Why the Indianapolis Colts Should Stick with QB Dan Orlovsky

Eric SmithCorrespondent IIIDecember 7, 2011

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 4:   Dan Orlovsky #6 of the Indianapolis Colts reacts after a missed chance against the New England Patriots in the first half at Gillette Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The Indianapolis Colts have to keep Dan Orlovsky as their starting quarterback.  This should be a no-brainer for the Colts coaching staff.

Curtis Painter started his career off great, but since halftime of week five, he's gotten worse. 

Painter has led this team to a low we haven't seen in quite some time as far as points scored, passing yards and total offense.  He's rated as one of the worst passers in the league right now.

Last week, the Colts finally benched Painter—two weeks too late—for Orlovsky, who more than doubled all of those stats in just one start.

Orlovsky didn't disappoint, passing for over 300 yards and two touchdowns.  Against the Patriots, he single-handedly led his team back from a 31-3 fourth quarter deficit to only being down 31-24 in less than eight minutes.

That's a Peyton Manning caliber performance at the end of a game.

Orlovsky showed us Sunday he will fight for this team no matter how bad they're down. If he played more than just this game against the Patriots, the Colts would not be winless right now.

Orlovsky showed fight and made beautiful passes all day Sunday.  He hit receivers in stride and showed a much stronger arm than Painter.  He was also more accurate than Painter as well.

To move forward, the Colts need Orlovsky, especially if Manning ends up not being healthy enough to play.

I'm rooting for Orlovsky to prove everybody wrong and lead this Colts team to not just one win, but multiple wins at the end of this season.

He's their best option right now.