Peyton Manning for MVP

11/23/11 in NFL   |   beerstudk   |   1538 respect

As everybody knows, Peyton Manning has been unable to play all season long and it's highly questionable if he'll play in a Colts uniform again, let alone later this season.  Understandably the Colts are not the same team without Manning as they are with him, not even close.  Manning's record as a starter is 141-67, his team averaged 10.8 wins per season.  This year they've yet to win a game and look more like the next 0-16 team every week.

No team in recent memory has had such a horrid season after losing their star player.  We've seen the Patriots go 11-5 without Tom Brady for an entire season.  There are people on this website that swear up and down that the Steelers are better wtihout Ben Reothlisbeger.  The Miami Dolphins found ways to win games without the oft-injured Dan Marino.  Joe Montana had Steve Young as a backup.  The Giants made it to the Super Bowl with Jeff Hostetler filling in for Phil Simms.  The only team I can think of that can't be included in this discussion is the Packers during the Brett Favre era, and that's only because he wouldn't let anyone take him out of games.

It's obvious to me that Peyton Manning is a first ballot Hall-of-Famer and should be remembered as one of the greatest to ever play the game, but what's a better measure of the value of one player than the epic turn-for-the-worse the Colts have experienced this year?  I'm in no way saying that Manning should get the MVP award, Aaron Rodgers has had way too phenominal a season to take anything away from him, but it's hard to deny that Manning is more Valuable to his team than any other QB in possibly the history of the NFL.

I'm curious to hear what you guys think about this.
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