INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 13: Curtis Painter #7 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Oh how we miss Kerry Collins.
New rule: Curtis Painter is no longer allowed to throw. I hate to kick a guy when he's down but after another ghastly performance, Curtis Painter has proven he simply doesn't belong in the NFL. I am surprised he put up the numbers he did in the Big 10. The way he's playing now, I doubt he'd even start in the Patriot League.
Every time the drops back to throw, you cringe in fear. Will he trip over himself and fumble? Will he hold onto the ball 10 seconds too long and take a 10+ yard sack? Or will he throw the ball to the wrong team?
An incompletion is a godsend. Best case scenario is that Painter doesn't overthrow Garcon on the two yard screen pass allowing Garcon to stretch the play for yards after the catch.
After watching the Colts play (you only need to catch a quarter to reach this conclusion) two questions must be raised:
1. How has Painter not been cut, released or talked into early retirement?
2. Why is he allowed to throw the ball?
Against the Jags, Painter dropped back 21 taking 2 sacks and throwing 19 pass attempts. In contrast the Broncos ran the ball 28 times out of their first 32 plays and had 54 rushes overall.
At some point, you can't blame Painter. As bad as he is - and fans initial beliefs that he is the worst quarterback in the game are proving true (note: always stick with your gut impression) - you have to question the play calling.
It is simply indefensible to call 21 pass plays in 3 and-a-half-quarters, especially given that the only reason that the Colts fell behind in the first place was Painter throwing 2 interceptions (really 3 with the 12 men on the field penalty).
Accounting for the two sacks, throwing the ball with Curtis Painter netted a total of 61 yards on 21 drop backs. That is just under 3 yards per attempt.
Given that he has 0 touchdown throws in his last 120 pass attempts over the last 16 quarters, Painter should not be allowed to throw the ball ever game.
Sorry Painter, but it's time to start thinking about a new career path.