5 Indianapolis Colts Players Whose Value Peyton Manning Completely Overinflated
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.
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Many including myself thought this former first-round pick of the 2003 NFL draft would be ranked as one of the best tight ends to ever play the game.
With Manning behind center, Dallas Clark's career flourished.
He made the Pro Bowl in 2009 and was a two-time All Pro.
He also won the tight end of the year award in 2009 as well.
He's broke many of former Colts tight end John Mackey's records and is now considered the best tight end to ever put on a Colts uniform.
Now, however, we're questioning whether he's a phony.
Just two years ago he was a 100 reception receiver. He had over 1,100 yards that season.
With Manning, he had 393 receptions for 4,535 yards and 44 touchdowns.
Now through nine games, he's only had 28 receptions for 287 yards and two touchdowns.
He's dropped countless passes this season and doesn't appear to even be trying. He has more receptions, yards and touchdowns last year than this year, and he only played six games last season.
He hasn't had more than six catches in a game all year including a total of zero in the rout by the Saints.
I said going into this year Clark would be the MVP of the team without Manning due to his ability to make it hard to cover him and not afraid to go in the middle of the field. He's done none of that this year and may be the easiest guy to cover in the league.
I can assure you no one misses Manning more than Clark, and he's shown us that this year.
His career as a Colt may be done soon because of Manning's absence, and this latest injury won't help either.
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Austin Collie is another receiver who's missing Peyton Manning.
Collie flew under the radar and quickly became one of Manning's favorite targets.
He had 60 receptions as a rookie in 2009 for 676 yards and seven touchdowns. He was a huge help in the slot position for the Colts Super Bowl run.
In 2010, Collie started off strong and was in the running for one of the best receivers in the league. Unfortunately, he suffered two very bad concussions and his career was in jeopardy.
Despite those two concussions, Collie finished with great numbers.
Collie had 58 receptions for 649 yards and eight touchdowns, and he missed a considerable amount of time. Imagine where he would have been statistically if the concussions never would have happened. He only played nine games last season.
Fast forward to this season, and Collie was cleared to play and is healthy. There's no concussion-like symptoms, and he's healthy like he was before the concussions.
He's played in all nine games this year, and his stats are way off compared to his nine games played last year.
Collie has 24 receptions for 215 yards and zero touchdowns. That's 34 less receptions, 434 less yards and nine less touchdowns.
Don't tell me the concussions are a result of this, because if they were he wouldn't even be out on the field. The NFL is big on concussions, and if he wasn't 100 percent healthy, he wouldn't be playing.
This is a direct result of not having Manning throwing to you.
Like Clark, Collie's days as a Colt may be numbered and he could be let go as soon as next season if he doesn't step it up or show he can be a factor.
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Jeff Saturday was considered one of the best centers in the NFL when he was snapping the ball to Manning.
He is a five-time Pro Bowl selection, four-time all-pro and was the 2007 offensive lineman of the year.
The Saturday-to-Manning exchange went together like peanut butter and jelly. It just clicked, and Saturday always knew what to do.
Now, Saturday is looking bad without Manning.
It's hard to judge an offensive lineman due to his not being judged on many stats, but look at how many fumbled snaps have happened this year compared to the years past.
There's been as much if not more fumbled center-to-quarterback exchanges between Saturday and quarterbacks Kerry Collins and Curtis Painter this year than there's ever been between Saturday and Manning for 13 years.
Without Manning, Saturday is no longer in the conversation for the best center in the league let alone a Pro Bowl.
Saturday is getting up there in age, and his days as a Colt are numbered like the previous two.
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Jacob Tamme quickly became an NFL and fantasy football stud once starting tight end Dallas Clark went out with a season ending injury last year.
Tamme had a remarkable 67 receptions for 631 yards and four touchdowns last year.
Now he's right back to where he was before last season with no one knowing who he is.
He only has three receptions for seven yards and zero touchdowns this year. He's on pace for six receptions and 14 yards this year, which is actually in danger with an injury that could shut him down for the season that happened Sunday against the Falcons.
If he doubles his stats this year, that would be a 61-reception, 617-yard and four-touchdown drop-off.
I know Clark is back, but he's not getting many receptions either and many teams are using two tight end sets, so what's going on?
Oh yeah, don't give me he's being used as a run blocker too.
This is all due to the loss of Manning.
If Manning was playing, he'd surely be a great target with Clark and could be possibly the best tight end tandem in the league.
Without Manning, we see who Tamme really is.
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Blair White has to wish Peyton Manning was still active because he hasn't been a factor or even in the game plans all year.
Last year due to all the injuries White looked like a star.
He had four starts in his 13 games played and had 36 receptions for 355 yards and five touchdowns.
Absolutely no one knew who Blair White was last year. He surprised everyone. Now, White hasn't even made an impact and often people forget he's even on the roster.
White has no stats this year. Absolutely none.
No receptions, no yards, no touchdowns.
How in the world can he have such a high last year and make an impact on an AFC South Division championship team, and this season have zero impact on an 0-9 winless team?
The answer is Peyton Manning.
Manning made people think White could have a future in this league. Without Manning, White could be like all the others in this list and not on the roster anymore in the next few seasons, if not as early as next year.