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Colts' Irsay remains behind Manning, talks taking QB in draft

  • By Dan Hanzus
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Colts owner Jim Irsay's Twitter feed certainly is unique. Where else can you get inside an NFL team's decision-making process while also boning up on David Bowie lyrics? This doesn't happen on the Twitter typewriter feed of 93-year-old Bills owner Ralph Wilson.

Irsay's 0-10 Colts won't lose this week, thanks to the merciful beauty of a league-mandated bye week. And Irsay decided to spend part of his open Sunday discussing what the future might hold at the quarterback position in Indianapolis.

"Yea I saw (USC quarterback Matt) Barkley n (Stanford QB Andrew) Luck last nite, and there's others with big time potential," Irsay tweeted in his unmistakable prose. "but we want 18 back under center soon/18 now-2012Class future."

18, of course, is Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who hasn't played this season while he recovers from his latest neck surgery. Manning's long-term future remains a question mark, leading to speculation that Indy will select a quarterback (most likely Luck) if it has the top pick in next April's NFL draft.

The idea of securing Luck -- considered a can't-miss prospect by many -- has led to speculation that Manning's time with the Colts could be ending. Irsay made it clear, however, that drafting a quarterback doesn't say anything about Manning's future in Indy.

"It's very possible 18 back at full strength n we take future QB high in draft," Irsay wrote. "it's not necessarily 1 or the other...stay tuned4 wild ride!"

Could Luck and Manning co-exist on the same team? It'd be a fascinating subplot, one that hinges on the health of the Colts' franchise star.


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