Manning lead those teams and the facts remain that they are a playoff team with him and one of the worst without him. Case and point this year without Manning compared to every other year they have had Manning. Like I have posted before, the 2009 Colts team almost went undefeated and played in the Super Bowl. What core players that were there in 2009 are not there in 2011?
How are you so certain that Matt Flynn is going to come in and take us to the promise land? As I have posted before from a failure stand point, if Flynn fails you are stuck with him and his money. If Manning fails you can cut him quickly and just move on.
I think the key is if you're only thinking about 2012 then of course Manning is the way to go. However, it won't be long until you're left trying to find another qb. If you want someone to bring stability to the position you have to go wirh Flynn. It's not a given that Flynn can be a solid starter for the next 5 or 6 years, but he has a better chance than Manning does. I think at best Flynn could become Miami's version of Tony Romo. At worse he's Aj Feely revisted.
Of couse the other option is to just keep turning over stones and hope you get lucky.
Matt Hasselbeck brought the Seahawks to the Superbowl, and almost beat the Steelers. I can't say that Seattle's team was loaded with talent.
Both of these QB's did much more than Chad Henne or Matt Moore ever could.
I'm not saying that Flynn is a franchise QB. I've been saying it forever now. There's only ONE person I would trust in that decision, and that is Philbin. After working with him for a few years now, if he feels that Flynn can be a great QB and that he is worth the contract he wants, then I support that.
As far as Manning goes, I would LOVE to have a healthy Manning. I just don't want us to pass up on a future franchise QB for Manning, and THEN find out that he can't play anymore.