Posted Sunday, October 28, 2012 03:09 AM
No one else is comparing them, so we will:
The Colts, who made a controversial decision to release Payton Manning, "the greatest regular season quarterback in history," last year, are 3-3.
The Broncos, who brilliantly outbid several other competitors for Manning's services, are also 3-3.
(So, by the way, are the Miami Dolphins. The Seahawks, 49ers, and Arizona Cardinals, other losers in the Manning sweepstakes, are 4-3, 5-2, and 4-3, respectively.)
We weren't shocked at Manning's slow start, as indicated by our piece days after he was signed.
Nor are we shocked that, even at 3-3, he and the Broncos are in the running in the AFC West, "the new NFC West."
And, of course, there are many other positions on all these teams.
Still, it's striking that, at least so far, there appears to be more to winning in the NFL than signing up a star quarterback, running a few 7 on 7 drills, and slinging the ball around the field.
The Broncos are on line for, at best, a weak playoff entrance and an early exit, for a year or two, while the Colts are already "up" to mediocre, and have positioned themselves well for the next 10-15 years or more.