As many of you are aware, Peyton Manning has recently voiced his frustrations regarding the Colts' coaching situation. In the wake of the departures of former offensive coordinator Tom Moore and former offensive-line coach Howard Mudd, Manning doesn't appear too pleased with how the Colts' coaching staff is growing into their new roles.
"They're not offering a lot of coaching out there, I can assure you of that."
That is the line I hear repeated over and over again and it was those words that have shaken the faith of many Colts fans. While his displeasure can never be a good sign, I don't feel that the world is about to crumble in Indianapolis.
To understand the situation, you first have to understand Peyton Manning.
As much as the media blows things out of proportion when star players do not participate in OTAs (Official Team Practices), the most important aspect to note is the fact that these activities are voluntary.
Many people are aware of that but even while knowing that is the case, media sources have a way of blasting certain players for not being there, which in turn creates a greater aura of importance over these activities.
Even Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne hasn't attended these activities, and Reggie is far from a player who lacks character or passion. Those who do decide to attend should be entitled to proper recognition.
Any time you sacrifice your own personal time (and what really is an NFL player's only vacation) to better hone your skills, you are showing a solid degree of dedication. I could tell you that these OTAs are not as important as you might think, but I guarantee you that Peyton Manning would disagree with me.
That's the point.
No. 18 is No. 18.
Peyton Manning is not your normal football player. He's not even remotely similar to your abnormally obsessive football player. Peyton Manning was born, hatched out of a Wilson football, and knows of nothing else in life.
His dedication to the sport of football boarders on the insane and it is that level of dedication that has separated him from ever other player at the position.
With the exception of the physical tools required (which we know he has), what else do you think it takes to become the most productive player in NFL history?
So, while I'm certain that Peyton is correct in his negative coaching observations, it's obviously bound to disturb more than it would other players at the position.
While there are players who run through OTA drills as if they're playing in the backyard, I assure you that No. 18 trains as if he's preparing for the Super Bowl.
You haven't heard any other Colts players voice their displeasure, have you?
The rest of the team might not think the situations is as big a deal as Peyton Manning obviously does. Then again, I don't know how many players have reached a status where it can become acceptable to publicly criticize your coaching staff in the fashion that Manning has.
Not to justify his actions, but Manning knows better than anyone how to handle the media.
I'm sure that this voice of displeasure didn't come out to the media before it was vocalized elsewhere. If the rest of the team hasn't taken the issue as seriously as Manning, perhaps he had to resort to something I'm sure wasn't his first option.
I'm not trying to justify actions which many might consider to be unprofessional, I just trust Manning's judgement and feel that his personality better be understood before over-analyzing the situation to a degree that creates panic.
Fear not Indianapolis faithful, the situation is in the hands of someone more than capable of handling it.