Was it pretty?
No. But really, why would you expect it to be?
It was a three on a 10 point scale, but it was a win, and so, we'll GIF it!
The Colts defeated the Titans at home this past Sunday, and in order to fully appreciate it, here are moving pictures! We've got everything from Donald Brown love to Ryan Lolzpatrick this week, so I'm excited.
We'll start in the first quarter, when we saw a foreshadowing of what was to come from the Titans' offense.
I call it Ryan Lolzpatrick.
And now for our weekly Darrius 'Dubstep' Heyward-Bey montage:
Hey look, he did a good thing! This is exactly the way that he should be used, if he's going to be on the field.
Give him short routes with YAC potential, and DHB can actually be productive. Try and make him into a downfield threat? Good luck.
How about the patented end-around?
The thing about this play is that it really should have worked. Look at this side of the field. Nobody is prepared for it, but Jurrell Casey just takes Jack Doyle for a ride into Heyward-Bey's path. It's a little perplexing that Gosder Cherilus doesn't seem to care about Casey, it's almost like he didn't realize that Heyward Bey was coming back around.
The play itself wasn't a bad idea, this was just a case of terrible execution by Cherilus/Doyle.
And there it is.
One good play on a short route, a poor end-around (although not his fault) and a big drop in a key situation? Dubstep bingo complete!
And there is Reggie Wayne's reaction.
We know that feel Reggie.
But, the good thing about DHB's struggles is that they made it possible for this to happen.
Yes, on his very first target ever, Da'Rick Rogers drew a 27-yard pass interference penalty.
And that's Alterraun Verner he blows by, a corner who deserves to make the Pro Bowl this season. If Rogers doesn't get more snaps this week (he had eight routes on Sunday), I'm going to lose it.
I'll also lose it if they keep running these toss plays.
Not only is the play telegraphed terribly by Jack Doyle motioning from split out wide terrible, but basically all four players with key blocks on the outside missed them horribly (Doyle, Castonzo, Heyward-Bey, Thornton).
You know what we should be doing though?
I don't mind a fullback pass every once in a while, and Havili is athletic enough to get a few extra yards. But 10 extra yards?
For shame Moise Fokou, for shame. You got clowned by a fullback.
Another thing we should be doing: encouraging Andrew Luck to leave the pocket. Good things happen when he does.
Then there's those rare times where he actually has a clean pocket to throw from.
Holy moly look at that throw. When we get to see Luck have a clean pocket, good things also happen.
Of course, I see him escaping the pocket as a much more likely scenario than all five linemen holding their blocks for 3+ seconds.
On to the defense, which took advantage of Ryan Lolzpatrick throughout the day.
Cassius Vaughn picked up two interceptions on the day, including this throw, that was to nobody. Keep doing what you're doing Ryan.
I mean, I was just kidding, but if you want to just keep gift-wrapping turnovers...
This is what it's like to not have a real quarterback, huh?
In other defense-related news, Robert Mathis got another strip-sack. He shows up every game with one of these, it seems. He now has 15.5 sacks on the season. If he hits 20 the Defensive Player of the Year is a real possibility. Even if he doesn't he'll get some attention.
Good day for Freeman as well, who recovered this fumble and had the interception as well.
But, how could we end the GIFtastic piece without a little love for Donald Brown?
Sure, you can keep him down for 3.5 quarters... BUT YOU CAN'T KEEP HIM DOWN FOREVER
He's the little engine that could, the rapscallion stallion. And he's breaking more tackles and earning more yards after contact than anybody expected.
He's fourth in the league in yards after contact per carry, with 3.0 (WHICH IS MORE THAN... nevermind).
He's a "straight power back," according to Jurrell Casey.
UPDATE: Here is the end zone angle on that touchdown run, per request. I like Stanley Havili's excitement. That is all.
That move by Da'rick Rogers is great! a little stutter out and a little stutter in to get the close CB off balance and his footwork a little shaky, then WHAM! Speed up the sideline. I love everything about that.
<blockquote>"For shame Moise Fokou, for shame. You got clowned by a fullback."</blockquote>
While I agree (and love the idea of a fullback headfake-beclowning any defender weighing less than 300 pounds; good for Stanley!), I do have to say this: I feel that, if you take away the halfback/tailback/fullback distinctions, Havili's probably our second best *running back*. He can carry, he can catch out of the backfield, he can get yardage (well, footage...) after contact. Just in term of not-boner plays alone he's right up there.
If nothing else, despite my dislike of the concept of a blocking fullback, he's shown better value than a certain other back on the roster.
I'm still trying to figure out who played O Line for the Colts on that 'penultimate' drive? Do you think we could get those guys to show up again on Sunday?
Great job, as usual Kyle.
Oh, and I hate to say it, but Luck as been sailing throw or two a game. I certainly wouldn't equate him with Lolzpatrick, but he should really have thrown another pick in that game.
As soon as Reggie went down I said they should be using Fleener on intermediate/deep routs, TY on deep or come backs, and DHB on short crossing routs. But no, they never listen to my brilliance. Sighhhh.
Actually at this point I want DHB and Fleener to switch places. DHB is a decent blocker and better for yac so use him and the TE safety valve. Its not like the TE-WR designation really means anything in a league with Gonzalez and Graham anyway.
Always good, thanks! Also, could you grab Ben and tell him I need my Satele WTF (tr) moment of the game!
Would it be possible to get a view from behind on the last gif? I would like to see the hole Brown got through, because from this angle it literally looks to me like he just passed through the line like a ghost.
That toss sweep play to Brown would have been the absolute PERFECT example of how NOT to run a play, except for one little thing... Brown made a great move to turn what should have been an eight yard loss into only a five yard loss.
Alas, the achievement of total negative perfection ruined.
@hankster that makes so muchsense it almost hurts
@rogcohen Working on it! I'm hoping to have my writeup posted in the morning. I have a wife, job, dog and house that each demand approximately 75% of my time, and I got pushed back a little this week. Sneak preview: Doyle and Thornton made me look like a jerk for praising them so often, Linkenbach was so bad that it actually benefited the team in a key situation (I swear this will make sense), and just about everybody screwed up regularly until that bizarre last drive.
@glwilliams4 I assume the All-22 has it, but in the DVR recording I have it showed a view from the endzone. There was no hole until almost right before DB would have run into Thornton. Thornton disengaged from a double team to take on the MLB. DB still had to fight through tackles by the MLB and DT to get to the endzone, and the "hole" was about as wide as his body. It was pretty impressive.
@Kyle Rodriguez Roger. Happy place. Da'Rick scores multiple TDs and Luck throws for 300 yards.
@bengundy @rogcohen Ah life, why do you keep us so busy! Maybe you could also incorporate the Linkenblock "so bad it's good (tm)" highlight of the game too! That last drive was just odd. All day long our o-line seemed to be getting pushed back, then all of a sudden, when we needed it most, we seemed to start dominating the line of scrimage. Maybe that's the plan. Let the other team run free for 3.7 quarters so they get so tired they can't stop us at crunch time.
@Kyle Rodriguez How in the world did he know that hole would appear? Incredible.
@Payton His vision is just unreal right now. I don't know how teachable that is, but if Trent could see the same thing we'd have a nice backfield.