NFL  > General NFL  > Plans for Peyton.. what do you think?
January 18, 2012, 09:30 PM
I honestly dont think Peyton is getting healthy like he and everyone else wants him to. He was cleared to "practice" over a month ago and I have heard no reports or even himself giving any kind of vote of confidence about his health. Its always sad to say goodbye to a legend when has to leave due to health and not on his own terms. What I woud love the most is to try try try and open the wallet to pay Peyton to be QB coach / OC. Since coaches do not go against the salary cap, they could pay him whatever they want. Tom Moore was technically the OC all these years be we all know who really ran the show. Lets face it, this is Peyton's house and he could continue to make it thrive by teaching the incredibly smart and talented Luck how to orcastrate the unique and complicated offense that he has spent years creating and perfecting. He has already spent quite a bit of time with Luck during his QB camps over the years so its not like they are strangers. And to top it off, I really dont think Peyton wants to go our like Favre with all of the fans and media shouting, "RETIRE ALREADY".
January 18, 2012  09:40 PM ET

I agree - QB coach would be great for the team and allow him to continue to do what he loves at some level. Too much of a risk to play and I just cannot see him in any other uni.

January 18, 2012  09:43 PM ET

I think you are writing him off too early. We should know by next month what his odds are for playing in 2012.

January 18, 2012  09:48 PM ET
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I think you are writing him off too early. We should know by next month what his odds are for playing in 2012.

All depending on the money, right? The guy still isn't sure his nerves are regenerating. Money won't change that...

January 18, 2012  09:56 PM ET
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I think you are writing him off too early. We should know by next month what his odds are for playing in 2012.

Maybe. But this isnt a knee or even a shoulder injury. Its a neck that has been operated on 3 times in a very short time span. Even if he does start to feel better, the last thing I want to see is Peyton as a quadriplegic with one big hit. This way he can build onto his legecy as not only one of the greatests QBs of all time but end up as one of the greatests coaches as well. Just imagine if he could command the entire team instead of just one side of the ball. With a few years being QB coach/OC, and getting experience, I believe he could do it.

January 18, 2012  10:00 PM ET
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Maybe. But this isnt a knee or even a shoulder injury. Its a neck that has been operated on 3 times in a very short time span. Even if he does start to feel better, the last thing I want to see is Peyton as a quadriplegic with one big hit. This way he can build onto his legecy as not only one of the greatests QBs of all time but end up as one of the greatests coaches as well. Just imagine if he could command the entire team instead of just one side of the ball. With a few years being QB coach/OC, and getting experience, I believe he could do it.

Playing and coaching are two different things. Great players don't always make great coaches.

January 18, 2012  10:03 PM ET
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Playing and coaching are two different things. Great players don't always make great coaches.

VERY TRUE! But he has been practically coaching that offense for many years, and I must say doing a dayum good job of it.

January 18, 2012  10:03 PM ET
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Playing and coaching are two different things. Great players don't always make great coaches.

Peyton has been calling his own plays for years. I think it would be an easy transition.

January 18, 2012  10:09 PM ET
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Peyton has been calling his own plays for years. I think it would be an easy transition.

I could see him being the offensive coordinator.

January 18, 2012  10:15 PM ET
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I could see him being the offensive coordinator.

I think it would be pretty neat. To see a player stay with his team in this age of free agency... it would add to the classiness that Manning seems to have.

January 18, 2012  10:15 PM ET

And I think there's no doubt in the world that he would help Luck immensely.

January 18, 2012  10:28 PM ET
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I think it would be pretty neat. To see a player stay with his team in this age of free agency... it would add to the classiness that Manning seems to have.

Exactly! And like I said, that is Peyton's house. I think he wants to keep it that way. Even if he never makes head coach. I think he could be equivalent of a Dick Lebeau but on the offensive side of the ball.

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January 19, 2012  01:24 PM ET

I think Manning will retire on his own terms. All this talk about him not being able to play next season is premature.

January 19, 2012  01:28 PM ET
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I think Manning will retire on his own terms. All this talk about him not being able to play next season is premature.

Let's bring in Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard for a consult.

January 19, 2012  01:33 PM ET

i think another team would take a chance on him.... don't know if he will risk futher injury to his neck. as for opening the wallet to peyton to be a OC or QB coach, there are limits to what this type of coach makes. think the hightest paid coach in the NFL is pulling $7 million/yr. that's a big pay cut and he'd likely get more playing. but, you can't pay peyton more than the HC either. will be interesting to see how this plays out...

January 19, 2012  02:00 PM ET

Luck may be an above average QB in his own right, even if Indy takes Luck, no amount of coaching will get him to run that offense the way Peyton did. Peyton is very unique...the combination of heart, desire, repetition, study habits, work ethic, overall understanding of the game...everybody's positions offensive and defensive, arm strength, ball placement, etc, etc.
Once in a lifetime QB.
Best of luck Mr. Manning.

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January 19, 2012  05:18 PM ET
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The organization says that this decision will be between Irsay & Manning...Manning has developed a lot of ties to the Indy community, and I can not see him playing for someone else...I also can't see Irsay handing him 28 Million Dollars...maybe that is why he cleaned house...

Makes no sense to clean house and keep Peyton, none what-so-ever.

Why would Peyton want to start over on a re-building team at his age? (assuming his nerves regenerate and he can actually play again).

 
January 19, 2012  06:29 PM ET
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The organization says that this decision will be between Irsay & Manning...Manning has developed a lot of ties to the Indy community, and I can not see him playing for someone else...I also can't see Irsay handing him 28 Million Dollars...maybe that is why he cleaned house...

Manning is the face of that franchise.

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