Indianapolis Colts @ New Orleans Saints: Inside information

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Getting “inside information” we exchanged questions with Adam Hughes, the editor of FanSided’s Indianapolis Colts site naptownsfinest.com, to ask him some questions about the upcoming game and the team that he covers.

Adam had a few questions of his own for WDD, check them out at this link.

1) Allot of people make fun of Curtis Painter, what is your take on him and do you see him leading the Colts to a few wins as the season progresses?

I always thought that Painter was a complete wash as an NFL quarterback, at least until Kerry Collins went down earlier in the season.  Since then, Painter has finally received consistent reps in practice and virtually all of the playing time in the subsequent games, and he has done very well.   No, he is not Peyton Manning, but then no one is.   I do think that Painter could lead the Colts to some wins, but that is largely dependent on the rest of the club, as the running game is sputtering and the defense is just not very good.   It should be very interesting to watch the Colts’ QB position shake out next summer.

2)Kerry Collins was plucked out of retirement, only to be benched for Painter. Some claim the Colts benched him to “suck for luck”, meaning of course playing poorly enough to secure the top pick in the draft and select Stanford’s Andrew Luck. Thoughts on this theory?

I’m afraid that I don’t buy it, though I would like to.  Even if the Colts go 0-16, I don’t think taking Luck with the first pick is a sure thing.  Bill Polian and company just love to make moves that buck fans’ desires, and it’s been hard to argue with their success to this point (though we now know it was largely due to one player).   The Colts are also loathe to give up on any player that they’ve drafted, so I don’t see them booting Painter after his “breakthrough.”   If I had to guess right now, I would say that Indy goes into 2012 with Manning and Painter as their QBs, regardless of how much they “suck” this season.

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