|Dan Orlovsky to start for Colts|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, November 29, 2011 at 2:09 pm ET
Dan Orlovsky Profile
Besides firing defensive coordinator Larry Coyer today and replacing him with linebackers coach Mike Murphy, the winless Indianapolis Colts have also changed quarterbacks.
Dan Orlovsky replaces Curtis Painter.
"He's been working at it and getting himself ready," Colts coach Jim Caldwell told reporters today. "I think he's a guy that certainly is comfortable within the framework of the system. I think he is a guy that's also been around the league a while. He's able to adjust and adapt to different systemic problems that you may have or see from a defense.
"He can adjust to those very easily. He has a nice, strong arm. We're anticipating he's going to be accurate as well, that's key. The big is, obviously, to stay away from turnovers. He's got to play smart and not scared."
Orlovsky has completed 56 percent of his career throws for 1,801 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions for a 72.1 passer rating.
"We will do adjustments according to his strengths," Orlovsky said. "That's one of the things you have to look at certainly have to evaluate. What we'll do is let him do the things he does well within the framework of our offensive system." Orlovsky was drafted in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions.
He signed with the Houston Texans two years ago on a three-year, $9 million deal, but Rex Grossman was named the backup.
He later became the backup in Houston after Grossman signed with the Washington Redskins.
Orlovsky signed with the Colts in July, was cut and then re-signed on Sept. 27.
And now he's the starter.
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