Monday, December 19, 2005

Colts Emergency Alert! Colts Emergency Alert!

THE SKY IS FALLING!

THE SKY IS FALLING!

OH MY GOSH, THE SKY IS FALLING!

THE PATRIOTS ARE GOING TO GET US AGAIN!

WE'RE A FRAUD!

This is what I'm hearing from fellow Colts fans this morning, the day after a terrible game against the San Diego Super-Chargers. It was a loss to a decent team, one some people have said may be one of the NFL's best (I still maintain that a "great" team would not have lost the number of games the Chargers lost in the way they lost them).

But what does this really mean for the Colts? Does this mean they can't win the Super Bowl because they lost a game? No. Does this mean they're not good because they lost a game? No. Does this mean the Indianapolis Colts are finished, psychologically fragile and unable to rebound from the loss they just suffered? Most certainly, no.

It'll be okay. No more questions about resting the starters. No more comparisons to the 1972 Miami Dolphins. For one, I'm relieved. And listen to Tony Dungy's post-game news conference...so is he.

This Week's Colts Observations...

Boiler Up! Listen, it's true that Drew Brees had a fantastic first half. But Dick Enberg's and Dan Dierdorf's declaration that Brees had a "brilliant" game was one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. As Krildog pointed out, Brees did practically nothing in the second half, and nearly gave the game away. Of course...nearly doesn't mean anything. A loss is a loss, a win is a win.

Will someone please cover #85? And #87? For the love of St. Peter, have the Colts never watched a Chargers game? They have one weapon in the passing game, Antonio Gates. And Keenan McCardell can hurt you to. Both these guys were like Steak n' Shake...open all day. For shame, Bob Sanders, for shame! The long completion on third-and-long was devastating.

Game over, man, game over! Michael Turner's 83-yard scamper sealed the Colts' fate (even though the Candle of Hope was pretty much burnt out anyway at that point). It was a real embarrassment to see the game end like that.

The Rayner No-Brainer. What were the Colts thinking, sending Dave Rayner, the "kickoff specialist" whose kickoffs aren't special, out to attempt a 58-yarder? Before that, his only standout quality was a propensity to make short kickoffs. He'd never had an NFL field goal attempt before that in his career. Gee...send out Vanderjagt. I've seen the guy nail 61-yarders in warm-ups. Seriously.

The Peyton Manning Experience. I'm still not sure what Peyton was thinking on that fourth-and-goal run for the end zone. Mike Vick he is not. Krildog was pretty insistent that the Colts should go for the TD in that situation. That early in the game...I'm more inclined to take the points. And now we know...we could've used them in the end.

Disaster strikes. No sequence was more devastating than the intentional grounding followed by another sack. That forced a punt, which led to...well...you know.

Protecting your investment. Usually, the Colts do a very commendable job of protecting Peyton. But this week was a different story. The first play of the game was a sack, the last meaningful play for the Colts ended in a sack as well. Even when he did complete a pass, Peyton usually ended up on his posterior. It was tough to watch.

Still think undefeated is all that important? Seeing Peyton pummeled, Freeney frazzled, and Wayne wobbly made me wonder if 16-0 was really worth it. Peyton took some shots, Freeney limped off the field, and Wayne was shaken up as well. Not to mention Ryan Diem's injury on the first offensive play of the game. It made me wonder if it was time to call in the reserves.

2 comments:

Bill J. said...

Actually, if take another look at the film, it's not Sanders' fault. He was sprinting over to take over someone else's blown coverage assignment. That means the pivotal 50-yard completion, just like pretty much every coverage mistake this whole year & beyond, can be laid squately at the feet of (who else?) Jason David.

Studicus said...

Bill...

I would LOVE to blame it on Jason David. Heck, he's usually the one blowing assignments, and letting guys get easy catches.

And it may as well have been his fault. But Bob Sanders said this on that play:

"Once he [Brees] got out of the pocket a little bit, I sort of slowed down," Sanders said. "He sort of froze me up, which allowed the receiver to get behind me."