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Curtis Painter holds his own against Bucs

Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:18 am
Edited on: October 4, 2011 1:20 am
Painter impresses in first NFL start. (US PRESSWIRE)
Posted by Ryan Wilson

Maybe Reggie Wayne was on to something back in August when, after the Colts signed Kerry Collins out of retirement to keep Curtis Painter off the field, said “We don't even know [Collins], we ain't vanilla, man, we ain't no simple offense. So for him to can come in here and be the starter, I don't see it. I think that's a step back."

The implication wasn't that Collins couldn't be a capable backup in Peyton Manning's absence, just that his lack of familiarity with Indy's offense didn't make him a more attractive option than Painter, who has been with the team since 2009. We got a glimpse of that last Sunday when Painter, in relief of an injured Collins, was serviceable against the Steelers.

Facing the Buccaneers on Monday, he was much more than that, calling audibles at the line, changing protections, and running the no-huddle, something Indy hadn't been able to do with Collins under center.

In his first NFL start, Painter completed 13 of 30 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns, and more importantly, no interceptions. (Though he did have one fumble, on a sack, which isn't surprising given that he was playing behind a decimated offensive line. Indy lost rookie left tackles Anthony Castonzo and Ben Ijalana during the game.)

In the second quarter, Painter hit Pierre Garcon on a nifty sideline route for an 87-yard touchdown and a 10-0 lead. (It was the longest first career touchdown pass since Charlie Batch tossed a 98-yarder in 1998. More impressive: it was longer than any of Peyton Manning's regular-season touchdowns.) 

But Painter wasn't done. With the Colts trailing 17-10 in the third quarter, he hit Garcon again, this time for a 59-yard score. But it still wasn't enough; the Bucs took the lead in the fourth quarter and blitzed Painter silly for the rest of the night. When it was over, Indy limped out of Tampa with a 24-17 loss.

This is what happens when you're without your franchise quarterback and missing key players on both sides of the ball.

So, no, it wasn't always pretty but let's be honest: Painter exceeded everybody's expectations, and that's a positive for a Colts team desperately in need of some good news. Unfortunately, there are no moral victories in the NFL, and a quarter of the way through the season Indy is 0-4.

We would like to take this opportunity to point out the many wig-tastic looks of Curtis Painter. (Getty Images)

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Since: Nov 27, 2009
Posted on: October 4, 2011 2:18 pm

Curtis Painter holds his own against Bucs

first off, I would liek to point out your mistaken thought process for wanting to trade and get carson palmer. First off, I would also like to say i wish the Colts COULD get carson palmer, however...Carson palmer will not play for less then 9 mil. a year...we are already pushing going over the salary cap...secondly, The Bengals will not take a low ball offer, and are most likely proving a statement by benching him and allowing a rookie to start in his place. Carson palmer made it clear he was unhappy, and the organzation will not be  "punked" by a mediocre QB thats been sitting ona  bench for quite some time now. They would much rather hold off for a team to offer some high round draft picks. Third, Carson Palmer would be in the same boat as Kerry Collins, unable to pick up such a complicated offense, and make multiple costly mistakes (which he was good at in cincy) If you have followed Curtis Painter's college career, you would see that he is a winner, he always has been, he got hurt his junior/and part of senior year which is why he fell to the 6th round in the draft. Also, look at the opportunities that he has had while being a rookie, and in his 2nd year....the first time he was able to play was when he was thrown in the game while facing the Jets during our undefeated season, jets...playing from behind had their starters in the game, while Curtis Painter was playing with our 2nd/3rd string because we already had homefield advantage, and a playoff birth locked in. other than that opportunity, he has rarely been given first team reps, and never played in game with ALL of our first stringers. Its obvious he is going to look a bit out of sync, until he gets playing time or practice reps...which he showed clearly he can handle.  he WILL be a starting QB somewhere in the NFL within 3 years....and WILL be an outstanding far as pierre Garcon....YOU NAILED IT!!! butterfingers for sure....

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:18 pm

Curtis Painter holds his own against Bucs

No one believed in this guy. They drafted him for a reason. Boilermaker QBs stand out in the NFL, Brees, Orton, Painter etccc
Okay, Brees does "stand out" in the NFL -- one of the top 5 QBs playing right now (I am not going to debate who is 1, 2, 3, etc). -- but I would hardly call Orton a standout, shipped around and barely hanging onto the job in Denver for this season before he moves on again.  And Painter?  Don't you think its a tad early to call him a "stand out in the NFL"?  if 13-30 passing is a "stand out" the league is in trouble.  I am not saying Painter will never be a "stand out in the NFL", just that its to early to say.  So, so far, for Purdue "stand out" NFL QBs you have Brees and ..........?

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 12:14 pm

Curtis Painter holds his own against Bucs

Lets not get too excited Colts' fans...I know Painter is young and it was his first start, but 13-30 is not real impressive in my book.  He did make some nice throws and there were a couple drops, but you're still looking at, at best, a 50% completion night and one big play, with a couple TDs...but still a loss.  Not terrible for a first start, but a long long way from proving he is a winning NFL QB much less the Colts' "QB of the future".

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:38 am

Curtis Painter holds his own against Bucs

Dear Colts:

Please trade for Carson Palmer and teach Garcon how to hold on to a pass. He drops more than anyone Ive ever seen! Painter did a heck of a job but he is not going to be the answer.

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