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Dan Orlovsky gets the call for Colts

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Well, Dan Orlovsky has a chance to make history.

He can be the man that helps the Colts avoid 0-16.  Or he can be the man who gets stuck as the starting quarterback on two different 0-16 teams.

Colts coach Jim Caldwell revealed Tuesday that Dan Orlovsky will take over for Curtis Painter as the team’s starter.  Caldwell made the announcement at the press conference to fire coordinator Larry Coyer — the man Caldwell chose for the job in 2009.

Orlovsky is unlikely to help the Colts get a win over the next two weeks. Indianapolis heads to New England, and then Baltimore.

The Colts will have a better chance later in the season when they host the Titans and Texans before traveling to Jacksonville.

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54 Responses to “Dan Orlovsky gets the call for Colts”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 29, 2011 1:29 PM

    They fired the painter?

  2. bearsrulepackdrool says: Nov 29, 2011 1:30 PM

    He can be the man that helps the Colts avoid 0-16. Or he can be the man who gets stuck as the starting quarterback on two different 0-16 teams.
    ___________________

    The Colts are horrible for making Orlovsky AND Ernie Sims go through this again. At least cut them.

  3. trbowman says: Nov 29, 2011 1:30 PM

    Painter will be back in the saddle after Orlovsky faceplants against Baltimore. Enjoy your two game stint, Dan.

  4. yevrag3535 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:30 PM

    Go Dan Go…..

  5. medtxpack says: Nov 29, 2011 1:31 PM

    two 0-16 teams for Dan, well that sucks.

  6. joekuze says: Nov 29, 2011 1:31 PM

    Hopefully he doesn’t run out of the end zone this time.

  7. 6ball says: Nov 29, 2011 1:34 PM

    .

    Bet the Patriots are sh*tting themselves.

    .

  8. tunescribe says: Nov 29, 2011 1:35 PM

    Firing a first mate on an already sunken ship is preposterous. Caldwell should’ve fired himself.

  9. t16rich says: Nov 29, 2011 1:37 PM

    Is this the guy who ran out of his own endzone? Oh what a day. Get comfy Luck. Looks like you’ll be Peytons ball boy for a couple years.

  10. habsman says: Nov 29, 2011 1:38 PM

    He’ll probably throw for 400 and the Pat’s will win by 40.

  11. rickster8 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:38 PM

    UGH, time to bench Pierre’ Garcon for sure now….

  12. heyguru1969 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:39 PM

    Dan Orlovsky is an anagram for “Snaky Lovrod” so maybe he can bring some 70’s Boogie Nights voodoo instead of 2010’s Jim Caldwell doodoo.

  13. realitypolice says: Nov 29, 2011 1:40 PM

    Well, that’ll fix everything.

  14. dalucks says: Nov 29, 2011 1:41 PM

    Thank you so very much Indianapolis. I am glad Dan Orlovsky is your quarterback because I did not want him in Houston.

  15. freddyfreeloader says: Nov 29, 2011 1:41 PM

    This move made sense three weeks ago. Better late than never.

  16. bigdan7885 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:43 PM

    Ok NOW it’s on…

  17. hatesycophants says: Nov 29, 2011 1:43 PM

    Good luck, Dan-O!!

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  18. radrntn says: Nov 29, 2011 1:44 PM

    oh not Kyle Orton, oh thats right, the Colts did not try to claim him. They are set at QB (next year that is)

    CHEATERS!

  19. Bubby Brister says: Nov 29, 2011 1:44 PM

    Oh man. I feel bad for the guy but it would be sort of hilarious if they end up 0-16. Talk about bad luck.

    That being said, I don’t see 0-16 happening. They’re bad, but they’re not THAT bad.

  20. Slackmo says: Nov 29, 2011 1:44 PM

    Dan Orlovski: The Man with Two O’s

  21. predicatepanda says: Nov 29, 2011 1:45 PM

    Can’t wait to hear Belichick talk up all the problems that Dan Orlovsky presents for a defense.

  22. rarson says: Nov 29, 2011 1:45 PM

    Who cares? Doesn’t matter.

  23. aboveaveragejoe11 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:46 PM

    Will the Pats score more than the 62 points the Saints scored against the Colts this weekend?

    Thumbs up for over.

  24. jsho55 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:47 PM

    Thats to bad Curtis Painter wont finish the season.

    He could have potentially had – caused an 0-16 season and prevented a 16-0 season on his resume.

  25. oren120 says: Nov 29, 2011 1:47 PM

    Just keep him away from the back end of his own endzone, and he’ll be just fine.

  26. southpaw2k says: Nov 29, 2011 1:59 PM

    I’m getting flashbacks of Dave Wannstedt’s last season in Miami when he had to choose between A.J. Feeler and Jay Fielder at quarterback. At least they still managed to win a few games.

  27. davin510 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:01 PM

    I think this game will be more competitive that most think. NE by 5

    Touchdowns

  28. otistaylor89 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:04 PM

    I’m trying to think what would be better to be known as, either “The Man who was on two different 0-16 teams” or “The Man who ran out of the back of the endzone”.

    I’ll would take option “C”.

  29. kosarsmyidol says: Nov 29, 2011 2:05 PM

    Am I the only one who would love to see him light it up?

  30. cletusvandam says: Nov 29, 2011 2:05 PM

    It’s too bad that someone like Kyle Orton wasn’t available. Oh wait…

  31. joecb91 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:05 PM

    Orlovsky must be cursed

  32. p4ever says: Nov 29, 2011 2:09 PM

    The Colts will miraculously win a game after they clinch the “Suck for Luck” contest.

  33. jaggedmark says: Nov 29, 2011 2:09 PM

    I can’t wait to see Orlovsky run his patented out of the back of the end zone pass play!

  34. p31squared says: Nov 29, 2011 2:16 PM

    Hey Radrntn,

    Colts couldn’t put in a claim on Orton because they would have been over the cap picking up his salary. They paid Kerry Collins $4 million this year to come out of retirement and fumble a bunch. And I hardly think they’re cheating their way to 0-16. If you’ve watched any of their games this year, the players aren’t trying to lose. They simply just aren’t very good. Save the cheaters moniker for someone who deserves it.
    *cough* Patriots.

  35. dcfan4life says: Nov 29, 2011 2:18 PM

    Most of you are missing a small point here about how arguably the most useless coach in NFL history Jim Caldwell is trying to shake things up to save his job. Well, he wont…

  36. chitown26 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:24 PM

    I wonder if this means I should put Reggie Wayne back in my fantasy lineup?

    …probably not. :-(

  37. war27 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:24 PM

    Light em up DanO.

    This guys better then most would think he just got cursed being drafted by one of the worse football teams of all time.

    Gotta cheer for what will probably be the last UCONN QB in the NFL.

  38. fatguystrangler says: Nov 29, 2011 2:31 PM

    Talk about rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic…

    Really, though, I’m hoping he can help pull out a win.

  39. texansarenumber1 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:43 PM

    Phsssh please the winnless colts wouldn’t have a chance with the texans even with t.j. Yates

  40. donz0 says: Nov 29, 2011 2:45 PM

    Know your Boundaries, Dan.

  41. bosfaninva says: Nov 29, 2011 2:59 PM

    Take the Pats, lay the 21.

  42. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Nov 29, 2011 3:05 PM

    Rumor out of Stanford is that if the Colts have the first pick he’ll play his senior year. Or even better, he says, “I’m not going to sit for 3 yrs behind PM so I’m staying in school.

    Polian, one of the biggest whiners in the league, would get his just desserts.

  43. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Nov 29, 2011 3:09 PM

    Orlovsky isn’t as bad as people think… they might have gone 0-16, but a lot of those games they lost 24-35… or 28-40…

    Offense wasn’t necessarily the problem for them… At least he was putting up some points

  44. jmclarkent says: Nov 29, 2011 3:27 PM

    How terrible is JaMarcus Russell that guys like Painter, Orlivsky, Palko, Skelton, Haine, Beck and Yates can get starts and he can’t even make a team as a 3rd QB…

  45. pastabelly says: Nov 29, 2011 3:34 PM

    If the spread is over 27.5, I might take the points and the Colts and hope Belichick has some pity and want Hoyer to get some work in.

  46. ampats says: Nov 29, 2011 3:43 PM

    Looks like another week to heal for McCourty, Chung and Spikes.

    BB should start Edelman at CB this week along with Adams. Good time to give Sergio Brown some work at safety along with Sterling Moore.

    Perfect time to give the JV some reps.

  47. jackfnburton says: Nov 29, 2011 4:02 PM

    You see? Relax, Colts fans. Dan Orlovsky to the rescue. You can all sleep again.

  48. freebird2011 says: Nov 29, 2011 4:33 PM

    When Orlovsky started for the Lions, he had several good games with a QB rating above 88.

    In the 12-10 loss to the Vikings, Orlovsky had a 95 rating.

    In a 28-21 loss to the Texans, Orlovsky threw for 265 yards had a 99.6 rating.

    In a 25-17 loss to the Redskins, Orlovsky threw for 223 yards and had an 88.2 rating.

    In those 3 games, Orlovsky had 3 TDs and 0 Ints.

    In a 27-23 loss to the Bears, Orlovsky was playing great until he suffered a fracture on his hand. Before the injury, he had 2 TDs–after the injury, he continued playing and had 2 picks. Orlovsky finished with 292 yards passing an a 74 rating.

    Lastly, after missing a few games due to inury, in a 31-21 loss to the Peyton Manning led Colts, Orlovsky threw for 233 yards, had 1 TD 0 Ints, and a rating of 96.8.

    In sum, Orlovsky wasn’t that bad for the 2008 Lions.

  49. kriswd40 says: Nov 29, 2011 4:40 PM

    Is it too late for NBC to flex the Colts / Pats game back into Sunday night? This just got interesting!

  50. savannahrose44 says: Nov 29, 2011 4:41 PM

    Maybe Dan Orlovsky will be smart enough to throw to Reggie Wayne…Painter didn’t have a clue.

  51. radzyfsu23 says: Nov 29, 2011 5:26 PM

    I can’t wait to see Jim Irsey’s face when Luck tells him he dosent want to play for the colts.

  52. tebowspeech says: Nov 29, 2011 7:05 PM

    “In the 12-10 loss to the Vikings, Orlovsky had a 95 rating.” and ran out the back of the end zone.

  53. war27 says: Nov 29, 2011 7:20 PM

    That Colts game was against a team that went on to win 9 in a row and go 12-4. It was tied 21-21 in the fourth quarter.

    Pat’s fans that think they should take this guy lightly don’t know what they’re in for. This is the perfect trap game for the pat’s. This guy is just good enough to hang around with anyone in the NFL.

  54. Andre's Johnson says: Nov 30, 2011 1:46 AM

    Gregggggg said:

    “The Colts will have a better chance later in the season when they host the Titans and Texans before traveling to Jacksonville.”

    # # # # #

    You guys are really down on the Texans. The entire national media is. Well, that’s cool. All of our crazy ass defensive players are going to find you in your sleep.

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