Is there any team in the NFL that relies on one player more than the Indianapolis Colts depend on Peyton Manning?
|Colts starting quarterback Peyton Manning |
will miss at least 2-to-3 months while he
recovers from neck surgery.
So in his absence, the Colts signed 38-year-old Kerry Collins out of retirement and gave him the reigns of the offense with just three weeks to learn the playbook. Needless to say, that move didn't pay off in Week 1.
Collins's stats (16-of-31, 194 yards and a touchdown) don't necessarily show that he played badly, but the 34-7 loss to division rival Houston Texans tells the whole story. Indianapolis gave up 34 straight points to Houston - who was without starting running back Arian Foster - before Collins finally tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter and the game well out of reach.
It's not that Collins isn't a good quarterback. He has proven to be a very good back-up and at times, a serviceable starter. In fact, he played well during his time with the Tennessee Titans. But for the Colts to sign this guy, who was already retired, three weeks before the season starts and put him in charge of the Indianapolis offense - what did they think was going to happen?
The starting quarterback position for the Colts isn't like any other job in the NFL. If anyone has even taken the time to watch one play with Manning at the helm, it's like watching a painter working on his masterpiece. Even if it's as simple as a run up the middle, Manning barks out orders, calls for adjustments from his offensive line and audibles into something he might like just a little bit better. Every. Single. Time. And it works, too. The former Tennessee Volunteer is easily the smartest quarterback in the league, and his knowledge of the Colts playbook is ridiculous.
No other team in the league relies on a single player as much as the Colts rely on Manning. If the Most Valuable Player award was actually given to the league's MVP, Manning would win it every year. For Indianapolis to sign Collins and give him three weeks to step into Manning's shoes only sets him and the rest of the team up for failure.
|While Peyton Manning (left) misses the next several months|
recovering from neck injury, it's up to 16-year veteran
Kerry Collins (right) to fill in the void.
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