As the Buccaneers prepare for Monday night’s game at Raymond James against the Colts, it is still uncertain which quarterback Tampa Bay will be facing.
In the Indianapolis Colts' 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday night, quarterback Kerry Collins left in the fourth quarter with concussion-type symptoms. Backup Curtis Painter came in and finished the game for Indianapolis.
During a phone press conference with the Tampa Bay media, Colts head coach Jim Caldwell said if Collins couldn’t play Indianapolis will turn to third-year pro Painter.
“Right now obviously Kerry (Collins) is still recovering," Caldwell said."He will not practice today and if Kerry can’t go then Curtis (Painter) obviously will play. Obviously he played a little bit last week and I think he's the kind of guy that will respond very well. Curtis is a tough minded guy who has ability.”
Buccaneer head coach Raheem Morris is not letting the uncertainty of who will be the opposing quarterback affect his team.
“It’s more about the system,” Morris said. “If you prepare for the best the system [a team has] to offer, you will be ready. If it comes out and it’s not as good as it’s supposed to be about then, hey, that’s not my fault. We've got to prepare for the system and what problems that the system can present. We will get ready for the Indianapolis Colts and what they do on offense and all the good things they do on offense. Their press and their play-action pass and the things that they can do. The balls they throw down the field and how he can control at the line of scrimmage.
“I am sure those guys get better and better every week and they will start to develop every week. We are talking about a team that has won ten games — I cannot remember the last time they hadn’t won ten or whatever the case may be. You are talking about putting one guy in and getting him to go and once that thing gets going you can run into some problems. Hopefully it's not this week.”