Right now, every fan has their opinion on who should be starting at QB. In my mind, it's not much of an arguement. It's an over that hill player that looks to be predictably bad verses a younger player who has shown just enough flashes to make you think there is a chance he could be better and actually move the offense and score TDs.
I realize Collins has not had much time to acclimate, but he has a lot of experience. With experience, you expect a little more out of him. He's locking on his primary receiver way to much. He's missing some really obvious blitzes. He's missing really badly on deep balls. He's not doing a good job of checking down. His accuracy is not good in general. I don't think he can function without a solid line and a good run game. We come up short in both areas. What you see is basically what you are going to get from Kerry, and right now that is a completely lost player who is playing scared. Finally, everybody is assuming that he is going to hold up. He's missed practice already with shoulder issues. It looks like he got a concussion tonight. He is what 38? It's about 50-50 that he even holds up for the year.
Painter might be worse. Even if he isn't, it's highly probable he won't be good. However, there is a reasonable chance that with experience he could be decent and move this offense. He has shown more on two drives, one against GB and one against the Steelers, than Collins has the entire time he has been here. He has shown the ability to hit deep throws. He knows the playbook. He has decent timing with receivers. He's skipping quite a few balls, but that may go away for the most part with some experience. He has the potential to be better, which is more than I can say for Collins right now. There is a chance he could still be a Colt next year. Collins will not be with a 10 mil price tag. Might as well kick the tires this season and find out what we got. He is a gamble with upside that offers an alternative to the predictable stagnation that is Kerry Collins.
One arguement that has been thrown out there by BBS and some others is we paid Collins 4 mil so he must be better. Wrong. It is 100% total BS. It means we thought he was better. That money has been paid and is gone, so don't even think about it. We will be out the money and cap space no matter who starts. Decisions need to be made based on who is the better QB and who gives us the best chance to win. If you think it is Collins, fine. Just make your arguement on the player and not the contract. I don't see how a writer can make an arguement that the best player regardless of draft position deserves a roster spot, and then change philosophies when it comes to starting and contracts. The best players should play, period.