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Ordinarily, most people would care about as much for a back-up quarterback competition as they would for a kicker having hip surgery (okay bad example).
But in this case, Colts fans have to be especially interested.
This Colts offensive success lies 100 percent in the hands of Peyton Manning. If he goes down, then the Colts' chances of making the playoffs plummet.
We all had a great preview of what could happen if this scenario took place when we saw what happened to Tom Brady and the Patriots last year.
What we saw was extraordinary. The Patriots took a quarterback who hadn’t taken a game-time snap since his days as a high school player and finished 11-5 with him.
That’s incredible and ridiculous. No one would have thought that they could have pulled that off, and I’m sure no one would expect the Colts to do so either.
But if the Colts had a quarterback who knew the offense and had the talent level to compete, then there’s always a chance, right?
I’ve watched Jim Sorgi play year after year in preseason and in the regular season, and one thing is for sure:
He simply lacks the talent level to be a productive and serviceable back-up to the Indianapolis Colts.
It’s accepted that the Colts keep Jim Sorgi around because it is too early to find a suitable replacement for Manning, and because Sorgi has been around the offense long enough that he can go out onto the field and not screw it up too much.
However, the Colt’s organization finally seems to realize that if Manning goes down, they need someone who can come in and compete talent-wise, not just call the plays and hope for the best.
Enter in Curtis Painter, the rookie draft pick from Purdue University. Besides being a hometown favorite, Painter seems to have a much better talent level for the game and a huge upside.
While it is uncertain if Painter will be ready to absorb the huge Colts' playbook and be ready as a No. 2 quarterback this year, expect Painter to compete for the job and possibly lock it up this year or next.