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Don Banks elicited some feedback for suggesting swapping one grey-beard for another:

I threw this out there the other day on Twitter and got hooted at plenty (not that I blame anyone), but might the Colts be tempted to call you-know-who in Hattiesburg, Miss., if Collins struggles through another debacle or two like Sunday? Probably not, but the Colts have to do something at quarterback without the prospect of getting No. 18 back, and unless it’s David Garrard they’re eyeing, is there a better available option than No. 4?

Paul Kuharsky considers ESPN’s new QBR in context of Collins vs. Manning:

By looking at Collins’ overall performance in the context of the game, Total QBR accurately penalizes Collins for hurting the Colts early on when the game was still close. Even though NFL passer rating shows differently, Collins did MUCH less to help his team than Schaub did, and Total QBR accurately gauges that (Schaub finished with a Total QBR of 71.0 for the game).

And his ESPN colleague Alok Pattani points out the flaws with the classic QB rating using the same example:

On the other end is Indianapolis Colts QB Kerry Collins (2.3 Total QBR). In his first start for the Colts in place of the injured Peyton Manning, Collins recorded the lowest Total QBR of the week with an abysmal 2.3. Interestingly, he had an 82.3 NFL passer rating – almost exactly at last season’s NFL average passer rating (82.2), and higher than that of his opposing QB in Week 1, Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans (78.5 NFL passer rating).

Jason Whitlock makes the debatable point that yesterday’s performance shouldn’t change Manning’s legacy:

Indianapolis’ 34-7 meltdown loss to the Houston Texans does not indisputably prove Peyton Manning was more valuable than Tom Brady the past decade.

It proves that Manning and general manager Bill Polian built an organization that was totally dependent on one man for its success. Had Manning never been installed as head coach, offensive coordinator and backup quarterback GM, the Colts wouldn’t be in their current predicament.

The banter at Football Outsiders laments the loss of Howard Mudd:

Whatever the Collins situation is, I’m pretty sure Howard Mudd wouldn’t try to use Clark one-on-one against Williams.

Ben Stockwell with Pro Football Focus didn’t see much positive in the front seven:

The Colts front seven has always been an Achilles heel and this was no different against the Texans. Indianapolis used eight defensive linemen and six linebackers, of those 14 defenders only two, Adrian Moten (+0.1 on ten snaps) and Phillip Wheeler (+0.2 on ten snaps) graded positively overall in this game. As will have become familiar to our subscribers the Colts’ defensive page is a wall of red, negatively graded performances.

Kuharsky asked the tweeps a funny question and got some funny answers:

After Jim Caldwell used it as he evaluated the Colts’ terrible performance in Houston, I wondered via Twitter what kind of mistakes don’t qualify as correctable.

You gave some good answers, almost all comedic.

And finally, the oft-quoted and always-working Paul Kuharsky ran the numbers and found a nugget worth noting:

Kerry Collins was seven-for-10 with 9.1 yards per attempt and a touchdown against the Texans’ base 3-4 defense. When the Texans had five or more defensive backs on the field, he was nine-for-21, with 5.0 yards per attempt.

Todd Smith

About Todd Smith

Todd Smith is a part-time sportswriter who spends too much time arguing on Twitter. What he really loves is eating poorly and watching football. He got his first Colts t-shirt in 1984 shortly after the Mayflower trucks arrived and has never given up on his hometown team. He also still holds to the belief that Kordell Stewart stepped out of the end zone and thus cheated the Colts.