After Monday night, people may question a little less the desire of Bill Polian to show the money to those at the most visible position on his team.
Speaking on "The Bill Polian Show" on 1070 The Fan, Polian said he would be willing to pay Peyton Manning as well as a first round draft pick at quarterback.
“The payment to the first-round draft choice is far less than it was under the old agreement, so you could afford that. I’m perfectly fine with that approach," said Polian on Monday night.
On the same show, the team's vice chairman also said he doesn't expect the quarterback to retire following his neck problems, which have caused him to miss the 2011 season so far.
A Vote For Curtis?
For an 0-11 team, a quarterback controversy seems like a quandary in itself.
But perhaps Curtis Painter put himself back into the spot a bit more permanently after hearing the Colts' Jim Caldwell answer the question of whether he or Dan Orlovsky will be starting against the Patriots this Sunday.
“I think Curtis improved a bit. He had a little tough start, but then he came along. He engineered some nice drives for us. I don’t think there’s any question about (him as the starter)," said Caldwell.
Painter threw for 226 yards and his first touchdown since the October 16th loss to the Bengals on Sunday against Carolina. Again he was plagued by turnovers, tossed a pair of late interceptions that sealed the Colts 11th consecutive loss to open the season.
"We’ll continue to evaluate it and see what best suits us. But I think he made a little progress in the game except for the couple turnovers, but other than that I thought he did some good things also," said Caldwell.
No Love-Or Intensity-Lost
As the weather turns from cold to colder, a rivalry with significant implications was usually ready to commence.
The Colts and the Patriots were the class of the NFL for nearly a decade and their match-ups have been described as mid-season Super Bowls.
In 2011 only one end of the team is holding up the competitive end of the rivalry, which has commenced every year since 2003. New England is tied for the best record in the AFC at 8-3 and currently hold two-game lead of the Jets in the East Divsion.
Meanwhile the Colts are headed towards a winless season, but the trademark intensity of the series doesn't figure to be affected by one side's recent turn for the worst.
“I expect it to be like it usually is. I know a lot of people are going to say a lot of different things about it, but we’re going to work hard to go compete and do what we can do to win the football game," said tight end Jacob Tamme of the 2011 edition of the rivalry.
Don't expect the Patriots to show mercy on their struggling rival, just like the Colts didn't when Tom Brady missed most of the 2008 season. During that season, the Colts beat New England in Lucas Oil Stadium in November and the win was the difference in the race for the Wild Card playoff spot.
"Let’s just say that the rivalry is so intense that nobody is going to take it easy on anybody, no matter what the situation is," said cornerback Jerraud Powers. "With us struggling the way we are, I’m pretty sure that they’re going to see blood and try to take advantage of that."
Stat of the Week - 2
The number of losses in a row needed by the Colts to match the worst start in franchise history. That came in 1986, when the team lost 13-in-a-row to open the season but rallied to win their last three games.