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If Collins is ready, will Painter start anyway?

Posted on: October 4, 2011 6:52 pm
C. Painter performed better than expected in Indianapolis' loss to Tampa Bay (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If you watched the Colts put up a valiant effort in a loss to the Buccaneers on Monday, you saw Curtis Painter exceed expectations. As in he wasn’t as terrible as some of us thought he’d be. 

Could he, in fact, keep the starting quarterback position when Kerry Collins has recovered from his concussion symptoms? I think we know the answer Reggie Wayne would provide -- psst, he likes Painter -- but what about the man who’s in charge of the decisions (or is he?).

“We’re not going to make that decision today,” Colts coach Jim Caldwell said, via the Indianapolis Star. “I can tell you he did the things we asked him to do. Obviously you can see he had some bright spots, but we’ll see how things go the next day or so.”

Painter finished 13 of 30 for 281 yards and two touchdowns and a fumble, and he was much better than horrendous. But that doesn’t mean the Colts should just give him the job (though, at this point, I’m not sure what the point of playing Collins would be). And maybe for a good reason, as our friends at Pro Football Focus point out in the site’s review of Monday’s game.

Writes PFF: “In his first chance to show the world that the Colts can get by without Peyton Manning, Curtis Painter  didn’t exactly convince any of his critics that he was the answer.  Although his stat line wasn’t all that bad, thanks largely to Pierre Garcon, he overthrew five different receivers, and was fortunate to have two possible interceptions dropped by Aqib Talib and Elbert Mack.  Not surprisingly, the Bucs were able to rattle him when they blitzed, sending at least five men on 11 different occasions, with the resulting completion percentage just 20% (with one sack)."

OK, so Painter wasn’t fantastic, but aside from the fumble, he did a pretty nice job keeping his team in the game. And let’s face it: considering the expectations many of us had for him coming into the game (a stat line of 12 for 33 for 172 yards and three interceptions would not have been out of the question), the fact Painter had some good moments was a pleasant surprise.

Whether it means Painter ends up ahead of Collins on this week’s depth chart, though, remains to be seen.

In other Colts news, the devastating ankle injury suffered by defensive tackle Eric Foster will keep him in a Florida hospital the next few days while he recovers from surgery. When he’s ready to come home, owner Jim Irsay will send a private plane for him.

“The surgery went well,” Caldwell said. “From what we understand, it went as scheduled and as planned and we’re praying for a speedy recovery for him.”

And making matters even worse, the Indianapolis Star is reporting that second-round tackle Ben Ijalana damaged his ACL on Monday and might have to miss the rest of the season.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 8:52 am

If Collins is ready, will Painter start anyway?

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Posted on: January 15, 2012 10:30 pm

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Posted on: December 31, 2011 9:15 pm

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Posted on: December 4, 2011 3:10 pm

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Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 9:43 am

If Collins is ready, will Painter start anyway?

From what we have seen, yeah, Painter should start over Collins. But, that decision is up to the Polian(s). The Colts don't have a real head coach.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2011 9:06 am

If Collins is ready, will Painter start anyway?

From what I read on this site, Tim Tebow is the greatest player in the history of footbal.  Therefore, the Colts should trade a couple of first-round picks to the Broncos so Timmy can replace Peyton.  Again, from what I read on this site, there would be no dropoff.  Why don't the Colts just do this already?  We all know the media is never wrong.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: October 5, 2011 6:33 am

If Collins is ready, will Painter start anyway?

I'm not sure you have given Curtis Painter his due...I mean the guy was hammered quite a bit and still played pretty well considering he hasn't had much playing time. If guys like Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon like him, why not play him...they aren't going to the playoffs. Kerry Collins can't move much, so those blitzes will be worse. The Colts certainly have a lot of pieces missing, mainly Peyton Manning. The guy was a rock on this team for a lot of years.

Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 3:27 am

If Collins is ready, will Painter start anyway?

Painter is a ninja

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:27 am

If Collins is ready, will Painter start anyway?

Anyone who thinks Painter is going to replace Peyton base on one game is stupid. No one can replace Peyton but the question should be, is Painter better than Collins? The answer is......YES. Lets face it, the chances of the Colts going into the playoffs base on the 3 games that Collins started is 0, zero, zilch. Base on what I see with Painter on Monday, at least he shows the Colts can surprise any team that might not take them seriously. He plays to win where else Collins play not to make mistakes. I think the Colts should stick to Painter as their qb until Peyton is ready to come back, whenever that might be.

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