Your Colts Questions Answered
September 30, 2011 at 11:58am by Scott • 9 Comments »
AT&T sucks all the different kinds of assholes of the animal kingdom.
Now that that’s out of the way, here are the answers to the questions I posed to the editor of Coltsider.com. My answers to his questions will go up on his site tomorrow.
1. Why has Donald Brown disappeared, especially when the Colts need a solid running game to keep Kerry Collins, you know, alive?
Brown hasn’t lived up to his draft status since being drafted in the first round in 2009. He excels in the open field, and when he can get good holes between the tackles, but during the last two years, the Colts offensive line has really failed to open up much of anything. This year, 4th round pick Delone Carter has been very impressive, and Brown has been demoted. The Colts don’t need Brown for the running game, Carter and Joseph Addai are doing just fine. However, I do wish the Colts would do more to get him on the field, possibly in a Reggie Bush-type role.
2. What was the general reaction among Colts fans when they used their first two draft picks this year for offensive linemen?
Relief. The offensive line was a huge flaw on the 2010 team, and needed a major overhaul. The Colts found very good picks to start that process in Anthony Castonzo and Ben Ijalana. Castonzo has been very impressive at LT so far, but Ijalana hasn’t progressed like most fans would have liked him to. Still, we’re only three weeks into the season, and the offseason was cut short due to the lockout, so there’s not much concern there.
3. This is Curtis Painter‘s third season with the Colts and he spent his first two training camps learning at the feet of Peyton Manning. And yet the Colts felt it necessary to bring in Kerry Collins when it became obvious that Manning wouldn’t play. Is someone keeping an eye on Painter to make sure he doesn’t stick his head in an oven?
Painter never was supposed to be a viable quarterback to lead the offense. That’s not really what the Colts use the backup spot for. The Colts generally look for players who are smart, who can help Peyton during the game with looking at the photos and figuring out defenses. The backup quarterback spot is more of a personal assistant spot than it is a backup. That’s why Collins was brought in, but with Painter leading the game-tying drive against the Steelers in primetime last week, it’s brought on a mini-controversy among Colts fans.
4. How do you feel about Bullitt’s replacement? If I’m correct, it’s Joe Lefeged, a rookie. How was his camp and how has he looked so far in games?
Lefeged will split the spot with David Caldwell, who was on IR last year as a rookie UFDA. But from the looks of it, Lefeged is trending upward and may win the starting job full out. He had a very good camp, and was impressive in the preseason. He also played well against the Steelers, getting an interception on a good play on the ball. With Bullitt’s disappointing play thus far, it may be a good thing that Lefeged and Caldwell both get more chances to develop.
5. How crazy is Jim Irsay, harmless eccentric or full-on batshit?
Good question. Many Colts fans would like to know the answer on that one. Personally, I don’t have a problem with his tweets. He’s done a good job so far of bringing people in to have success, and he’d definitely an interesting guy. Some fans would disagree completely with that though. It seems the Colts have had communication issues with him, Bill Polian, and Jim Caldwell this offseason, so it’s caused some commotion that has some fans quite upset.
6. From my readers:
Even if Manning is able to play next year, what are the Colts plans for his eventual successor? For example, the Packers drafted Rodgers several years before Favre left. Why haven’t the Colts planned ahead for the inevitable?
The Colts signed Manning assuming he could play for 4-5 more years at a high level. His health setbacks certainly were a surprise, considering his Iron-man status until this year, it wasn’t a bad move. The Packers situation was quite unique, Aaron Rodgers was a top-5 pick that year, but his surprising slide led to him being available to the Packers. That doesn’t happen with most teams, and it certainly hasn’t happened with the Colts. Besides, developing a QB when you think Manning has 4-5 years left doesn’t make any sense at all. Bottom line is, the Colts current offensive system is built completely around Manning. No other quarterback can operate it quite like he does. Eventually, the Colts will need to move on, but until then, no quarterback is going to fill that void.
7. Have they considered using the wishbone this year?
No. The Colts are moving to having a more run type offense, but the most they’re really changing in terms of scheme is adding in a FB at times. Other than that, they’re not tweaking too much.
Okay, so I think he took it a little more seriously than I did. Most of my answers to him look like they were created by a random word generator whereas he, apparently, knows stuff. It kind of makes me feel bad. But you know what would soothe my spirits? If their star quarterback were to somehow not be able to play the game and they had no viable replacement. Hey, whaddaya know… it worked!