I am long past the point of caring about Colts preseason games. But this year is different. With the lockout, the anticipation was palpable. I could hardly wait for this game to begin, and I wasn’t the only one.
With that said, the result was about what I expected from the Colts
• Wheeler was very active. He finished with six tackles, but seemed to be involved on almost every play. Hopefully this signifies him developing into a better player.
• Chad Spann has an incredible burst. Everyone I’ve talked to, Spann included, say it’s his best asset. He also got creamed running done the sideline after his catch and popped right back up. Usually a hit like that results in trip to injured reserve for the Colts, so he’s a tough player.
• It looks like every one of Painter’s passes sails high.
• The offensive line needs work. It was hard to follow who was in as they kept shifting the lineup. I think consistency will be key here. The Colts need to find an O-line unit and stick with it. There were some positive individual performances, I liked what I saw from McClendon, but overall it was a poor effort.
• Delone Carter looked like he is more than just a bruiser and has a bit of speed. I want to see him push the pile on a 3rd and 1 though.
• Darren Evans looked impressive late…against players who will never make it into the NFL.
• Kavell Conner had a few bright moments early on, but was bad in coverage. He blew the first touchdown.
• Pierre Garcon must only be able to make catches with a degree of difficulty of 6 or above. I’ll celebrate when he catches a three yard slant for a first down.
• The new kickoff rule would have won us the playoff game against the Jets. McAfee was drilling the kicks deep into the endzone.
• Orlovsky’s first interception was as much Chris Brooks’ fault. The pass hit him in the hands and he should have caught it.
• What is it about the Colts that lets other teams hit insane field goals? 60 and 53 yard field goals nailed.
• Don Fisher, who calls all the IU football and basketball games, did play-by-play for the local broadcast. He was exceptional, and has a great story for how he got into the business. Wish he could work for CBS and call all the Colts games.
• There were a few missed calls. A blatant no-call on pass interference late in the first quarter. As well as a few missed holding calls. I’m also confused on why the automatic review for all scoring plays was instituted. I’ve heard its so coaches don’t waste challenges, but I thought knowing what to challenge was part of the strategy of the game.