It was a strange sight seeing Kerry Collins behind center in a Colts uniform. In the first game of the season as he was being pressured, he throws the ball directly into the hands of the Texans defender. The reality of the situation hit Indy head on... The Colts sucked without Peyton Manning. They were behind by 35 at half. And there was no hope of any kind of comeback...
It was really strange seeing them play without him last yr to say the least. And will be considerably stranger to see him play in another uniform. But I must say, in the last few years, as I have witnessed the decline of the Colts as a team, I really wanted to see him go to a team with more solid pieces around him. The $ and coaching situation didnt really allow for that. And I was not shocked at all at the way they played last year. And I really wouldnt mind seeing that for the next couple of years. I would consider myself a Colts fan, as I rooted for them fifteen stinkin yrs ago when Jim Harbaugh was the qb. But right now Im more of a Manning fan. And I would much rather see him close out his career in success, rather than in duress. And tho I respect the Colts decision and I think that in many ways they are headed in the right direction; I hope that while Manning finishes out his career in Denver, the Colts dont have a lot of success in the meantime.
All of that being said I am happy with the decision he made to go to Denver. There are solid pieces on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. And they really seem to have good leadership here with Elway and Fox calling the shots. And I must say that the fan base here seems to be really solid. In Indy Peyton turned a basketball city into a football city. It seems like the Denver fans have been around longer and know more about the game. So with a little pride I am currently referring to myself as a Denver fan! I hope that you can welcome any Indy folks as they hop on the bandwagon!
It looks like there is still some work to do to do to complete this team. On offense its my only hope to bring in Brandon Stokley to give Peyton some more familiarity. Hes always had a good slot guy that he can depend on. And I think having Stokley would be significant in this first year as PM makes the transition. But what I really want to see is to continue to work on making that defense as good as it can be. For years the Colts had a soft defense. And in the playoffs it always seemed to haunt them. I would love to see this defense be one of the better ones in the league.. Offensively they will score points with who they have. The last few yrs, PM had solid recievers, decent pass protection, and maybe the worst run blocking team in the league. And they scored points. I think this offense could be better. So i really hope they focus the $ on the defensive side of the ball!
So Im certainly not an expert, but perhaps they can cut Goodman, sign a solid DT, Draft either Brockers or Still in the first round, Draft a solid corner to take Goodmans spot, and go from there. It seems like cutting Goodman would be good to make room to spend a little money for defensive tackle. Maybe this would be dumb: but whats the latest on Albert Haynesworth? Hes such a big dude and if you dont have to spend a lot of money on him, maybe hes worth taking a shot at since that position is so thin right now. I think resigning Thomas and grabbing Okoye would be a priority. But I would be excited to see him jump on board.
Well it feels good to ramble a little bit! I look forward to the draft, training camp, then the start of the season.. Denver is getting a special football player and class act. Whatever happens, Peytons gonna give everything he can to the Denver Broncos from here on out. And its my hope that the rest of the organization and fan base will do the same!