The Indianapolis Colts have to do something.
Nothing should be their last option; the aforementioned should be their first.
They need another quarterback desperately.
Five completions during an exhibition game against the Buffalo Bills is not enough to warrant holding onto this belief that Curtis Painter is the best possible second-option to Peyton Manning.
I hate to be judgmental and make rash decisions without a greater body or work to evaluate, but I will never forget the 28.6 completion percentage, the zero touchdowns, the four turnovers, or the 9.8 quarterback rating posted during Curtis Painter's only regular season action last year.
The bottom line: Even if Curtis Painter improves his performance, that wouldn't make him the best available option to take up the mantle in the event that something ever did happen to Peyton Manning on the football field.
The Colts are favorites to win this year's Super Bowl and now is not the time to gamble.
They need to prepare for the worst, and I personally do not feel they would be in the best hands if Curtis Painter were to be thrown into the starting position.
The Colts would not be able to replace Peyton Manning, but there are better alternatives.
Enter Sage Rosenfels
With the return of Brett Favre, Rosenfels has slipped down to the number-three spot on the Vikings depth chart, and rumor has it that the team is not thrilled with the idea of paying 2.6 million dollars to have Rosenfels sit on the bench all season.
While it is my opinion that the Vikings are doing themselves a disservice by banking on Tarvaris Jackson instead of Sage Rosenfels, the fact remains that a possible trade may become very likely.
After week-one of the 2010 pre-season, Rosenfels is the NFL's leading passer after going 23 of 34 (67.6 percent) for 310 yards, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions to post a 125.9 quarterback rating against the St. Louis Rams.
I expect Rosenfels to see continued action against San Francisco on Sunday Night Football as the Vikings will likely continue the trend of showcasing his talents to attract potential bidders.
There are a number of teams in the league right now who are in need of a reliable backup quarterback, but none of them are in greater need than the Colts.
You could argue that it's unlikely that Rosenfels would ever need to take a snap in Indianapolis, but that's not why his presence would be so important.
I wouldn't expect Manning to miss any playing time unless Indianapolis secures their playoff position towards the end of the season; my concern is what could happen if tragedy strikes.
An injury to Manning would be devastating no matter how you look at it, but the presence of a guy like Sage Rosenfels to take over if needed would be far more reassuring than seeing number seven standing behind center.
How comfortable would the Colts be having Curtis Painter walking into Foxboro to face Tom Brady and the Patriots in Week 11? If you are a Colts fan, how confident would you feel?
How comfortable would the Colts be having Curtis Painter walking into Foxboro to face Tom Brady and the Patriots in Week 11?
If you are a Colts fan, how confident would you feel?
Rosenfels has a lot of raw talent, hard work ethic, and a fantastic attitude. His experience in starting games (in the AFC South, no less) could prove to be quite valuable if his services were ever required.
The Colts might have to give up a fourth or fifth round draft-pick and be willing to pay in the range of two million dollars to secure his services; but while that may seem to be a hefty price to pay, it would be more than worth the expense.
This could be the difference between keeping a Super Bowl contending team stable, or fizzling out and missing the playoffs all together.
We've seen untimely injuries happen time and time again, especially in Indianapolis.
The Colts should just ask themselves if Peyton Manning were to get injured, do they really feel that he's backed at a moment's notice by the best available option the league has to offer?
If the answer is no, it might be time to start considering other options.