Reggie Wayne Does Not Approve Of The Colts Signing Kerry Collins
If Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne had his druthers, the team who pays him good money to catch footballs would have stood pat while waiting for Peyton Manning to recover from his neck surgery and remained loyal to the backup quarterbacks currently on the roster, the woefully underwhelming tandem of Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky. Instead, the Colts opted to lure Kerry Collins out of retirement as an aged insurance policy in case Manning isn’t ready to go when the regular season begins, a possibility becoming more and more unlikely with each passing day.
Here’s what the obviously disgruntled Wayne had to say to the Associated Press regarding the Colts’ affront to his delicate sensibilities regarding loyalty (via Sporting News):
“We don’t even know him, we ain’t vanilla, man, we ain’t no simple offense. So for him to come in here and be the starter, I don’t see it. I think that’s a step back.”
“I don’t care who you are,” Wayne said. “I mean I’m not going to let anyone just come in here and just push someone (like Painter) aside like you’re that dog now, you know what I mean?”
Yes, Reggie Wayne. I believe we do know what you mean. Loyalty: good. Doing whatever is necessary to win games: bad, if it involves pushing someone aside like a dog. And while I will commend Wayne for sticking up for the abilities of one of his teammates, the numbers tell a vastly different story. Thus far in the preseason, the presumed temporary replacement for Manning, Curtis Painter, has produced some pretty ugly stats: 8-16 for 95 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT and a dismal quarterback rating of 42.4. Orlovsky hasn’t fared much better, 11-27 for 178 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT and sports an even worse QB rating of 36.3. Further, how can we forget this boneheaded play by Orlovsky when he played for the Lions? Yeesh.
With the horrific performances by these two quarterbacks in mind, my suggestion to Reggie Wayne would be to apologize to Kerry Collins for your comments, thank him for coming out of retirement to be a temporary stopgap at the QB position and take him out for a nice steak dinner.
Reggie Wayne less than thrilled with Kerry Collins signing [Sporting News]