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No decision yet on whether Painter gets another start

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As the Andrew Luck Elimination Series moves from Kansas City (where the Chiefs hosted the Vikings) to Indianapolis (where the Colts host the Chiefs), it’s unknown whether Curtis Painter will get his second career start for the home team.

“It’s a little early,” Painter told the media on Wednesday regarding whether he’ll get the assignment.  “I’m just going to try and go in there with the mindset that I will be playing.  Whatever happens down the road, we’ll go off that.”

He evaded the question of whether he thinks he won the starting job based on his Monday night performance at Tampa.  “We did some things well and we scored a couple of times,” Painter said.  “I can’t speculate on whether I earned it or not.  I guess we did some things well, but we need to improve on it also.”

Still, it’s clear that Painter would like to be on the field again.  “I don’t think there is a guy in the NFL who doesn’t want to play,” Painter said.  “Certainly, I would love to play.  Again, whatever role I need to be in, I’ll take that role.”

Painter played well for the Colts, who lost a close game for the third straight time after a 27-point Week One loss to the Texans.  But coach Jim Caldwell seemed to imply that, once Kerry Collins is cleared to play, Collins will once again be the starter.  “At this point Kerry has not cleared as of yet,” Caldwell said.  “Curtis is our starter until our doctors tell us otherwise.”

Wow.  So now we know who’s really making the lineup decisions for the Colts.

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17 Responses to “No decision yet on whether Painter gets another start”
  1. nineroutsider says: Oct 5, 2011 6:14 PM

    Just play the kid, it shouldn’t even be a question. In a few weeks he will be making a lot more plays. He never got to practice or play before because the Colts didn’t even know they had a backup for more than a decade.

    Play the kid! There is no guarantee that Luck even comes out this year (he has 1 more year of eligibility), so play the kid! He at least makes them watchable and as a fan I always want to see competitive football, especially from my team. I am sure Colts fans want Painter(?).

  2. commandercornpone says: Oct 5, 2011 6:46 PM

    hopefully the doctors will declare the obvious, that caldwell isnt well nuff to coach. and never has been.

  3. NFLJunkie says: Oct 5, 2011 6:53 PM

    I think Painter should get another start. And a haircut.

  4. citizenstrange says: Oct 5, 2011 7:03 PM

    “At this point Kerry has not cleared as of yet,”
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    It wouldn’t be prudent at this juncture…

  5. txxxchief says: Oct 5, 2011 7:14 PM

    As a Chiefs fan, I’m not quite ready to annoint Todd Haley as coach of the year for screaming at Matt Cassel and generally showing his arse on camera. The Chiefs have fielded some very good teams over the past 20 years or so, but the lack of a legitimate “franchise” QB (admittedly amongst other things) has held them back. While I don’t want to se KC lose, being able to draft a potentially breakthorough player is appealing. I know the Colts need a backup plan, but I think Peyton is probably the best player ever to play the game, and I hope he is able to come back from his injury.

  6. trbowman says: Oct 5, 2011 7:23 PM

    Nate Davis > Painter

  7. cmgww says: Oct 5, 2011 8:40 PM

    Umm..no. Davis was a great college QB, but his learning disability has hurt him greatly in learning a much more complex NFL playbook. I went to Ball State and followed him closely

  8. cmgww says: Oct 5, 2011 8:45 PM

    Funny….how Indy fans wanted Painter run out of town on the next flight when Manning was healthy…now they are calling for him like he’s the 2nd coming. Truth is, he never had a chance before this game to game plan. He got thrown to the wolves in 2009 Jets “give up” game and fans blamed him for the loss (was not his fault). The only other time he’s played is garbage minutes and preseason. That said, he’s the Colts’ best chance to win this season. Collins is DONE. They should have never brought him in in the first place. Painter might have the Colts at 2-2 right now if he’d played the whole season. Pitt and Cleveland woulda been wins (he only played 2 series late in the Steelers game, again no prep, would have been different had he had a week to prepare)

  9. gt40bear says: Oct 5, 2011 9:00 PM

    Play the kid, he performed pretty well Monday night against my Bucs. Had me concerned for a while. More experience and a howitzer for an arm and he could be pretty good.

  10. savannahrose44 says: Oct 5, 2011 9:53 PM

    Kerry Collins is a bum. He’s played like garbage. How the Colts even consider letting him start again is beyond my comprehension. Curtis Painter performed well in his first start in 3 years of study and bench warming. This kid knows the offense and he knows how to take command of the team. Considering the state of the Colts line in the game vs Tampa Bay it should say something that this kid put up a 99.4 QB rating. Give the kid a chance he has earned it.

  11. thestrunzo says: Oct 5, 2011 10:45 PM

    Nate Davis is horrible! The colts need not waste the opportunity to have Painter get more experience allthewhile giving the Colts probably the best shot at winning. If you’re trying to keep the losing streak going in the hopes of landing Luck, then by all means start Davis.

  12. hedleykow says: Oct 5, 2011 11:34 PM

    I’ve seen a lot worse. Painter doesn’t even come close to making me shed actual tears. And he has proven to have a pretty strong chin so far.

  13. redstar504 says: Oct 6, 2011 12:35 AM

    “At this point Kerry has not cleared as of yet,” Caldwell said. “Curtis is our starter until our doctors tell us otherwise.”

    Wow. So now we know who’s really making the lineup decisions for the Colts.
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    What they don’t tell you is Peyton Manning is also the team doctor.

    Seriously, Caldwell has to go. This guy is not an NFL head coach. He was hand picked by Tony Dungy and has done nothing but ride off his (Dungy) accomplishments and the talent of Manning. Caldwell looks fine when all he has to do is sit there an look the part why Manning does all the work but when it’s on him he strikes me as a fool and a coward.

    I am sure it will anger Manning but the Colts need to get a coach that can run his own ship. Manning is a captain but the coach is a general. They need a general that can act like one and get Peyton to take orders and execute them like a captain is supposed to do.

  14. rogerbrad says: Oct 6, 2011 2:06 AM

    Wow. The Doc is the pseudo coach.

  15. castro95 says: Oct 6, 2011 8:07 AM

    What they don’t tell you is Peyton Manning is also the team doctor.

    Seriously, Caldwell has to go. This guy is not an NFL head coach. He was hand picked by Tony Dungy and has done nothing but ride off his (Dungy) accomplishments and the talent of Manning. Caldwell looks fine when all he has to do is sit there an look the part why Manning does all the work but when it’s on him he strikes me as a fool and a coward.

    I am sure it will anger Manning but the Colts need to get a coach that can run his own ship. Manning is a captain but the coach is a general. They need a general that can act like one and get Peyton to take orders and execute them like a captain is supposed to do.

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    You don’t think Dungy did the same thing. Dungy is still and will always ride the coat tails of Payton Manning. The real coach was on the field and now in the press box calling the audibles in Painters ear. I give none of the offensive coaches any credit for what the Colts have done it all goes to Payton Manning.

  16. kingmj4891 says: Oct 6, 2011 9:14 AM

    Is it just me or is Jim Cadwell a horrible coach?

  17. CKL says: Oct 6, 2011 2:54 PM

    castro95 says: Oct 6, 2011 8:07 AM

    You don’t think Dungy did the same thing. Dungy is still and will always ride the coat tails of Payton Manning. The real coach was on the field and now in the press box calling the audibles in Painters ear. I give none of the offensive coaches any credit for what the Colts have done it all goes to Payton Manning.
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    Why then was PM so mad when the Colts were going to let Tom Moore walk? He likes having an OC around for the helluvit? That’s a bunch of hagiographizing by the media (that PM DOES IT ALL!!!!!) and you fell for it.

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