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In Response to Re: Will Colts Switch Horses in Midstream? : It's because he wasn't brought in as a back-up. He was brought in as a panic "ohmygod, Peyton might not be able to play!" move, as a starter.
You are generally right about this. I think the problem was that they saw that Painter who played with the first stringers in preseason may not be ready.
When Brady went down in '08, the Pats didn't have to tank the season because they had a very capable back-up in Matt Cassel.
I am not really sure they knew this. Plus, Brady'd never been hurt. Plus Brady was now playing in a way proving that HE was the leader of the team and not the defense (see 2007).
Now they have the same in Brian Hoyer. Earlier in the decade they had Damon Huard and Doug Flutie. They also missed on developing some QBs (Rohan Davey, Michael Bishop, Kevin O'Connell). But the point is, they NEVER just ignored the position and prayed for Brady's health.
Sorry, but I call BS. No coach can absolutely know that an unproven QB who hasn't started a game in 8 years is ready to go. Won't buy it.
They've constantly been grooming a capable back-up BEFORE it all hits the fan.
This comment assumes that the colts haven't tried the same. They did it with Sorgi and now Painter. Since there is no crystal ball when a QB goes down, a team just can't know. Was Cassell or Guiterrez ready in 07? did you know that Cassell has thrown 4 ints to 1 TD this year. Does that sound like a QB who is ready? Shouldn't he be even better today?
Hell, Brady himself was a FOURTH QB in 2000 behind Drew Beldsoe, who, lest we forget, was The Franchise around these parts.
And this has what to do with anything?
Manning going down now is actually MUCH more akin to Bledsoe getting crushed in '01 than Brady in '08. Even back then, Belichick knew the value of depth, even behind an all-time great. THAT is why this is an issue with the Colts this year.
You write as if Painter has been doing anything as a back up since day one, which is obviously incorrect.
Posted by MattC05
UD, this is in response of the 4 ints to 1 TD on Cassel. Did you SEE every Int he has thrown? I have seen 2 of them. The 2 they showed on RZ, well the ball went off his WR's hands (both should have been caught), popped up right to the DB for easy picks! Say what you want, but those 2 were not his fault.