The Peyton Manning injury has become so worrisome that the team has decided to bring in veteran QB Kerry Collins, who had been enjoying retirement, in case Manning is unable to go week 1. While Collins is a serviceable quarterback it’s hard to assume that he’s going to be ready to start after being with the team for only two weeks. This is part of the point that Colts WR Reggie Wayne was making in his recent comments.
“We don’t even know him, we ain’t vanilla, man, we ain’t no simple offense,” Wayne explained. “So for him to can come in here and be the starter, I don’t see it. I think that’s a step back.”
“Who says Kerry’s going to be the starter?” Wayne continued. “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. I don’t care who you are, I mean I’m not going to let anyone just come in here and just push someone (like Painter) aside like you’re that dog now, you know what I mean?”
It’s not just learning the playbook but understanding the players tendencies that he’s working with that will be a challenge for the Colts offense if they are forced to go with Collins as their starter. Both Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky haven’t looked all that great during preseason so you can see why the Colts would want to bring in someone in case Manning can’t play. Keep in mind that there is still a chance that Manning is able to play in week 1 but this move obviously illustrates the teams concerns regarding Manning’s neck injury.