Peyton Manning Case Study

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The Indianapolis Colts have been put in an extremely tough situation. After winning only a few games in the previous season the Colts now have the 1st overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft coming up at the end of April. As of right now Andrew Luck (senior quarterback at Stanford) looks like he has all of the tools to become the next great NFL quarterback, ironically analysts say that he is similar to Peyton Manning. This is Ironic because currently the leader and starting quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts is Peyton Manning. After over a decade with the Colts and a few injuries, many people feel that the great quarterback's time might be over in Indianapolis. The Colts owner along with the coaches have been considering to start a new era, …show more content…
In 2011 Peyton sat out the whole season with nerve problems in his arm. He went to a doctor only to find out that the pro quarterback was going to need surgery. What appeared to be a quick fix turned into three neck surgeries to try and fix the damaged nerve. One of the surgeries was a single-level neck fusion, which is when two vertebra are fused together limiting the motion between them. This injury creates a few problems the Colts organization needs to consider when making the decision between Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. Most importantly is the strength in his arm, which has directly been effected from the injury. The main tool of any quarterback would be his arm, and without his arm at full strength Peyton Manning might see his stock drop tremendously. Another problem would be Manning's ability to have full motion rotating his neck. When a patient undergoes a neck fusion they lose some motion in their neck, and being and NFL quarterback neck motion is crucial when scanning the field. The final problem with Peyton Manning's injury is the possibility of re-injury. Although Manning is one of the toughest quarterbacks of all time, with his neck one vicious hit could end his career playing football. The Colts cannot give up the chance to get Andrew Luck and bank on a quarterback whose career could end at any …show more content…
A track star since he was little boy, RG3 (Robert Griffin III) is an unbelievable athlete. Griffin III lead Baylor to its first BCS bowl game in school history this year and won in a shootout. RG3 won a lot this year, including the most prestigious award in all of college football, the Heisman. When career stats are compared between Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III it is quite close. Griffin III is ahead of Luck in total rushing yards along with rushing touchdowns. When it comes to passing RG3 threw three more touchdown passes than Luck. Andrew Luck however has an overall passer rating 30 points higher than Griffin III and wins in the category of total passing yards. The amazing thing about these stats though is Robert Griffin III played all four seasons at Baylor where as Andrew Luck only played three. If the Colts are going to get rid of Peyton Manning they are going to want someone who can fill his shoes. This means a pure passer, and although Griffin III has great talent Luck has proven to be that pure passer. Andrew Luck is the real deal when it comes to a pro style

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