Colts fans don’t boo much, but they are getting used to it when Curtis Painter is on the field.
The Colts’ backup quarterback was booed lustily after he threw three interceptions and fumbled the ball during the preseason opener, reminding a lot of folks of Week Sixteen last year when the Colts gave up on a perfect season.
Painter also struggled badly when he played last year, but the Colts aren’t considering replacing him.
“Sometimes, I think everyone can get ahead of themselves and not
give an individual a fair shake,” coach Jim Caldwell said. “He’s still our second-string
quarterback. We believe in him. He’s going to develop and grow. It just
takes some time.”
It’s not like the Caldwell has great options on the roster; Tom Brandstater is next on the depth chart.