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Could Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck coexist in Indy? Yes and no (and no and yes) says Archie Manning

Posted by: Michael Rand under Professional football Updated: December 7, 2011 - 3:06 PM

Let's assume for a moment that the Colts finish with the NFL's worst record. Considering they're 0-12, that shouldn't be hard to do. Let's also assume, for the sake of argument, that Peyton Manning is given a clean bill of health by the time the NFL draft rolls around.

The Colts would have a 36-year-old Manning presumably eager to get on with the final few years of a Hall of Fame career and a rookie everybody says can play right away. In other words, "Ruh-roh." Which is exactly what Peyton's dad, Archie, was saying about their ability to co-exist ... until, of course, he wasn't.

Per ESPN.com:

"I'm sure they could," Archie Manning said in a phone interview Wednesday. "Andrew is a great young man and we've enjoyed getting to know him. He and Peyton have a friendship, and I'm one of the few people out there that's not really concerned about this deal. All good people respect each other and I'm sure this will all shake out." ... But Tuesday morning on 1260 WNDE, Archie Manning seemed to express concerns over the two being teammates in 2012. "I don't think it'd necessarily be great for either one," he said then. "I think Andrew's the type of mature player . . . he can walk right in. I mean, these other three or four guys that are playing this year, (if) they can walk in and contribute, Andrew can, too."

Logic might dictate the Colts could get a ransom for the No. 1 pick if they deem Manning is healthy and can play several more years. But logic would also say Luck is close to a sure-thing NFL QB and could be Indy's starter for double-digit seasons, just as Manning was.

Go ahead and play armchair GM. What would you try to do?

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