With Peyton Manning out of the picture completely now, let’s examine what the Indianapolis Colts need for their football team.
If Jim Irsay and the Colts learned anything from last year, it was that depth was their problem. This off-season, that has already been full of changes, may just continue that way. Curtis Painter is the only quarterback that has a contract, and maybe the only one who thinks he will play; reported here: Curtis Painter Missed the Memo; Indianapolis Colts Drafting Andrew Luck. The Colts’ front office must search this free agency list of quarterbacks to bring guys in.
The art of quarterback sometimes takes guys years to figure out like a Rich Gannon; who finally figured it out and won an MVP award. Then there are guys that can get things together right away, like a Peyton Manning; who won a Rookie of The Year award. Who knows what Andrew Luck will accomplish, and how rapidly he will understand the offense in the NFL? That reason alone should be enough to go and sign a good backup quarterback, someone who can teach Luck the ins-and-outs of the NFL daily. These veterans are extremely important to the success of the younger talented players. Look at what Charlie Batch has done for Ben Roethlisberger; he has shown Big Ben the game inside of the game and for that Ben is one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL.
With that information, and seeing how other organizations do it, the Colts must turn to a veteran guy. Considering everything the best choice is former, Bears, Broncos, and Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton. Orton knows the game, has been successful to a point, and the reason he wasn’t able to find a “home” is because of trades, or younger guys coming in. He is a very smart guy; he studies well, and has a great work ethic which is something that can be learned from. Orton may think he still has plenty of time left, which may be true, but who will sign him for a starting role? Not too many teams, if any. So his options to start somewhere will be limited. He can come to Indianapolis, become a mentor for Andrew Luck, and teach him many things. There may be times throughout the season that Luck gets injured or struggles and that would give Orton a chance to play. Also, with Luck and Orton on the roster the Colts wouldn’t feel so obligated to start Luck. Then he can earn the job, rather than just be handed the starting role.
Regardless of the decision they make this off-season regarding players, signing a veteran quarterback to backup Luck is essential.
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