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Colts won’t declare Painter starter just yet

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After the Colts loss last night, the Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star wrote that the team may as well stick with Curtis Painter at quarterback even if Kerry Collins gets healthy.

We agree.  The Colts offense at least resembled a Colts offense in how they approached the game, even if Painter couldn’t always execute.

For now, Jim Caldwell won’t say who will start this week against the Chiefs.

“We’re not going to make that decision today,” Caldwell said. “I can tell you he did the things we asked him to do.  Obviously you can see he had some bright spots, but we’ll see how things go the next day or so.”

The Colts confirmed that defensive tackle Eric Foster underwent surgery on Tuesday. He’ll be in Tampa for a few more days.  The team didn’t update the injuries for rookie tackles Anthony Castonzo (left ankle) and Ben Ijalana (left knee).

Indianapolis hosts Kansas City on Sunday, which figures to be Indy’s best chance f0r a win for a while.  It also figures to be the game I want to watch the least this Sunday.

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36 Responses to “Colts won’t declare Painter starter just yet”
  1. cereal blogger says: Oct 4, 2011 4:49 PM

    Curtis Painter is really Kurt Cobain

  2. jacunn2000 says: Oct 4, 2011 4:54 PM

    Thats good. Nobody else has declared him a starter either.

  3. oriolesvsravens says: Oct 4, 2011 4:58 PM

    Still waiting on Peyton I guess.

  4. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 4, 2011 5:03 PM

    Let’s say the colts end up finishing last… but they get word that Manning will be able to make a full comeback and play a handful of Manning quality years.

    Trade the Andrew Luck pick for boat loads and give this team talent that will carry it for years to come… just a possible scenario.

  5. skoobyfl says: Oct 4, 2011 5:03 PM

    Colts want to be LUCKy.

  6. ar1888 says: Oct 4, 2011 5:05 PM

    Common sense says he will start against KC.

  7. wte1 says: Oct 4, 2011 5:06 PM

    The Colts are 0-4 without Peyton.

    New England finished 11-5 the year Brady got hurt in Game 1.

    Some people say Belichick would be nothing without Brady.

    They can now say otherwise.

    It is Belichick. It is the system.

  8. mangoldbond says: Oct 4, 2011 5:09 PM

    Curtis Painter looks like a player from the London Silly Nannies from that family guy episode.

  9. youngry says: Oct 4, 2011 5:09 PM

    Painter was better than I expected, which was him to be the worst QB in NFL history. Actually showed he has a nice arm that can make some throws. Why go with a 37 year old has been? Find out if this kid can at least be a backup in the future when Peyton retires.

    BUT I will say that his haircut alone makes him look like he doesn’t belong in the NFL. Someone get that man a pair of clippers, he needs them in the worst way.

  10. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 4, 2011 5:10 PM

    Considering his game experience, Painter didn’t look terrible.

  11. 4ever19 says: Oct 4, 2011 5:11 PM

    They won’t have any chance if they have no offensive or defensive linemen – won’t matter if my beloved Johnny U in his heyday were starting at QB

  12. scudbot says: Oct 4, 2011 5:11 PM

    Right. Who’s #4 on the Colts QB depth chart?

  13. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Oct 4, 2011 5:17 PM

    Leave it to Caldwell to have trouble with this decision… it’s easy, just play Painter…

    Why? simply put, because he’s “less crappy” than Collins

  14. kqole25 says: Oct 4, 2011 5:23 PM

    What good could come out of playing Collins? Nothing!

    May as well play Painter and at least it will give a Colts back up QB some experience for a change.

  15. jimbobobjr says: Oct 4, 2011 5:26 PM

    I finally figure out who Curtis Painter looks like-Joe Elliott, lead singer of Def Leppard.

  16. dannymac17 says: Oct 4, 2011 5:28 PM

    He made a few decent throws, cant lie

    but for the love of god cut your hair spicoli

    dude looks like jeremy shockey, only slower.

  17. bushleaguers says: Oct 4, 2011 5:28 PM

    “For now, Jim Caldwell won’t say who will start this week against the Chiefs.”

    It’s not like he gets to make that decision anyway.

  18. itstariq says: Oct 4, 2011 5:36 PM

    Eh, give him a couple more games to start and more time in practice. It should help the timing and execution and if it doesn’t, you’re in the lead for the Luck sweepstakes.

  19. bigblueblitz says: Oct 4, 2011 5:51 PM

    still waiting for Jim Irsay’s decision.

  20. y5nthon5a says: Oct 4, 2011 5:55 PM

    This is ridiculous. Curtis Painter showed against a good Bucs defense that he can at least be a decent player. Let him play. See what he has, and maybe he’ll be your QB in the future? He has potential and knows much more of the offense than Collins does.

    But of course, maybe they are in the “suck for luck” race…

  21. ecnasty says: Oct 4, 2011 6:02 PM

    He looked better than Collins.

  22. txxxchief says: Oct 4, 2011 6:08 PM

    Thanks for the downer Gregg! This could be the crucial game in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. There’s alot on the line for both teams come Sunday.

  23. curtispaintersbackup says: Oct 4, 2011 6:30 PM

    Caldwell must not have gotten the okay from Polian yet.

  24. itsmammoth says: Oct 4, 2011 6:33 PM

    They just need to come out and say it already… you’re in the hunt for Andrew Luck. If they really wanted to win they could’ve made offers to a few other suitable QB’s on the market. Kerry Collins didn’t work out, so I see them throwing in the towel.

    Imagine picking up Luck and your franchise never missing a beat after the retirement of Manning… my oh, my… what a blessing in disguise.

  25. indywilson40 says: Oct 4, 2011 6:43 PM

    Play the quarterback that gives us the best chance to go 0-16. Andrew Luck awaits.

  26. richatthelake says: Oct 4, 2011 6:52 PM

    don’t want to watch this game eh? I guess you’re hot to watch the Arizona-Minnesota contest?

  27. heeeeelzfan says: Oct 4, 2011 7:57 PM

    The sole focus now should be 0-16. Shelf Manning. Let him heel. Let him rest. Let him watch film. Enjoy his kids for a year. Rejuvenate him. Don’t wear out Mathis and/or Freeney. Bullitt, Foster, Brackett, etc. all get ready for next year. Audition for the offensive line, sans Saturday. Play Jerry Hughes a lot. If he doesn’t get it done this year, cut your losses. Ditto for Gonzo. Ditto for running backs except Addai, who actually has looked pretty good. Replace Caldwell (Gruden?). Draft Luck with the first pick. I’m scared of the KC game. Indy actually could win this one. Not good.

  28. chowface86 says: Oct 4, 2011 8:22 PM

    Brodie Croyle will be signed and torch.

  29. cmgww says: Oct 4, 2011 8:35 PM

    Let’s see…plays well being thrown into the Pittsburgh game..Plays decent last night despite an offensive line that was missing three starters (Costanzo went out early), a rookie starting in his place at LT….He’s nowhere near Manning at all, but he’s a lot better option than Collins. He knows the system, and is the Colts best chance to win a few games…I am sick of the front office screwing with things. Polian has been great at building this team over the years but he’s an egomaniac, control freak. Caldwell is his puppet. At least Dungy had some backbone.

  30. ern215 says: Oct 4, 2011 8:53 PM

    wtf?
    why do they keep playing with this guys confidence?
    just name him the starter so he can play more freely, without an 1800 pound axe hanging over his head

  31. cliverush says: Oct 4, 2011 9:22 PM

    This team should not go into the tank for the opportunity to draft a player still in college. This idea of allowing a losing atmosphere to invade the locker room could spell doom for the team. There are still 53 players on the roster for the game. Guys are getting hurt giving their all. A great quarterback such as Manning gives the Colts a chance to win every game. A team of players who are team mates striving to win can do the same.

  32. Spencer says: Oct 4, 2011 9:30 PM

    Who cares? In a few short months they’ll have Andrew Luck.

  33. josh928 says: Oct 4, 2011 11:42 PM

    Jim Sorgi we miss u

  34. savannahrose44 says: Oct 5, 2011 2:56 AM

    Painter did a decent job considering that was his first official NFL start in 3 years on the bench. He showed a better command of the Colts offense than Collins ever will. With the team as beat up as they were missing all those linemen it’s astounding that he was able to finish with a 99.4 passer rating for the game. Let the kid play.

  35. jasonculhane says: Oct 5, 2011 11:11 AM

    Painter has “Chucky” hair. But agree, he needs to start and really gives them the best chance to win. But I doubt he’ll start. Bill Polian over paid for Kerry Collins and to Bill Polian Kerry has “mastered” the offense. Bill Polian sees a complete different game then we do, he drafted Kerry so in Bill’s mind, Kerry is the second best quarterback in the league, because Bill drafted him, we just don’t know it yet:)

  36. popolover says: Oct 5, 2011 11:17 PM

    I am thrilled that there are some of you that actually get Polian and his antics. Now all we have to do is get Jimmy to see them!

    Still waiting for my cash money Bill and Chris and I will shut up!

    Also who is the whacko who votes down on the Polian slams (or as I call them truths)? Must be family.

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