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Colts Positional Review: Quarterback

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Before the draft talk kicks into full gear with the "Who the Hell Will They Draft?" series, we need to take a look at the roster and for where it needs upgrades and where it doesn't have room for any. I'll start with the positions least effected by free agency and work down the line, hopefully allowing the picture to clear at a few positions.

First up, Quarterback.  The starter is clearly established and I suspect we can all agree, not someone who needs be replaced by anyone in the draft. Both backups, a veteran and a developmental player, are under contract for next season leaving no real room for a significant addition.

Peyton Manning:

Just another All-Pro caliber season for the 2009 MVP (his NFL record, 4th). Manning carried the Colts offense finishing 3th in the league in pass attempts, despite sitting for large portions of the final two games.

Comp Att Comp% Yards Y/A TD INT Rate ANY/A
393 571 68.8% 4,500 7.9 33 16 99.9 7.5

 

Peyton exceeded his own averages almost across the board. This past year was a truly special season. The extension that'll likely keep Peyton a Colt through the eventual end of his career is approaching, but it's just a matter of when it gets done, not whether.

Jim Sorgi:

Sorgi did not attempt a pass for the team this season and only saw action in just one game. He's entering the last year of his contract, but with Painter's struggles when he saw the field, Sorgi's job seems secure for another year at least.

Curtis Painter:

The 6th round rookie seeing his first action in months against two top pass Ds with backup targets looked like a 6th round rookie seeing his first action in months against two top pass Ds with backup targets.

Comp Att Comp% Yards Y/A TD INT Rate ANY/A
8 28 28.6% 83 3.0 0 2 9.8 -0.7

 

Yeah, it was bad, but we all knew that Painter was a developmental project, it shouldn't be a shock that he looked bad in the rough spot he was thrown into. Painter signed a 4 year contract, so he'll get time to adjust and improve.

 

Likelihood of addition(s):  Very Low

The Colts have the best QB in the league an entrenched backup and a project who is going to get significantly more than 1 year to show what he can do.