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And Another Thing

Associated Press
Tennessee Titans quarterback Kerry Collins, left, in 2008.

Plan C

Look, I'm not saying this guy is right. But he's closer to being right than he is to being wrong.

Kerry Collins is, truthfully, not going to anything more than serviceable, if the worst-case scenario happens and he's called to duty to sub for Peyton Manning. He won't know the offense, which as Reggie Wayne rightly points out, "ain't vanilla." He won't know the receivers unless they wear nametags. And while his career numbers certainly suggest he's a significant upgrade from Curtis Painter and his career sub-double digit quarterback rating, Painter at least has the advantage of knowing the complexities of the Colts offense.

So what lesson should we take from all this?

Simple. The Colts need get their noses out of Grimm's Fairy Tales -- where gumdrops grow on trees and Peyton Manning will never, ever miss a start -- and draft a backup who can actually steal a game or two for them should he be called upon to do so.

Mind you, I'm not talking about trading up to get Andrew Luck here. But next spring there'll be something there they can work with in the second or third round. And unless that something is the dead guy from "Weekend at Bernie's", whoever it is figures to be an improvement over what's there now.

Granted, the Colts have needs elsewhere. No one questions that for a second. But the uncertainty over Manning's status has made it glaringly obvious that backup QB has become a need, too.

So address it already.

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