The Colts only lost 41 total regular season games in the 13 years Manning was behind center. Thirteen of those came in his rookie season. That means they lost 28 games after his rookie season until the start of this year.
This year so far without him the Colts have already lost nine. That stat says it all.
The Colts have made the argument easier for anyone who doubts that Manning is better than Tom Brady.
The Patriots were 11-5 the year they were without Brady. The Colts as of now are off to their worst start since before Manning's arrival at 0-9 and don't look to end this losing trend anytime soon.
Manning holds a greater impact on one single team than anyone else in the history of sports. This is something we've really never seen before except when LeBron "took his talents to South Beach" last summer. The only difference is at least the Cavs won some games.
This Colts team is winless and going through dismay. There's surely going to be some changes in the Colts' coaching staff and roster next season. This team right now looks to be the worst in NFL history. That's a sigh of relief for the Detroit Lions of a couple years ago since they went 0-for-the-world in becoming the first 0-16 team ever.
This Colts team actually looks worse than that team.
Many people are scratching their heads at why?
They have almost the same roster that went 14-0 to start the season off just two years ago and made a Super Bowl appearance.
The answer is now clear and that's the absence of Peyton Manning, the horrible coaching staff, and the lack of talent that we all thought the Colts had.
Manning single handily ran this team. He made players go to where they were supposed to. He got rid of the ball so fast that he hid many of the mistakes that this team had. He made throws to receivers where they didn't have to do anything but catch. He'd get it to them even if they weren't open and put it in a spot only they can get it. He'd call his own plays and wouldn't have rely on the horrible play calling by the worst offensive coordinator in the league.
Every game he'd awe us and make throws where by time the receiver turned around the ball was already there. He'd change plays and confuse the defense.
Now we see what we're really missing and what we really have.
The Colts have no playmakers. Manning made it easy for everyone. He made guys Pro Bowl talent because he was so good.
These are the top five guys that are missing him and made us find out that they're not so good after all.