Indianapolis – On March 7th, 2012 the Indianapolis Colts did what was once seemed unthinkable. They were releasing one of the greatest QB’s in NFL history.
10 years ago and this moment is still surreal. pic.twitter.com/IKEu8JEs32
— JMV1070 (@JMV1070) March 7, 2022
On the 10 year anniversary of that press conference with Jim Irsay and Peyton Manning, 93.5 and 107.5 The Fan host JMV reflected on that day and his thoughts sitting in the room at the Colts complex:
“I could not believe sitting over there what was going down. Could not believe it. Remember too, which in hindsight now looks fantastic, remember when I said keep Manning and draft Luck. You can keep Manning and draft Luck. You can sit Luck behind him and it sounded so stupid. I put that on the wall of worst sports takes of all time at the time. Now you look back on it and it doesn’t look so bad now does it.”
With hindsight being 20/20 fans often ask JMV whether or not the Colts made the right decision in turning the keys over to Andrew Luck. JMV was pretty blunt in his assessment of the previous decade of Colts football:
“So frankly, in 10 year hindsight I look back on it and I think it all sucks. It does. You’re going to tell me on one side that the golden era with Manning wasn’t that great and you guys talk about it too much. They get blown out in an AFC Championship game, you have deflate gate, and this thing has basically been a piece of crap the rest of the way. Nah it’s not fun. Nothing fun about that.”
From when he came to the Colts as a rookie in 1998 all the way through 2011 Manning started every game as the Colts starting QB, 208 games. Since then, the Colts have had 8 different QBs and could possibly looking at a 9th heading into the 2022 season.
If you want to hear more of JMV’s thoughts on the Colts post-Manning and why he doesn’t think it’s possible to talk too much about the Manning era, listen to the podcast below!