I sat myself down to chart the Colts’ miserable 40-11 loss to the Cardinals thinking I was in for an unpleasant task. When I watched the game live, I thought the offensive line had one of its worst games of an already awful season.
But as was the case with the Rams game a few weeks ago, things weren’t nearly as bad as they looked on first glance. Not good, mind you, but not any worse than the C/C- level at which the line has trudged through most of the season. The pass blocking wasn’t quite as good as it was in the Titans game, but it was far better than in the Texans and Rams games.
As for the run blocking . . . did I mention the pass blocking was good?
Seriously, though, the run blocking was terrible, but they didn’t run much (only 13 plays).
You probably know the drill by now, but an offensive line buddy recently reminded me of how speculative it is to analyze offensive line play. So I’ll reiterate my standard disclaimer: it’s impossible to know how linemen are coached and what their assignments are. My grades are based on whether the blockers bested the guys they appeared to target and are unavoidably subjective. See the bottom of the post for my charting table.no comments
The Indianapolis Colts made some roster moves this evening that may stand out to some fans. Receiver David Reed, after struggling with decision-making on kick returns, has been waived, along with rookie tight end Justice Cunningham, who played fullback in place of injured Stanley Havili on Sunday.
The team also elevated linebacker and Army veteran Josh McNary to the active roster and placed backup safety Delano Howell on Injured Reserve.no comments no comments
The Colts just lost a game 40-11. Two weeks ago they lost a game 38-8. In the last four weeks they've looked like one of the worst teams in football, save for two halves.
How do fans respond?
First, there's the backlash.
The popular response seems to be to call for the firing of head coach Chuck Pagano, which seems a little... extreme. Whether it's tweets, calls to radio shows or fan blogs, the amount of ire that Pagano has drawn over the last two days has been overwhelming. There's been some complaints about GM Ryan Grigson, but the coaching staff has gotten the vast majority of the criticism.
But after the backlash, or sometimes right alongside, comes the cry for perspective.no comments
The Indianapolis Colts lost to the Arizona Cardinals 40-11 on Sunday and I'm starting to think we need to follow up Monday Morning Moaners with Group Therapy Thursdays.
This game was brutal, to put it nicely, and the Colts have now been blown out in 2 of the past 3 weeks. In the comments section below, please share your take on the game and what the Colts need to address moving forward.no comments