Manning says of Colts, he's 'not in a very good place for healing'

Peyton Manning wants to stay in Indianapolis and finish his career with the Colts.

But in an interview with the Indianapolis Star, Manning admits the changes that are going on in the organization are difficult to take.

Manning has been working out at the Colts' facility, but says he barely recognizes anyone anymore and the ones he does recognize are on "eggshells" apparently worried that they might be the next one to be shown the door in Jim Irsay and Ryan Grigson's organizational overhaul.

"I'm not in a very good place for healing, let's say that," he said, referring to the practice facility. "It's not a real good environment down there right now, to say the least. Everybody's walking around on eggshells. I don't recognize our building right now. There's such complete and total change."

Manning was working out with strength and conditioning coach Jon Torine regarding the neck injury right up until Torine was fired last week.

Manning said Irsay will make the final decision on what will become of him in Indy, with a $28 million roster bonus due in March. But he says it is tough watching people he has grown close to as players, coaches, staff and administrators being shown the door.

"One of the things about football is, it's a relationship business," Manning said. "Sometimes guys get fired, it goes across the ticker, 'Jim Caldwell got fired' and that's that. But when it's every day in a relationship business ... with Bill (Polian), with Marvin (Harrison), Edge (James), guys who retire, get cut, traded or fired, it's just really hard. I don’t think I have an emotion for it.

"The new (management) team doesn't have a relationship with these guys like I do, and I know a lot of players feel that way about them (the departing coaches), too."

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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