No. Not at all. I'm a big Colts fan too, and that's definitely not the case. Think about it. The Colts paid Collins $4 million dollars just to play for one year in addition to paying Manning a ton of money by keeping Manning on the active roster. That's throwing away a ton of money if you are going to throw the season just to get Luck. That doesn't make sense. Secondly, if you haven't forgotten, the Super Bowl is in Indianapolis this year. When you're hosting the Super Bowl you want like crazy to make the playoffs. And I'm sure Irsay was hoping that if Collins or Painter could help get us into the playoffs Manning might be back by then. Then the Colts could have potentially played the Super Bowl at home. I'm sure Colts fans would have gone nuts and Colts memorabilia would have been selling off the shelves like crazy.
The Colts also brought in about 4 former first round veteran defensive players. And they focused on the O-line in the draft to protect Manning. The Colts were basically stacking their cards as best as possible for a Super Bowl run, not to pick up Luck.
I think several things have happened to the Colts this year. First, ever since they've had Manning they've been near the top of the league. That means low draft picks year after year after year after year. Eventually and slowly over time that hurts a team as it has the Colts because the team lacks the ability to pick up star players in the draft. Secondly, losing Manning changes the dynamics for the whole team. The O-line has to fend off more blitzes because no QB gets the ball off as fast or as accurately as Manning. Blitz him and he makes you pay. That means the offense will likely score less and not build an early lead. The defense is composed of small not highly payed players that are built to run fast and defend with a lead mainly against passes. When the Colts don't have a lead, that means they have to defend against the running game too, which they lack the size to defend well against. And they have to reposition the defense to stop the run which also makes them weaker against the pass. Because a 1 dimensional offense (just passing) is far easier to defend than a 2 dimensional offense (rushing and passing).
Third, you have injuries piling up on the offensive line. The first and second round picks they got in the draft for the O-line are both out injured. And so are a few other guys. That means Painter has poor protection and little time to get off the ball or make a descent pass.
Fourth, Polian hasn't invested any draft picks in the defensive secondary in years and it shows because they are HORRIBLE.
Fifth, I don't think the players have the respect for Caldwell that they had for Dungy. They went on and on about how they liked Dungy. You never hear one single player saying how they like Caldwell. They never really ever complained other than when Caldwell ruined that chance a few years ago at going 16-0, but I think their silence shows that I don't think they like him too well.
Also, I think no team or player wants the embarrassment even without Manning of going 0-16 or at beign the worst team in the NFL. And I think with Manning's intense drive, he will do everything he can to be back on the field as quick as possible. Manning is far more to the Colts that Harrison ever was. He's the only 4 time MVP in NFL history. He's the advertising icon of football. He's to advertising in football like what Jordan was in basketball. He brings in tons and tons of money to the Colts. The Colts don't want to readily kick him out the door. Heck, they didn't even want to readily kick Harrison out the door. But Harrison was playing horrible his last year or two and was very slow and he was asking for an outrageous sum of money. Manning on the other hand was offered more money than Brady but turned the extra cash down so the team had a better chance at winning another Super Bowl.
It's just been a horrible turn of events for the Colts. When Manning is back next year, they'll be winning again. All the components are still there. They have a talented team. Manning should be healthy. Bill Polian is one of the best GM's in the league. The only thing I can see is they might need to fire Caldwell and Coyer and the Special Teams coach and hire someone like Gruden, Fisher or Coach Schottenheimer's son.
Also, I find it hard to believe that Andrew Luck is the best QB to come out since the 1983 draft. I mean, don't we normally hear that like every year. We heard that with Jamarcus Russell. We heard that with Cam Newton, with Stafford, etc.