With some fans suggesting that the Colts use their 0-2 start as a reason to tank it and win the rights to draft Stanford’s Andrew Luck, one memorable Indianapolis passer from yesteryear believes he could be the answer for the Peyton Manning-less squad.
That would be 43-year-old Jeff George, the once-strong-armed (and still-cantankerous) passer whom the Colts chose with the first overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft following a blockbuster trade.
“Just talked to Jeff George, who lives in Indy and says he could pick up that Colts offense in a matter of days,” tweeted Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times.
Never short on big promises, George’s offer to spell an over-his-head Kerry Collins from the team’s horror-show start is considerate, but it’s unlikely Indy would invite him back into the fold. George’s 14-35 record over four seasons represented one of the uglier episodes in Colts history.
It’s certainly not the first time George has attempted to talk his way back into the league. Ten seasons after he led the 1999 Vikings to an 8-2 mark in relief of an injured Randall Cunningham, George told the St. Paul Pioneer Press he would have led an Adrian Peterson-led team to the Super Bowl.
“There’s no doubt about it,” George said in 2009. “Because of the type of defensive personnel they have, and when you have an Adrian Peterson … you line him up with a veteran quarterback, who knows where to go with the ball, it’s an unstoppable combination.”
George put up intriguing numbers as the Falcons’ QB from 1994 to 1996 (including 4,143 yards and 24 touchdowns for Atlanta’s 1995 wild-card squad) before bouncing around to Oakland, Minny, Washington, Seattle — and finally a cup of coffee in Chicago in 2004, before his career finished.
And stayed finished.
— Marc Sessler