Peyton Manning delivered the goods for the Colts. He lead their offense and achieved great success, most notably beating the Bears (my team) in the Super Bowl. Last year’s stats show that Peyton Manning was the Colts. Without him, they would always struggle.
However, I believe that start-ups can learn from the decision made by the Colts. Financial reasons aside. The Colts decided that they would become, in effect a start-up. They decided to try a new “business model” to start afresh and although the old “system” has worked in the past they believe that both time and injuries have rendered a key element of their old “business model” unsustainable into the future.
Now would the Colts do better without Manning next season? Probably not. The season after? Probably not.
However, will they be better off in the long term. Definitely.
Losing a star player is damaging, but pushing out the most important player to any franchise in the NFL is a brave decision.
The key to this decision was making choices now that will work in tomorrow’s reality. That sort of thinking is needed to bring your start-up success. In this day and age, what works now will probably not work in the future. Start-ups who can prepare for this, will have a bright future.