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Why Kerry Collins won't help the Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts are built for Peyton Manny, not for Kerry Collins. Adding Kerry Collins is like a man on death row changing his last meal from fajitas to chalupas.

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Big shoes to fill: Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Kerry Collins is joining the Indianapolis Colts.

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The Indianapolis Colts’ decision to pull journeyman quarterback Kerry Collins out of retirement is at best curious and at worst a sign of coming apocalypse for the team.
The fact is, with Peyton Manning nursing a neck injury and questionable for the season opener, no quarterback currently on the market can run the Colts offense. It is a custom-built machine, constructed specifically for Manning.

While simple in its principles, it is mind-bogglingly complex in its execution. It requires a Jeopardy! champion in hip pads – a quarterback who, in 30 seconds, can step to the line, distil the calculus of modern defenses, devise a counterstrategy, and then communicate instructions to the wide receivers, running backs, and offensive linemen.

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