Could the Colts make Peyton Manning the coach next year? I know he already calls all the offensive plays anyway, so would it be that big a jump to put him in charge of timeouts and challenges as well? Peyton definitely wouldn’t have called timeout with thirty seconds left against the Jets, and I doubt he would have challenged Jerrico Cotchery’s almost-muffed punt either.
Peyton could keep the red flag in his back pocket, or Curtis Painter could hold it for him. Bob Sanders could run the defense, since he’s going to be on the sidelines in street clothes most of the time anyway. Indianapolis could forgo a special teams coach entirely - is their kick coverage going to be any worse? Or they could hire Sal Alosi and focus entirely on tripping punt gunners.
It certainly wouldn’t be worse than Jim Caldwell, and we’d have the added bonus of seeing Peyton Manning do two separate postgame press conferences. He’d have a swollen red forehead from his too-tight helmet in the first one, and swollen red ears from his too-tight headset in the third one. The Coors Light commercial possibilities are incredible! Please, Jim Irsay, make this happen.