One of the more interesting stories from Wednesday was the Colts signing Kerry Collins to a $4 million contract just in case Peyton Manning isn’t ready to begin the season as the team’s starting quarterback.
Even though CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman has gone on record as saying that the Colts could make the playoffs even with Collins in charge of the offense, at least one of Collins’ new teammates disagrees.
That’s receiver Reggie Wayne, who said, via the AP, that “We don't even know him, 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."
Wait, wait a minute. Is Wayne saying he would rather have Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky start instead of Collins -- who certainly is past his prime but is far more accomplished than Painter and Orlovsky combined*?
*If you multiplied by 10 the combined careers of Painter and Orlovsky, Collins still would be far more accomplished.
"Who says Kerry's going to be the starter?" Wayne said. "Just because we bring him in doesn't mean he's the starter. He's got to learn too, right? Unless they gave him a playbook months ago, he's got to learn too.
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No, I have no idea what Wayne means.
As CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson pointed out Wednesday, “Anyone who has watched a Manning-less Colts offense led by the likes of Curtis Painter or Dan Orlovsky knows that it might be a four-win outfit. Collins may be a fossil in NFL years, but he's also the same guy who manned the controls when the Titans won 13 games in 2008.”
Which is why Wayne seemingly makes no sense when he says he’d rather see Painter start than Collins. After all, Collins has thrown for more than 40,000 yards and 200 touchdowns in his career, while Painter has accumulated 83 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
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