Re: Peyton Dissed by Colts' Radio Announcer
posted at 12/9/2010 9:38 AM EST
In Response to Re: Peyton Dissed by Colts' Radio Announcer
[QUOTE]To a degree, I agree with Lamey. I don't think the Colts should bench Manning for Painter, who looks terrible. But they should use their first selection to get Ryan Mallett and start rebuilding. At his young age Mallett already does a number of things better than Manning that could help the Colts offense now. #1 He is much, much more mobile. That means that everytime there is pressure it won't necesarily = an interception or a sack. Manning is a statue. I know... this is anathema to some Colts fans who have convinced themselves that everything that is wrong with the team is everyone but Manning, but Manning is a lot like Bledsoe.... he requires a great line, great receivers and a great running back to be competitive. Otherwise he is a human turnover. Getting someone younger with a few more QB type skills who could eventually learn to look at defenses the way Manning has, takes the pressure off of the Colts' FA to grab new WRs every draft to keep a pipeline of talent flowing.
Posted by zbellino[/QUOTE]
Silly post by someone unwilling and/or uninterested in the truth.
Or we could just have our personnel department make better decisions about the offensive line.
Look at how well Brady has been protected. A qb with that much time doesn't have to worry about a receiver missing a route or QB/receiver miscommunication, they can just wait until the receiver gets open. Brady doesn't even have to worry about a pocket developing because the tackles aren't letting the d ends/lbs beyond the line of scrimmage.
And this idea of Manning needing excellent receivers is hogwash. Last year Manning won MVP and went to the superbowl throwing 100 balls to a rookie 4th rounder and a 2nd year 6th rounder who had previously caught 4 balls in the NFL.
This year, he's got no protection and a running game to match (with RB's who are not good pass blockers-yet). He's throwing to one all pro receiver with a hamstring problem, the 6th round receiver (identified a couple of weeks ago as possibly producing the worst colts receiving year in a decade) who also has a hamstring problem, a UDFA rookie (White), and 4th rd - 3rd year TE who had previously caught 6 balls.
Practices aren't helping because these guys aren't practicing. They are nursing their injuries.
This doesn't mean that Manning isn't at fault, he is, also. Where Manning in the past has thrown balls away or eaten them, he is not this year and the question has to be why?
A good offensive line cures a lot of ills. The colts front office has addressed the issue and has failed. The loss of Howard Mudd also likely has something to do with this. When a defense can rush 3 or 4 and put pressure on the quarterback while dropping everyone else into coverage on any play that is beyond 2 yards for a 1st down, a team has a problem.