After one week of the Kerry Collins experience in Indianapolis, NFL Network analyst Joe Theismann is ready to hit the panic button.
In fact, while many believe the veteran Collins — who struggled along with the rest of the offense, completing 16 of 31 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown — will eventually be able to execute the offense, Theismann is subscribing to the fact there is (or at least should be) a quarterback controversy for the Peyton Manning-less Colts.
“Curtis Painter has been there for three years,” Theismann said on “Playbook” Thursday. “I have to be thinking, if I’m Painter, ‘How bad am I that they’re going to bring a guy in, spend two weeks, and start him ahead of me?’ He doesn’t know the offense.
“Painter, he’s a guy who understands the offense. He knows where the receivers are supposed to be. He has some familiarity with the receivers. I still, for the life of me, can not understand why Collins was chosen to be the starter. Is he just a friend of Peyton’s? I don’t understand it.”
The truth of the matter is, it might not matter who is lining up at quarterback for the Colts if his name isn’t Peyton Manning.