Can Peyton Manning and the Colts Survive 2009?

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Can Peyton Manning and the Colts Survive 2009?

On May 15, it was announced that 70-year old Offensive Coordinator Tom Moore and 67-year old Offensive Line Coach Howard Mudd have retired from the Indianapolis Colts.

There main reason for retiring according to the USA Today was changes in the leagues pension plan. It is possible that if the league makes corrections to the pension policy that the two could return to the team later this offseason.

Otherwise, if a resolution is not reached, the two may return to the team as special consultants once training camp starts.

Peyton Manning has had as much stability in his coaching staff as any Hall of Fame caliber quarterback in recent history. This is a major adjustment for Manning. The only two head coachs he has had since coming into the NFL in 1998 have been Jim Mora from 1998 to 2001 and Tony Dungy from 2002 to 2008.

It was going to be a big enough adjustment having Dungy gone and Jim Caldwell in his place. Tom Moore was the only offensive coordinator Manning had ever had. Howard Mudd is the only offensive line coach the Colts have had since drafting Manning in 1998.

It is amazing that they have been able to keep this continuity. Most times when an offense is as successful as the Colts, for as long as the Colts have been successful, the result is coordinators that become head coaches.

The Colts were lucky that Moore and Mudd were in their late 50s when Peyton Manning got there, but also didn’t have any ambitions to become head coaches. The result has been this continuity, which has been a big benefit to the Colts.

Many fans are going to take two extreme positions. Many of the people that are big fans of Peyton Manning are going to dismiss this as nothing more than a bump in the road. Many of the people that don’t like Peyton Manning are going to be predicting doom and gloom...

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