While Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s recent tweets and actions suggest otherwise, Curtis Painter has a supporter in Indianapolis.
Colts star receiver Reggie Wayne did not seem pleased that Kerry Collins ended his retirement and agreed to terms with the team yesterday.
Playing the role of loyal teammate, Wayne seemed to defend the notion to local media that the Colts needed help.
If they open the doors for Kerry Collins to come, then that’s fine. I can’t do (anything) about that anyways. But I’ll be damned if we’re going to open the doors for someone else, and just drop our heads on who we already have. The Colts are big on protecting their own, so I’m (going to) help protect our own.
To an extent, Wayne has a point.
When the Texans and Colts meet on September 11, is it reasonable to think that Collins could possibly be ready to start if Peyton Manning can’t go?
Perhaps not. Wayne thinks Collins catching up on the Colts offensive system by the opener could be problematic for the 38-year-old quarterback.
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.
Also, quickly developing chemistry with receivers that he has never worked with could also be a big issue.
Thus, for the short term (and I can’t believe I’m got to type this) having Painter as the number two isn’t the worst idea in the world…until Collins knows what he is doing with the offense.
It appears no one knows for sure when he’ll return but whether Wayne likes it or not, bringing in a veteran gives Indianapolis a chance to compete if Manning struggles with injury this season.