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No Clear Winner in the Manning vs. Luck Debate and Other AFC South Must-Reads
Posted By Nate Dunlevy On December 7, 2012 @ 8:59 am In Colts News | No Comments
Peyton Manning  will likely win the MVP award.
Andrew Luck may be the most impressive rookie quarterback ever.
If one thing is clear, it’s that there’s no clear winner in the debate about what the Indianapolis Colts  should have done last March.
Of course, don’t tell that to Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star , who spends his most recent column gloating about being right about the Luck-Manning decision.
Kravitz is right of course, because everyone knows Manning has spent the entire season hurt and never returned to his former glory.
The fact is that the Colts had two viable roads last March. There was no way to screw up the choice between Luck and Manning. No matter what Jim Irsay had elected, the Colts would have a top-shelf quarterback.
The only possible mistake would have been to try to keep both.
Had the Colts kept Manning and dealt the rights to Luck to the Redskins , Indy would likely have nine or 10 wins, and fans would be enjoying the miracle that is Manning’s recovery.
The chance to enjoy the end of Manning’s career would have had extra value to fans of the Colts well beyond additional seasons of greatness by Luck.
As it is, the team has eight wins and a bright future.
The Colts could have happily dealt away Luck and drafted some other young quarterback later as insurance. Imagine Russell Wilson backing up Manning.
Kravitz was right. The Colts did the right thing.
Of course, if they had done the exact opposite of what he advocated, that would have been the right thing too.
Scott Kacsmar of Cold Hard Football Facts  profiles quarterbacks who protect the ball.
Kacsmar posts  his Week 14 guide on Bleacher Report.
Aaron Schatz of the Football Outsiders  posts a metric in which J.J. Watt and Jerrell Freeman do well.
Houston Texans 
Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com  talks to Jon Gruden about the Texans-Pats game.
Rivers McCown of Battle Red Blog  answers readers’ questions.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle  relays that Andre Johnson thinks this is a big game for the Texans.
Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle  says Johnathan Joseph is on track to play.
Jack Moore of Advanced NFL Stats  has a must read-article about how impressive volume is for Luck.
Gabe Zaldivar of Bleacher Report  says the cast of Parks and Recreation visited the Colts.
Cliff Brunt of the AP  says the Colts are loaded with young talent.
Mark Alesia and Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star  show the difference between All-22 film and broadcast.
Richards says  fans need to take their eye off the ball to fully appreciate the game.
Tennessee Titans 
The Sports Pickle  has a funny name for the next Titans coach.
David Boclair of the City Paper  says Kyle DeVan may finally get his chance.
John Glennon of the Tennessean  compares Luck and Jake Locker in the clutch.
Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean  says Chris Johnson wants more second-half touches.
Jacksonville Jaguars 
Kuharsky has good numbers  on Chad Henne versus the blitz.
Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country  has film work on the Jaguars’ defense.
Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union  says the Jaguars have never had the top pick in the draft.
Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union  tracks changes on special teams.
Read more Indianapolis Colts  news on BleacherReport.com
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 Peyton Manning: http://bleacherreport.com/peyton-manning
 Indianapolis Colts: http://bleacherreport.com/indianapolis-colts
 Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/article/20121206/SPORTS15/212070319/1058/SPORTS03
 Redskins: http://bleacherreport.com/washington-redskins
 Cold Hard Football Facts: http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/content/rodgers-ryan-brady-best-ever-protecting-the-football/19786/
 Kacsmar posts: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1434934-the-thinking-mans-guide-nfl-week-14-predictions
 Football Outsiders: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/extra-points/2012/nfl-leaders-defeats-weeks-1-13
 Houston Texans: http://bleacherreport.com/houston-texans
 ESPN.com: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/44509/jon-gruden-assesses-texans-patriots
 Battle Red Blog: http://www.battleredblog.com/2012/12/6/3730952/battle-red-bag-vol-22-the-writing-of-things
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/12/texans-report-biggest-game-yet-says-andre-johnson/
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/12/johnathan-joseph-practices-may-play-monday/
 Advanced NFL Stats: http://www.advancednflstats.com/2012/12/one-point-favoring-andrew-luck-over.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
 Bleacher Report: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1435218-nbcs-parks-and-recreation-takes-over-colts-at-lucas-oil-stadium
 AP: http://pro32.ap.org/content/luck-has-youthful-pass-catchers-colts
 Indianapolis Star: http://blogs.indystar.com/philb/2012/12/06/imagine-if-colts-radio-voice-bob-lamey-tried-to-finish-sundays-dramatic-call-at-detroit/
 Lions: http://bleacherreport.com/detroit-lions
 Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/interactive/article/20121206/SPORTS03/121206028/Indianapolis-Colts-What-you-see-TV-vs-all-22-video
 Richards says: http://www.indystar.com/article/20121206/SPORTS03/212070326/1058/SPORTS03
 Tennessee Titans: http://bleacherreport.com/tennessee-titans
 The Sports Pickle: http://www.sportspickle.com/news/14904/tennessee-sets-sights-on-hiring-denver-broncos-head-coach-peyton-manning
 City Paper: http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/sports/offensive-lineman-finally-gets-opportunity-stick-titans
 Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121207/SPORTS01/312070104/Clutch-performances-separate-Colts-Luck-Titans-Locker?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CSports%20Tennessee%20Titans
 Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121207/SPORTS01/312070110/Chris-Johnson-upset-over-lack-carries-second-half?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CSports%20Tennessee%20Titans
 Jacksonville Jaguars: http://bleacherreport.com/jacksonville-jaguars
 Kuharsky has good numbers: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/44491/on-chad-henne-against-jets-blitzes
 Big Cat Country: http://www.bigcatcountry.com/jaguars-film-room/2012/12/6/3737786/jaguars-video-film-room-run-defense-all-22
 Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2012-12-07/story/wholl-be-last-and-get-pick-first
 Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2012-12-06/story/jaguars-notebook-kick-coverage-units-flux
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