Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/5/14
For many franchises, the backup quarterback is the one who the fans root for to see the field. But for many others, including the Indianapolis Colts, the backup quarterback is the one who the fans least want to see on the field. Colts head coach Chuck Pagano hopes he doesn't have to see backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck see the field either. But he also likes where the Colts backup quarterback situation lies and he knows the importance of having a backup QB. When asked about how significant it is to have a backup quarterback, Pagano replied: "I mean just look at 2011, you know. If you've got one, I'm not standing here answering this question right now. Fair enough?" Of course, what Pagano is alluding to is the Colts 2011 season, the year before Pagano arrived, in which the failure to have an adequate backup quarterback option (Kerry Collins, Curtis Painter, etc.) led to the Colts going a league-worst 2-14 in 2011. As a result, Andrew Luck, Chuck Pagano, and Ryan Grigson all arrived in Indianapolis. While that certainly seems like a good thing while looking back on it, we must realize that on the flip side it led to Bill Polian, Jim Caldwell, and a number of players being fired. So Chuck Pagano understands the importance of getting a backup quarterback - and he thinks that the Colts have a good one.
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