Tanking season absurd
Kevin Van Valkenburg
Anyone who thinks the Colts should essentially tank this season to position themselves in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes is being completely naive. If Indianapolis really wants Luck and they're not in a position to draft him in 2012, they should just offer whatever it takes to get him.
But suggesting they throw the season is absurd. And doing it might even be illegal. Imagine the gambling implications alone if Joseph Addai decided to start intentionally fumbling whenever he sniffed the end zone. I'm not sure the U.S. Department of Justice would be able to ignore that kind of massive fraud.
Indianapolis shouldn't panic. Have enough pride to see how the first month plays out.
Luck has great potential
If Andrew Luck ends up as highly rated as everyone thinks he will be, the Colts should absolutely make a play for him if he is within their sights.
Every team should. Luck could be the type of quarterback who comes along once every decade or so — kind of like Peyton Manning. And really, the Colts should be interested in Luck regardless of Manning's situation. Even if he's healthy, you can't expect more than three or four years of high quality play from him.
Luck, on the other hand, is expected to play for 15 years at a high level. A smart team, regardless of their quarterback situation, never would pass up a great quarterback prospect like Luck. And the Colts, with Bill Polian in charge, are a smart team.
Peyton Manning may not ever play again. Or he may feel well enough to come back this season. It will be his decision only.
Apart from that, the Colts probably aren't quite the 3-13 or 2-14 caliber they would need to be to end up with the Luck-y first overall selection in the 2012 draft. They got waxed in the opener on the road against one of the most talented teams in the league, so it's important not to overreact to that.
In addition, the Colts' home schedule is very soft, with games against the Browns, Chiefs, Panthers, Jaguars and Titans all in the mix. Even without Peyton taking a single snap, the Colts look like a five-win team, nowhere near where the teams in the Luck lotto will reside.
It's way too soon
Los Angeles Times
We're one game into the season. One game! It's silly to suggest that after one week a team should just tank it, write off the season and give up in hopes of finishing with the NFL's worst record.
A lot of things can happen between now and April, not the least of which could be Manning healing quicker than expected or Luck getting hurt.
Besides, it's not as if Luck is the only possible solution; there are other quarterbacks out there. Maybe he's a generational player, maybe he isn't.
To suggest the Colts call it a season now is just dumb.