It is a cold hard fact that Peyton Manning is one of the key reasons why the Indianapolis Colts have been as successful as they have been since Manning took over the QB helm in 1998. Before Peyton Manning joined the Colts organization in 1998 – the team had many lopsided seasons, and did not have a quarterback that was a true field general. Enter Curtis Painter in 2009, and he did not gain a lot of popularity in Indianapolis – as he lost the two remaining playoff games of the Colts season.
If Curtis Painter could have won those two games the Colts would have ended up having a perfect season in 2009. Not only did Curtis Painter squander away the opportunity to gain some needed fan fare support in Indianapolis – he had the chance on becoming a winning QB in the eyes of the Colts players.
Curtis Painter has not showed much spunk concerning his learning curve – considering he is playing behind one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever step on the gridiron field today. Painter may seem overwhelmed by Peyton Manning super proficient playing ability, but one thing he is lacking is his ability to complete crucial passes, and score touchdowns when needed.
It may be a bit premature to furnish undue criticism concerning his playing ability and expected talent, but there is one thing for sure – when he was drafted in 2009 – the goal of the Colts organization was to have a more than efficient backup quarterback.
Curtis Painter has a limited amount of time to learn what it means to be a backup quarterback to the great Peyton Manning, and if he is willing to immerse himself in what the organization has to offer he will become a QB that the Colts can rely on if Manning befalls to injury in the near future.
In the mean time – Curtis Painter is no Picasso, and he has proved that Colts fans are not happy with his on field performances since he has joined the Colts organization.