A few days ago, during ESPN's show 'On the Clock,' Mel Kiper Jr. and Trent Dilfer had this to say about the Colts.
Dilfer: "There has never been a team with more flaws covered up by a quarterback."
Kiper: "But I think what you look at with the Indianapolis Colts team, where would they be without Peyton? Picking one, two, three, four [overall] clearly. Trent, Where would they be?"
Dilfer: "You're right, definitely the top seven."
Kiper: "They'd be one of the worst teams in the NFL without Peyton Manning, No. 18."
I respect Kiper (Dilfer not so much) and value his opinion when it comes to the draft. However, on this exchange, they are wrong.
No doubt Peyton is the engine that makes the Colts go. He is one of the best quarterbacks of all time. But there are a lot of guys in the Colts locker room who would take great offense to comments above.
Football, after all, is a team game, and Peyton Manning doesn't play defense. Plus, you can't tell me that the Colts' 115 regular season wins in a decade—the most in the history of the NFL—were all because of Peyton.
Even the great Mr. Manning has an off day or two every now and again, right?
The following slides are of Colts players who deserve a little more respect.