Manning missed that season with a neck injury and the remaining roster – including passers Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky -- put together by then-GM Bill Polian put up a 2-14 record to secure the top pick in the draft and another generational talent at the quarterback position.
Fast forward a couple years and the Patriots selection of
And in making that point in his final draft press conference Saturday night at Gillette, Belichick chose to the Colts as an examples of exactly what he’d never want to see with his own team.
“I think organizationally, in our organization I don’t think we would put together a team the way Indianapolis did it when they lost [Peyton] Manning and they go 0-16, 1-15 or whatever it was [2-14]. I don’t think that’s really what we’re looking for,” Belichick said in an unsolicited reference to the Colts. “Unfortunately when we lost Tom [Brady] in 2008 – we had a player that could step in and we won 11 games. We want to be competitive even if something happens to a player at any position. I think depth is always important. You never know when you’re going to need it. But I don’t think we’d be happy going 1-15 if we had an injury at one position. But other people have different philosophies. I’m just saying that the contrast to that example. I don’t think that’s really what we’re trying to do.”
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