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Mark Maske
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Mark Maske

Writes the NFL News Feed blog

The Colts Are Crumbling


The Colts simply have deteriorated around Peyton Manning.

It's shocking to look at the NFL statistics this morning and see Manning as the 21st-rated passer in the league. That's one spot behind rookie Matt Ryan and one spot ahead of Marc Bulger, who was benched earlier this season. It's close to J.T. O'Sullivan territory; he's rated 24th.

Part of it is the two knee surgeries that Manning underwent before the season. But part of it is that the Colts simply aren't very good around their quarterback. Reggie Wayne remains a superb receiver. But Marvin Harrison isn't the player that he was. Joseph Addai and Dallas Clark aren't having great seasons.

The defense is back to not being able to stop the run. Sure, losing safety Bob Sanders hurts. He's the reigning NFL defensive player of the year and having him in the lineup changes everything. But when the same guy gets hurt every year, it's not bad luck any more. It's just the way it is.

It's possible that the Colts get Sanders healthy, get this turned around and end up competing for AFC supremacy. There don't appear to be any super-teams this season, not even the unbeaten Titans.

But you just don't get the feeling that these Colts are about to do that. It might be a team in need of some serious retooling around its quarterback. If Tony Dungy does bow out of coaching after this season, it doesn't look like it will be on a championship-winning note. It might not be even on a playoff-reaching note.

By Mark Maske  |  October 21, 2008; 10:48 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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