Yesterday's game provided a lot of fodder for the complaint folder: the offense continues to rely heavily on the fullback, the Colts once again acted like a 3-point lead at the start of the 3rd quarter was an insurmountable lead, and the defense went from bad to good to bad faster than seasons 2, 3, and 4 of Heroes. And while each of those issues would, individually, be worthy of a gripe or two, let's be honest about a few things.
First, I didn't expect much this year from the Colts defense. Sure, they spent a lot of money improving the unit in the off-season, but the truth is, it still has quite a few holes, especially in the front-seven, where there is nary a dynamic play-maker to be found. Robert Mathis, who quietly has 3 sacks through 2 games, is great, but he is the only one along the Colts OLB/DL who can get after the QB. This forces the team to blitz.
Lack of pass rush leads to blitzing. Blitzing leads to one-on-one coverage in the secondary. One-on-one coverage in the secondary leads to suffering. The next thing you know, Andrew Luck is slaughtering a camp of Sand People for the fun of it.
As for the offense: yea, Stanley Havilis should be heard, not seen. And the sequence seen on the Colts 2nd drive of the 3rd quarter: pass to the FB, run, run, punt - when they had a 3-point lead and a chance to put the reeling Dolphins away - was inexcusable. But overall, when you factor in the loss of Vick Ballard, Dwayne Allen, and Donald Thomas, the Colts moved the ball pretty well. As a matter of fact, after taking a few deep breaths and re-watching the game, I think the offense played well enough to win.
So today's gripe-fest won't be about the offense or the defense. Not today. I'm sure they'll make appearances in future editions. But today? Today is reserved for a special group of strangers.