Signing Kerry Collins Was A Good Move

There’s been a lot of debate over the significance of the Colts signing veteran quarterback Kerry Collins lately, and rightfully so.  We’ve been on a roller coaster ride about the condition of Peyton Manning after his neck surgery.  It seems every day the talking heads on Yahoo and ESPN are proclaiming a new likelihood of Manning being ready to play for the September 11 opener against the Houston Texans (the good news is that, as I’m sure many of you saw, Manning was upgraded from the physically-unable-to-play list today and is now on the active roster).

Either way, I actually feel pretty good about having Collins join the Blue and White roster.  And why shouldn’t I be?  Indy has opted to sign a very (yes, emphasis on very) experienced quarterback to help run the offense in the scenario that Manning won’t be ready to play the first or second week.  I feel good about this decision for a couple of reasons.

This picture was actually taken whilst Collins was playing against the Colts. He looks confident.

First, Collins is a proven quality quarterback.  He has seen success with a handful of teams over the last 17 years, even going to a Super Bowl with the New York Giants during the 2000 season.  But more importantly, Collins has played and seen success in the AFC South for the past five years.  He helmed the one team to temporarily take the AFC South Divisional title

away from the Colts in 2008 with the Titans 13-3 record that year.  He knows how to captain an offense to defeat AFC South teams (and certainly NFL teams of the Cleveland Browns caliber).

The second reason I like signing Collins is because it is a signing that clearly indicates the Colts are looking for short-term solutions.  Obviously, no one is going to take Collins over Manning (no offense Kerry), but Indy just needs a shot in the arm that Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky cannot provide.  The Colts management know that the divisional race is going to be tough this year, so they need a proven quarterback that can help them win one, maybe two games should Manning be unavailable.  I think Kerry Collins can do that.  And if throwing him in as QB prevents Manning from feeling like he has to get in the game pre-maturely before he’s healthy enough to do it (and could sustain an even worse injury), I think it would be worth the money for that reason alone.

Finally, I think even if Manning is out for game one (which seems to be less and less the case), Collins helps the Colts maintain a certain amount of swagger for their offense.  Sure, many teams test out back-up QBs and rookie QBs, but it seems less common that those quarterbacks are so unanimously renown for not being good (with maybe the exception of any time that Daunte Culpepper makes a reappearance).  I think with Collins in there, the Texans (and possibly the Browns) defense can’t just show up and intimidate a young, inexperienced quarterback.  Collins has a certain level of respect that they won’t be able to just laugh at.  Much like Brett Favre has proven in his twilight years, it would be a mistake to not respect his talent, even at an old age.

So all said and done, good job Indianapolis Colts.  There could have been way worse ways to go about this situation, like trusting Curtis Painter not to throw four interceptions (no offense, kid, but we just can’t risk it).  Now, let’s just hope that Manning will be good to go on September 11 and this whole blog post will be moot.


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