Everyone wants to put in their opinion about how bad the Colts will be this year or how Peyton's injury is super severe. I respect everyone's opinions and we'll have to wait until December to see who is right and wrong, but I just want to point out a couple things that might change your perspective about whether or not Kerry Collins can get the job done.
- Kerry Collins a two time Pro-Bowler, most recently in 2008.
- He is ranked 11th on the NFL's All Time Passing Yards list. He is also 10th for All Time Total Offense.
- The receivers that he's thrown to can best be described as average. They include: Amani Toomer, Ike Hilliard, Jeremy Shockey, Jerry Porter, and Randy Moss (during the Oakland years, enough said). None of these guys are really on par with Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark.
- He is very familiar with Bill Polian, who was the G.M. that drafted him, and Jim Caldwell, who was his Qbs coach briefly at Penn State. This can only help as far as communication goes.
- He lead Penn State in 1994 to a perfect season. Not something that any QB can do.
- He lead the Panthers to the NFC Championship game in '96, only to be beaten by the Green Bay Packers who then went on to win Brett Favre's only Super Bowl victory. He also lead the NY Giants to the 2000 Super Bowl where they lost against the Ravens who had what many consider one of the best defenses of all time.
- Over the past 3 seasons, Collins has a higher QB rating (76.0) than the Jags Luke McCown (52.9) and the Titans Matt Hasselbeck (68.7). We still don't have the worst QB situation in our division.
I'm not saying that Kerry Collins is going to be as good as Peyton Manning, or even that if he starts the entire season we'll be better than 8-8. All I'm saying is, this guy is a competitor, and if Peyton comes back within 6 weeks of the season, we might still be in contention.
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