Moving on from a franchise QB
Indy faced tough decisions around Peyton Manning; others will understand
How do you replace a franchise quarterback?
It is a tortuous question to even consider. And it's even tougher to put a plan in motion.
But long-range planning is a requisite part of being a general manager. And even the best athletes in their sport will one day play their final game. As the architect of a franchise's roster, you have to be prepared for that day. And those with quarterbacks in their mid-30s -- where medical research has shown players are more prone to break down -- should prepare themselves sooner rather than later.
Nearly every NFL fan is familiar with the fate of the Indianapolis Colts when Peyton Manning was sidelined with a neck injury. I certainly am, and the fact is we were not adequately prepared to sustain a loss of that magnitude.
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