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This was as showdown between old school and new-school football philosophies. On one sideline, Bruce Arians, Harold Goodwin (and assistant head coach Tom Moore) with their high-flying Cardinals, and on the other, Chuck Pagano, Pep Hamilton and their run and try to stop the run Colts.
Things were a bit lopsided. Running and stopping the run is all well and good, but when a focus becomes a weakness, the best football coaches adjust and find ways to maximize what strengths their teams do have. One can only hope Indianapolis’s popular coach will do just that, and very soon.
At some point, this team simply has to show up better prepared to take on their opponent. Making second half comebacks every week is not something they simply cannot sustain. At some point, the losses come, as this one did, and with them, the questions. Pagano is an inspiring personality who can motivate anyone. He’s also smart enough to know how quickly things can change if losses like this one begin to pile up. Expect Indy to come out ready to play next week at home.