Dan Orlovsky to start at QB for Colts against Patriots
The winless Indianapolis Colts are making a change at quarterback, replacing Curtis Painter with veteran Dan Orlovsky for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.
“Curtis Painter will not start this game,” Colts head coach Jim Caldwell said this afternoon. “Dan Orlovsky will. After evaluation and taking a real good look at it, I think Curtis had a couple of weeks to really get it under his belt. We had two solid weeks in terms of our off-week, and then going into the ballgame. He did some things better, but overall, obviously,(it was) not quite what we were looking for. So we will make a change in that particular area as well.”
It will be Orlovsky's first start since the 2008 season when he played for the 0-16 Detroit Lions.
Painter replaced the injured Kerry Collins late in a Week 3 loss to Pittsburgh. Painter started the next seven games and played well early but then had four straight games with a quarterback rating below 51.0.
Caldwell said he tried to take the patient approach with the former Purdue standout. But Orlovsky has been showing improvement.
“We’ve always tried to, I think, have a little patience where we can,” Caldwell said. “He’s been working at it and certainly been getting himself ready, and I think he’s going to be fine in that area. But we do have patience where we have time.”
The struggles had fans clamoring for a change heading into the bye week, but coach Jim Caldwell stayed with Painter on Sunday against Carolina. After another slow start, Painter rallied the Colts and had them in scoring position twice in the final five minutes. He threw two interceptions in the end zone.