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And Another Thing


Another piece of the puzzle

So, what does this say?

Well, it says one of two things, depending on how much denial you're in about the ultimate fate of Peyton Manning in Indianapolis.

If you think Manning will surely be back next year if he's physically capable of playing, it says the Colts are completely on board with giving their Hall of Fame QB $28 million more despite his uncertain future. Why else would they sign Arians, who lost his job in Pittsburgh precisely because he installed a pass-heavy offense to accommodate a franchise quarterback?

Does that not sound like business as usual in Indy -- i.e., catering to Manning's needs, wants and unique skills?

On the other hand .... if the future really is now and you're completely turning the page with Andrew Luck, why wouldn't you want a pass-oriented offensive coordinator to shepherd him through the orientation process?

Here's the thing: If Manning's time in Indy isn't over, why not just keep the offensive coordinator Manning already knows and trusts? Hard to believe that Arians is really coming to Indy to establish a rapport with Manning, especially when it's so clear he's the past and Luck is the future.

And so: two sides, one coin.

I'll let you flip.

Ben Smith's blog.