Kerry Collins, Stand-Up Guy

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Kerry Collins #5 of the Indianapolis Colts looks at replay while the Colts play against the Houston Texans on September 11, 2011 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Texans won 34 to 7.(Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

I don't fault Collins solely for the Colts 34-7 loss to the Texans. But, like all good leaders, Collins took it upon himself to shoulder the blame for the team today. From Phil Wilson:

Colts quarterback Kerry Collins was a stand-up guy today. He met with the media one day after the Colts’ rather humbling 34-7 loss at Houston to open the season.

When the other guy, the one named Peyton, was doing his thing, we talked to the quarterback on Wednesdays and after games. But I got the sense Collins wanted to answer the questions and let people know he’s eager to continue the fight. I saw him as a 17th-year pro trying to set the example for being a pro, which among other things means accepting accountability.

And he did that. Not that much of it was his fault — it wasn’t — but stand-up guys are appreciated by us reporters, even those of us who form the "soft" local media.

Tough to hate on Collins. Just seems to approach things like a pro. My worry isn't No. 5. It's the line in front of him, and the overpaid players on defense who couldn't stop my 60-year-old father-in-law and his new, plastic knee from gaining four yards if he took a pitch off-tackle.

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