Fantasy football has given thousands of people around the country the mistaken belief that they could in fact run a team just as good if not better than the guys that actually do. Of course it is just fantasy and you have all the best (and worst; one idiot in my league actually drafted two kickers) players in the league to choose, but hey--its called fantasy for a reason, right?
Let's indulge our inner owner and general manager and contemplate the situation the Colts are in: you are 0-2 and have not looked real good so far. You don't want to wait till it is too late to make a change, and the season can't be saved. At the same time, if you do nothing you might fall into too big of a hole to climb out of when you finally try something later.
Let's review the options:
1. Stick with the status quo. Kerry Collins has a solid track record of success in the league. Anyone that can throw for 40,000+ has to be pretty decent. He just need the time to get to know the offense and get on the same page with Dallas Clark, Reggie Wayne, and company (not to mention some better blocking).
2. Give Curtis Painter a shot. In his last preseason action (against Green Bay) he finally appeared to get it. Maybe he just needed the actual practice time with the first team in order to be able to play with them.
3. Bring in someone new. The possibilities here are close to endless:
- David Garrard: he's not the best guy on the market, but he has experience as a starter and would probably be cheaper than some of the other guys (and less painful to the bank account if he fails).
- Brett Favre: he's old, he's sworn that he is done, and has repeatedly said he does not want to play anymore. Sound like a familiar song and dance to anyone else?
- Carson Palmer: Palmer can throw the ball with the best of them and has made it pretty clear he wants out of Cincinnati. being younger than Collins, he might be able to withstand the abuse a little better. Than again, he has had knee issues that will hamper his maneuverability (which will be important with the Colts lackluster offensive line).
- Tim Tebow: the current Denver regime got saddled with the former Heisman winner from the last regime. As popular as the guy is getting rid of him could be a PR disaster; but he has yet to show that he has what it takes to play in the NFL. He could bring some excitement to the Colts and is a capable runner. If he ends up stinking, his name will get butts in the seats, and the team will still have a shot at that Luck kid in the next draft. Rumor has it he might be pretty good.
- Jeff George: I include the former first round pick just because he has injected himself into the conversation. Jeff, if anyone thought you still had what it takes they would have given you a shot last year, or the year before that, or the year before that, or--get the picture?