Collins can't carry Colts to a win

Texans linebacker Mario Williams (90) sacks Colts quarterback Kerry Collins on Sunday. (Reuters)

Texans linebacker Mario Williams (90) sacks Colts quarterback Kerry Collins on Sunday. (Reuters)

Mike Ganter, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:40 PM ET

Two weeks into his Indianapolis Colts indoctrination, quarterback Kerry Collins is making some progress, but not nearly enough to get the Peyton-less Colts a win.

Collins — or Methusala, as some former NFLers have taken to calling him — was not horrible in Week 2. At least he didn’t cough the ball up twice in the opening quarter like he did a week ago, sealing his team’s fate.

But what Collins couldn’t do, with another week of learning offence under his belt, was complete drives. Three times he got his team into the red zone and didn’t complete a drive with a major until only 24 seconds remained in the game and his team already down by 15 points.

Collins had a chance to bury the Browns early, but settled for field goals of 27 and 39 yards on the way to a 27-19 loss.

His interception late in the third quarter didn’t help the cause any, nor did his fumble in the final five minutes of the game, but had Collins been able to convert some of those earlier chances, the Colts could have written a different ending to this story.

Perhaps it’s time to stop worrying about if, or when, Peyton Manning can return and start questioning whether this team is bad enough that they could play themselves right into the Andrew Luck sweepstakes at the end of the season.

Collins certainly has them looking like a good candidate.


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