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Thursday
Jan052012

Elway: "Sometimes you just have to pull the trigger"

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Luck-y Colts; Not Gonna Happen

30 years ago, the Colts drafted a young quarterback out of Stanford by the name of John Elway and promptly traded him to the Denver Broncos. My how history has a way of repeating itself. This April, the Colts very well could select another quarterback out of Stanford, Andrew Luck, and quickly move him to the Denver Broncos.

Elway's recent quote about Tim Tebow needing to "pull the trigger" pretty much sums up the way he feels about Denver's current starting quarterback. Reading between the lines, is he trying to convince himself of something? Perhaps a trade? Perhaps trading The Teebster to Indy for a #1 Draft Pick in return?

Currently, the Colts hold the 1st pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Andrew Luck will be the 1st pick in the draft. He plays quarterback. That's an issue because Peyton Manning plays quarterback for the Colts. You cannot let Peyton leave by cutting him, so the Colts will end up with him as the starting quarterback. (Not that that's a bad problem to have).

The Colts owe Peyton $28 million next year. Yes, he's injured. Yes he's a risk. He's Peyton Manning. Do you really want him to wind up with another team and then destroy you? I think not.

That leaves a decision. Do you draft Andrew Luck also to play QB? Sure you could say, we'll he'll sit, learn behind Peyton and be a force in the future. My answer to you; then you have $36 million tied up in two players. One of which will not be playing. That leaves about $40 million to use on the rest of your entire team. 

Solution: The Colts trade the pick and thus the opportunity to draft Luck. Enter, Elway and the Broncos. Elway wants nothing more that to have a stud QB and I'm guessing he rather likes that Luck went to Stanford (his alma matter).

 Elway's Luck: Restoring Denver to Greatness

It's simple. Tebow to the Colts for the Colts #1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and Indy receives Denver's 2012 draft pick. Tebow's salary is $2.2 million for next year, so essentially the Colts would save at least $6M, figuring Luck would have cost them at least $8M. You save money for another player and you get a crazy ass weapon to use at WR, QB, TE and RB. Line him up anywhere and have Peyton toss it to him. Sick! Imagine that. Reggie Wayne, Peyton Manning, Pierre Garcon, Donald Brown, Dallas Clark, Austin Collie and Tim Tebow all on the field at once. The defense would have no idea what to do.

And in exchange, John Elway gets his man. His future franchise QB. Andrew Luck.

Sunday
Jan012012

Luck-y Ducks: Stanford and Oregon Take Center Stage

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Thus far in the 2011/2012 Bowl Season, the Pac-12 has not fared well. They are 1-4, with the only win being a come from behind variety for the conference newcomer, Utah. UCLA, ASU, Cal and U-Dub have lost each of their bowl games. 

Now it is Oregon's turn to showcase the talent out West. The Ducks take on Wisconsin in Pasadena's Rose Bowl, a game that figures to test the limits of the scoreboard. Read more about it here and get a taste of Nike's fresh new gear. So fresh and so clean, clean.

Andrew's Luck: Scared Money Don't Make Money.Later on Monday, the 4th ranked Stanford Cardinal take on 3rd ranked Oklahoma State in Glendale, AZ at the Tostito's Fiesta Bowl. Each year, the Fiesta Bowl winds up being one of the most exciting bowl games and this round looks to be no different.

Andrew Luck must play well as all the scouts will be watching... especially those who are employed by the Colts and Rams. After Heisman Winner Robert Griffin III put on a show versus Washington, it is Luck's turn to answer the bell. (RG3 declared for the NFL draft following the 123 point Alamo Bowl shootout).

Luck figures to be the 1st player selected in the 2012 NFL draft, although the two teams with the worst records (Indy and STL) already have franchise QBs in Sam Bradford and Peyton Manning.

One thing is for sure, January 2nd in Prime-Time is going to be an incredible night of college football.