Indianapolis Colts: Why Bill Polian's Signing of Kerry Collins Was a Big Mistake

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIOctober 26, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 25: Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers hits Kerry Collins #5 of the Indianapolis Colts in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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The Indianapolis Colts have announced that they have placed quarterback Kerry Collins on injured reserve, ending his season. The 38-year-old signal-caller is still suffering from the symptoms of a concussion he suffered in Week 3 against the Pittsburgh Steelers

The end of the season for Collins likely means the end of his 17-year career, and proves with finality that signing him was an awful mistake by Bill Polian and the Colts. 

In three games played this season, Collins completed 48 of 98 passes (49 percent) for 481 yards, with two touchdowns, one interception and three fumbles. His passer rating of 65.9 ranks dead last among the 34 quarterbacks who qualify this season.

When it became clear that start quarterback Peyton Manning was going to miss at least a significant chunk of the season due to his neck injury, the Colts should have just moved forward with what was on their roster. Instead, the lured Collins out of retirement, guaranteed him $4 million and shoved him into the starting role. The results speak for themselves.

How Polian and the Colts' front office ever believed that Collins could be an effective leader for the franchise in Manning's absence is beyond me. 

While he has been around for a long time, Collins has finished a season with a quarterback rating over 85 only once, and that came in 2002 with the New York Giants, when he posted a rating of 85.4. His career rating of 73.8 is indicative of his abilities. He's a guy who has always had a big arm but has never made great decisions with the ball and has been woefully inaccurate as well.

The Colts made a bad decision bringing in a guy who hasn't been worth that kind of money in years. Collins gave what he had, but honestly, he hasn't had much to give in a long time. 

Polian should have been smarter than that, and at the time if he couldn't find a better option than Collins, he should have just let Curtis Painter take over from the beginning. It was a big time blunder to waste $4 million on a washed up Collins and the Colts got exactly what they deserved for making that move.