Now that the Indianapolis Colts have posted two wins in their last two games, many fans of the team find themselves in quite a quandary.
The Colts will take a 2-13 record into next week’s (Jan. 1) 2011 regular-season finale at Jacksonville.
Indianapolis is, effectively, a half-game ahead of the Minnesota Vikings (2-12) and St. Louis Rams (2-12) in the pursuit of the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Lose to the Jaguars and Indianapolis will lock up the No. 1 pick by virtue of the tiebreaker, their weaker schedule. Win, and it almost certainly will go to the Vikings or the Rams.
What to do?
Running back Joseph Addai says that the Colts’ player can’t worry about next spring’s draft. For Addai and the rest of the players on the Indianapolis roster, the future is now.
“That’s not for the players to worry about. I don’t worry about that. I just go out and keep playing ball,” Addai said after the team’s wild 19-16 win over Houston Thursday night.
And team owner Jim Irsay says that he isn’t concerned either. Prior to the Houston game, Irsay talked about a possible future with injured quarterback Peyton Manning in the mix.
“I think if the situation is where he’s back and he’s healthy, then I see him come back and play here,” he said.
“I think that there is a lot of speculation about the draft pick and all those sort of things, but I think what people have to realize is this; is the likes of Peyton Manning to be seen again? It is not coming, if ever, for a very, very long time. You’re not going to go in this draft or the next draft and get another Peyton Manning.”
And concerning the draft, what will the Colts do?
“The draft will be what the draft is. There are a lot of situations that can unfold from here. If there is a great, young quarterback there, then we wouldn’t hesitate to take him,” Irsay said.