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Yes, Hasselbeck wanted to start

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07:01 AM ET 07.08 | As free agent veteran, Matt Hasselbeck certainly had offers -- so many that his own phone wasn't enough. On vacation with his family in the Bahamas, Hasselbeck spent so much time discussing his future with his agent over the phone that AT&T shut off his service. ("Something about going over my international minutes," he says with a laugh.) So he grabbed his daughter's phone and listened as one team after another made its case. No franchise chased harder than the Indianapolis Colts. ... He wavered. "People ask me, 'Was it a priority that you be the starting quarterback?'" Hasselbeck said. "Yeah, that's what I wanted." [Chuck Pagano] asked him to look beyond that. So Hasselbeck reassessed.

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July 8, 2013  07:26 AM ET

One thing Andrew Luck has that Peyton Manning NEVER had in Indy... A good backup QB.

July 8, 2013  08:07 AM ET

By the 2nd semester of kindergarten Peyton found little need for a backup QB.

July 8, 2013  08:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

One thing Andrew Luck has that Peyton Manning NEVER had in Indy... A good backup QB.

Until 2011, Peyton Manning never needed a backup QB.

July 8, 2013  08:08 AM ET

Hassellbeck IS a good starting QB. He's good for about 2-3 starts per season. He's just never been consistent on a week-to-week basis.

July 8, 2013  08:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

By the 2nd semester of kindergarten Peyton found little need for a backup QB.

In retrosperct, I bet he wishes he'd had Curtis Painter wear the fairy wings for him, though.

July 8, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Last time I was in the Bahamas they didn't have cell service at all. They did however charge me $100 to take my cell phone into the country.

July 8, 2013  08:35 AM ET
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Last time I was in the Bahamas they didn't have cell service at all. They did however charge me $100 to take my cell phone into the country.

Who charged you? The Bahamas or the cell phone company?

We forget how good we have it with cell phones here until we try to go out of the country.

July 8, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Wow, an aging QB with declining skills who understands that, accepts his fate, and is still happy to be a part of a team?

I'm confused.

July 8, 2013  08:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Wow, an aging QB with declining skills who understands that, accepts his fate, and is still happy to be a part of a team?I'm confused.

I Know. I'm still trying to wrap my head around it.

July 8, 2013  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

One thing Andrew Luck has that Peyton Manning NEVER had in Indy... A good backup QB.

True, but a good back up never would have played in 2011 for the Colts. That would have messed up the plan. They went in the tank, by design. NO effort was ever made when Peyton went down to get a QB, they knew Painter was garbage and did not mind one bit.

July 8, 2013  09:23 AM ET

Tom Brady The Ultimate Backup!!!

July 8, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Who charged you? The Bahamas or the cell phone company?We forget how good we have it with cell phones here until we try to go out of the country.

The Grand Bahama Government. The phone was built in to my briefcase and had two batteries the size of a hard drive. It weighed about 15 pounds. Can't imagine even getting that thing on a plane these days. I'd be shot at the gate.

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July 8, 2013  10:54 AM ET
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A guy such as Hasselback has to ask himself, "Do I want to start for a $hi++y team, or do I want to be a backup on a Super Bowl contender?"

Or, "How many million dollars are they going to pay me to hold a clipboard? Really?"

July 8, 2013  11:17 AM ET

What they wanted was a quality guy to have around Luck, beyond just having a highly competent backup. I doubt they could have done better. But hopefully the first thing he'll teach him is to never make wildly bold predictions during overtime coin tosses. He's been there and done that. Probably still sees the results in his nightmares. I know I do.

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July 8, 2013  12:14 PM ET

T.O.'s agent called. Just letting the teams know that TO played some QB in High School.

July 8, 2013  12:26 PM ET
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The Grand Bahama Government. The phone was built in to my briefcase and had two batteries the size of a hard drive. It weighed about 15 pounds. Can't imagine even getting that thing on a plane these days. I'd be shot at the gate.

Steve... Next time you tell that story, just say "It was an old **** bag phone."

July 8, 2013  12:43 PM ET
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The Grand Bahama Government. The phone was built in to my briefcase and had two batteries the size of a hard drive. It weighed about 15 pounds. Can't imagine even getting that thing on a plane these days. I'd be shot at the gate.

Was it a satellite phone? More like a car phone? What kind of service could you get with it?

 
July 8, 2013  03:54 PM ET
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True, but a good back up never would have played in 2011 for the Colts. That would have messed up the plan. They went in the tank, by design. NO effort was ever made when Peyton went down to get a QB, they knew Painter was garbage and did not mind one bit.

So Kerry Collins acquisition was just a way for Polian to pay an old friend some new money? You REALLY think they tanked on purpose? Then why carry Manning on the roster at all? Wouldn't it have made more sense to release him and save about $20,000,000.

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