Collins ready to guide Colts offense

September 07 [Wed], 2011, 19:03
With Peyton Manning listed as doubtful for Sunday's season opener at Houston, Collins insists he is ready to face the next daunting task in his 17th NFL season ― replacing Manning as Colts quarterback.
Kerry Collins Custom NFL Jerseys came out of retirement to win a Super Bowl, and he picked Indianapolis so he could work with one of the NFL's greats and fill in, if needed. Collins has the kind of resume most teams want in a backup quarterback.
He has made 177 career starts and been to two Pro Bowls. He took the Carolina Panthers to the 1996 NFC Championship game and the New York Giants to the Super Bowl after the 2000 season. He helped Tennessee post the AFC's best record (13-3) in 2008.
But now Collins finds himself in the toughest predicament of his career.
He has had less than two weeks to learn Indy's pass-first offense, which has traditionally called plays at the line of scrimmage. He didn't even play with Pro Bowlers Reggie Wayne or Dallas Clark in a preseason game, and the Colts haven't had more than 4.0 yards rushing per carry since their 2006 Super Bowl season. Plus, the Colts will open the season with three new starters on the offensive line and a fourth, former right tackle Ryan Diem, moving inside to guard.
''It's not as if we're dealing with someone who hasn't been in a lot of games. He's played, he understands concepts and systems, and he'll be able to function, I think, very, very well,'' coach Jim Caldwell said. ''I don't expect him to be perfect. We have to have some other guys step up and give him some assistance here and there.
''We have a lot of guys Football Jerseys who can do that, and I think he'll be fine.'' The toughest part will be trying to match Manning's high standards.
During his streak of 227 consecutive starts, Manning has led the Colts to 11 playoff appearances, 11 double-digit win seasons, eight division crowns, two AFC titles and the first world championship in the franchise's Indianapolis era.
So when word came Monday that Manning's slow recovery from offseason neck surgery could end the streak, fans wasted no time in voicing their concerns.
Most fans now believe Indy will not become the first team to play a Super Bowl in its home stadium. Many think the Colts will even fall short of making the playoffs for a record-breaking 10th consecutive year, and some suggest the Colts will be lucky to finish with more than six wins if Manning is out for an extended period.
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