August 25, 2011
Peyton Manning: Reggie Wayne Looks Foolish Stating the Obvious About New QB
The Indianapolis Colts just signed Kerry Collins as insurance for Peyton Manning, and the talk of Collins being the starter should Manning be out didn’t sit too well with one of the Colts stars.
Wide receiver Reggie Wayne was asked about the signing of Collins to backup Manning, and he wasn’t too keen on the veteran coming in and automatically being awarded the starting job if Manning can’t go.
Wayne told reporters that Collins will have to learn a lot. Per ESPN:
We don’t even know him, we ain’t vanilla, man, we ain’t no simple offense, receiver Reggie Wayne said. So for him to can come in here and be the starter, I don’t see it. I think that’s a step back.
Who says Kerry’s going to be the starter? Wayne said. Just because we bring him in doesn’t mean he’s the starter. He’s got to learn too, right? Unless they gave him a playbook months ago, he’s got to learn to.
He went on to say that he isn’t going to let anyone come in a push the team around, but he fails to realize that Collins isn’t that type of guy.
The Pro Bowl receiver looks very foolish calling out Collins and stating the obvious. Of course Collins has to learn a new system, but has Wayne not been watching the Colts’ preseason games?
Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky have been atrocious in the first two preseason games for Indianapolis, and because of that the Colts were forced to pick Collins, considering he was the best veteran out there.
It’s understandable for Wayne to get a little upset over everyone claiming Collins as the immediate backup, but he should look at the facts.
Collins is second among active QB in passing yards, completions and attempts, trailing only Manning. He knows the AFC South, and even though the Colts have a difficult system to learn, he can be affective for a few weeks if Manning needs more rest.
The run game will have to step up more if Manning is out, because of course Collins can’t do it all like Manning can. In the end, Wayne should have kept his mouth shut or just did what every other Colts’ player did and say it’s great to have a veteran join the team.
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