34-year old QB Peyton Manning certainly didn’t have his best season in 2010. He played in all 16 games for the Colts last season and he completed 450 of 679 passes (66.3%) for 4,700 yards with 33 TD passes and 17 INTs (91.9 QB Rating). He looked more like his brother (Eli) than the indestructible Peyton Manning of the past. But, to be fair, most QBs would love to have his final stat line of 2010. Manning also carried the ball 18 times for 18 yards (1.0 ypc) last season. Manning has now played in 208 games in his first 13 years with the Colts and he has completed 4,682 of 7,210 passes (64.9%) for 54,828 yards with 399 TD passes and 198 INTs (94.9 QB Rating). He has also carried the ball 346 times for 722 yards (2.1 ypc) with 17 TD runs so far in his career.
25-year old Curtis Painter is the Colts’ #2 QB and he didn’t get into any games last season. Painter has played in 2 games (0 starts) in his career with the Colts and he has completed 8 of 28 passes (28.6%) for 83 yards with 0 TD passes and 2 INTs (9.8 QB Rating). Painter has also carried the ball 3 times for 4 yards (1.3 ypc) in his NFL career. He is not very good, plain and simple.
VERDICT: Peyton Manning has never missed a game for the Colts so it’s going to be near impossible to get a decent veteran willing to back him up. That means the Colts must use a draft pick on a QB this April to give Curtis Painter competition for the back up job behind Mannning. The reason being is that Manning isn’t getting any younger and at some point his body won’t be able to continue to take the pounding it has so far.