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Jim Caldwell: “It’s all correctable”

Peyton Manning, Jim Caldwell

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2011, file photo, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, right, talks with head coach Jim Caldwell during the second quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Green Bay Packers in Indianapolis. Manning will not play Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in the season opener at Houston, bringing an end to his streak of 227 consecutive starts, including the playoffs. The team said 38-year-old Kerry Collins will start against the Texans as Manning continues his long recovery from neck surgery in May.(AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)


On Sunday in Houston, the Colts looked like the worst team in the league. But don’t tell Colts coach Jim Caldwell his team is doomed without Peyton Manning.

At today’s press conference, Caldwell insisted that all of the team’s problems can’t be fixed, and he’s going to get to work on fixing them.

“There is no question I believe it’s all correctable,” Caldwell said.

It sure didn’t look correctable on Sunday, unless the Colts are planning to sign 53 new players. The 34-7 final score of their loss to the Texans really didn’t do justice to how thoroughly the Colts got whipped: It was 34-0 at halftime before the Texans went into cruise control.

Caldwell said he never considered benching Kerry Collins in favor of Curtis Painter, and that makes sense: It’s not like Painter was going to lead the Colts to a comeback victory. The Colts’ problems go beyond the quarterback position, and they stunk in all phases of the game on Sunday.

Still, Caldwell was sounding an optimistic note.

“Our team is going to get better and improve,” Caldwell said.

They could hardly get worse.