagine that Peyton wouldn’t be their priority.
Bottom line on the whole thing, it will be interesting. But we all know it won’t be the same, even if he brings Reggie Wayne with him. The rivalry with Brady and the Pats is over with the Colts. It will be missed.