It doesn't matter if Kelly was ready. Brissett was injured and looked horrible out there. Hoyer showed he wasn't the answer. We weren't making the playoffs. You start Kelly and see what you have in him. Brissett looked embarrassing and it accomplished nothing except ruining his confidence and losing games. Kelly losing games at least accomplishes something and you learn what he can do.
Also, what kind of message does that send to the locker room? Brissett can play like garbage, and keep his starting job all year. If you're a backup, why would you even care knowing Reich will stubbornly play his veterans? Kelly should of started a couple games, to show Brissett that his job isn't safe with poor play, and to get a sample size on Kelly.
Now we have two QBs that have never played a game in Kelly and Eason.
That 2005 team was the best Colts team ever, IMO. I think Dungy's son committing suicide jsut weeks before the playoffs really effected not only the coaching staff but the entire team.
Also, remember, Harper had just been stabbed in the right knee a few days before the game, he may not have he could have cut (for lack of a better word) the other way.