Originally Posted by sportsreport360
The Colts will be running the ball quite a bit more now that Manning is out. Look for Joseph Addai and Donald Brown to get plenty of work. Kerry Collins is a good pick up because he knows how to spread the ball around, but you do worry about him having problems developing some timing with the receivers in such a short period of time.
My concerns for Collins are the same that the Colts fans should have:
1.)What kind of shape is he in, conditioning wise? We all know he's tough and he's likely been still working out, but but the game is played fast and hard, and he's going to be in there for every offensive snap.
2.) He's a gamer. He wouldn't have come back if he didn't like the game. He won't lose the game for you, but the question is whether he can win it. He will definitely be needing time to get up to speed with the receivers and their riming patterns. he will also need to get used to the playbook, as in the language and terminology. It will also be helpful if he can find out what THEIR favorite plays/routes are and start working on those right away.
3.) Running the ball. The Colts are going to be learning an awful lot about their running game, and the O-line's abilities in the first quarter of the season.
4.) More important: Just how serious is Manning's injury and how long is his predicted recovery time? Was there a set-back? Who knows?
Maybe all of this is some big ruse by Irsay and Polian. Maybe Manning WILL be able to go on day 1, and Collins IS there for the back-up role because Painter certainly isn't the answer there yet. I don't buy that and, apparently, neither does Indy's fan base.
We'll see how this all plays out, that's for sure. In the meantime, the week leading up to opening day for the Colts is going to be awash in speculation, whiskey and antacid sales.