With a bye this week, the Indianapolis Colts have some time to sit back and ponder just what’s happened this season.
After being one of the National Football League’s premier franchises and making two Super Bowl appearances (winning one), the 0-10 Colts are now just struggling to secure a victory.
How the mighty have fallen. But what can be done to stem the tide? Good question.
“The old saying, and I probably said it a number of times when I first arrived, is, ‘Be careful of the person that wants to change everything, and the person that wants to change nothing.’ I think we’d like to be somewhere in between,” coach Jim Caldwell said Monday.
So what will Indianapolis do over the next two weeks?
“We’ve had a lot of changes naturally — some more so out of necessity than by design. Hopefully we’re going to start to get, maybe a few guys back here and there to give us a little bit more stability after the bye,” Caldwell said.
“So some of those changes may happen as a result of guys getting healthy, but we’ll take a look at everything that we do. We’re not going to deviate a whole lot from the way in which we do things. We have to stick to what we’re doing, and we’ll get a little bit better at it.”
How about the much discussed quarterback situation? Will Curtis Painter retain the starting job or will backup Dan Orlovsky get a chance to crack the lineup?
“We’re in that evaluation process right now. Another good thing about the bye week is that we get a chance to really sit down, take a look at everybody across the board, make certain that we have people in the right position and see where we want to go from this point forward,” the Colts coach voiced.
“We don’t have to make a decision today or tomorrow in that regard, so we do have a chance to kind of see where everybody is.”
Painter understands why he has been replaced in each of the last two games by Orlovsky.
“I’m just disappointed in the last couple of games and kind of how I’ve performed,” the former Purdue quarterback said. “I know that I need to continue to improve and get better.”
• Addai resting up – Running back Joseph Addai (hamstring) was a pregame inactive for the Jacksonville game after dressing and not playing the previous two weeks.
Addai will continue to rest his right hamstring during the Colts’ bye week and is hopeful of being able to play against Carolina in two weeks.
“I’ve got that whole week to just relax and let the hamstring kind of rest,” he said Monday.
Polian: Colts will consider drafting quarterback
• Bill Polian says the Indianapolis Colts may look for Peyton Manning’s successor in the next NFL draft.
Without discussing specific names, Polian, the Colts’ vice chairman, told radio listeners he had already spoken with Manning about using Indy’s first-round draft pick on a quarterback and that Manning is “fine” with that.
Speculation, of course, has centered on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.
At 0-10, the Colts are the league’s last winless team and they have a two-game lead in the chase for the No. 1 overall draft pick.
Manning has not played this season after undergoing neck surgery twice since May. On Sunday night, Polian said he expected Manning to return to the field next season even though Manning is not expected to start practicing until at least next month.