This week’s “Back-Up(s) of the Game” presented by Venyu are quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley.
In a season that took just about every twist imaginable, the Colts final abrupt turn came early last week when they had to sign quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley.
Not only were the two quarterbacks, who hadn’t been on any NFL roster this season, coming to Indy on short notice, they were going to play on Sunday.
Colts coaches devised a plan to have Freeman (signed on Monday) take the bulk of the game plan. Lindley would handle two-minute situations.
“That was the plan going in, trying to, I guess, limit the workload for each of us,” Freeman said after his first NFL action since 2013.
“We had different sections of the game that we were responsible for.”
The plan worked rather effectively.
Freeman and Lindley combined to go 21-of-38 for 207 yards, two touchdowns and one interception (off Boom Herron’s hands).
Each signal caller led the offense on a touchdown drive and helped the Colts score their second most points of the season.
“I don’t know if this has ever happened before in the history of the National Football League, where you bring in two guys off the street and you got basically three days to prepare these guys and we won a football game with them,” Pagano said after the 30-24 win.
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