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Indianapolis - The Bart Simpson of Post Season

Posted on: January 4, 2009 11:32 am

The Indianapolis Colts took to the field, last night, as a one point favorite against a Chargers team that had nearly missed the playoffs, starting the season 4-8.  The Colts had, yet, another 12 win regular season and had strung together 9 wins in a row.

The Colts are at home today preparing for the next big thing....

The off season.

The Colts defense, effectively let Darren Sproles run all over the top of them.  They had no answers in the last 2.5 quarters of football.  This should have been a game that the Colts excelled in, since LaDanian Tomlinson was sidelined for most of the game.  However, once again, another year and another defense that cannot stop the run.

The offense didn't help matters.  Analysts have been saying all year that a one dimensional offense will not win in the playoffs.  Guess what; they are right.  The Colts offense could not generate much on the ground.  When it was needed most, they generated less.  The offensive line was partially to blame, but even the novice football fan could see that Joseph Addai was not going to get much yardage dancing around in the backfield.

Some of the things that I see need to happen to get the Colts over this hump are as follows:

1. Draft a run stopper.  Put some meat on the defensive line that is going to plug up the middle and force teams from the run.

2. Get a running back that can generate yardage, does more than dance in the backfield, and is less injury prone.

3. As much as I hate to say it, get a quality WR as a replacement for Marvin Harrison, and cut the first ballot Hall Of Famer.

4. The Colts need to do an extensive search for a special teams coach.  Our special teams is an achilles heal, every year.

5. I think Coach Dungy is a heck of a guy.  However, I don't think the retirement of Coach Dungy would necessarily be a bad thing.  We have been consistently good during the regular season.  We continually choke up a hairball in the playoffs.  Talent has changed, the coaching staff has not.  Maybe a change is due.

Congratulations to the San Diego Chargers.  You have earned another week on the playoff merry-go-round.

For the Colts......

I guess there is always next year.

Category: NFL

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2009 2:59 pm

Indianapolis - The Bart Simpson of Post Season

Great blog, GCB. Nice post, too, TLGM. Two things really disappointed me. The first was the Colts' decision not to run the ball when they were deep in their own territory just before the two-minute warning in the second half. On the two plays before that, Joseph Addai ran for six yards and two yards. Why not set up another run instead of allowing Peyton Manning to stand exposed in the pocket and then get sacked? That call was befuddling, and Manning nearly turned over the ball when he went to the ground. I think they could have gotten the first down with the right running play, and, at the very least, would not have given up a sack in such a dangerous spot. The second was the mental breakdown by the defense in the overtime. I felt like for some reason the defense just lost it, literally and figuratively. They didn't play so hot in the last two minutes of regulation either.

Ah, well, as you said, GCB, there's always next year. You've got some good suggestions here.

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2009 1:06 pm

Indianapolis - The Bart Simpson of Post Season

EXCELLENT post. I have to agree 100%, although reluctantly, to all of your points.

1. Well said. Dungy has built the Defense on quickness. But most RBs can outrun the fastest defenders in free space.

2. The Colts could use a big bruising back, for 3rd down conversions and goal line carries. A tank to barrel through the line or block, instead of try to sneak his way through or around it, and end up hurt.

3. Marvin can still be a #3 wideout on any NFL team, and a decent #2 on most teams. He's obviously lost a step since his injuries in '07. He's getting tackled a yard shy of the 1st down or end zone. I think part of it is due to his injuries last year, and Manning's surgeries which kept him out of spring training. Before then, Manning and Harrison practiced plays religiously. Harrison may rebound next year if he and Manning stay healthy. But I'd prefer he went out on top instead of hanging around until he can't any longer, like a Jerry Rice. It would be awesome to see a Harrison montage of his all time great catches in tribute to him. The one hand grabs, the toe drags to catch the ball in bounds, the automatic TDs when open. Gonzales can step up as a #2 WR when needed. But the Colts no longer have a pair like Boldin-Fitzgerald.

4. Absolutely.

5. Coach Dungy came on board in '02 in order to re-vamp the Colt's defense. Despite outstanding play by individual defenders (such as Freeney and Sanders), defensive penalties in OT arguably cost the Colts the game, and minimizing penalties is a major role in coaching.

Coach Dungy is a class act. He allows Peyton and Rob Moore to do their thing. He could win many more games as the Colt's head coach. But I think a second Super Bowl will continue to elude him. I'd prefer he retire with grace and dignity, than as a Marty Schottenheimer.

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