After their previous stinkers over the past month, the Colts felt the need to light a match. After taking it one day at a time and throwing out the records, they did just that Sunday against the Texans. A few body blows later, and the Colts had imposed their will and set fire on the dumpster that is the Houston Texans with a 25-3 victory at Lucas Oil Stadium. The win ran the Colts record vs. the Texans in Indianapolis to a reasonable 1,959,072 - 0 (approximately).
Hello, friends, and welcome to Augusta National for this 193rd Annual Masters Tournament, I'm your host, Greg Cowan. Let's start off with the important stuff: a win is a win and no win is bad so a win over the hapless Texans, by all definitions was good, so if a win is good then there is no bad, so let's not spend too much time being negative about it, okay?
Andrew Luck looked good. While he deserves some blame for his first half interception, I felt like the bulk of the blame should fall on the broad shoulders of the impressive Da'Rick Rogers, who ran a questionable route. This is not me being negative, as I really like Rogers. But he's played two NFL games, and you can see why route running was one of the issues keeping him on NFL practice squads and off of NFL rosters on Sundays. The key is to watch the top of routes: if it's a sharp, crisp cut, it's probably a good route. If it's rounded, circular, a bit lazy? Not a good route. But Rogers will learn, he'll get better. He's going to be very good.
I thought Donald Brown looked good in limited time. Hopefully his injury isn't too serious. I thought Pep Hamilton did some great things. I thought TY Hilton looked good. The defense definitely took some big strides this week, as well.
This is going to conclude my actual analysis of the game. I have a few reasons:
- I haven't written in quite some time, so I'm trying to get into the swing of things
- I was told yesterday that I'm far too negative, so I'm remaining positive
- if I mentioned someone by name today, you can assume they did well, if I didn't mention them by name, you can assume they suck and trading a 1st-round pick for them was a huge mistake, bordering on a fireable offense,
- stop punting on 4th-and-1 from the opponent's 40,
- the best news from yesterday is this: the Texans are horrible, if they are the Colts' stiffest competition in the AFC South, they will be sleepwalking into the playoffs for the foreseeable future,
- I have a much longer, more detailed story planned, but it felt out of place following a big win (so be sure to tune in next week after a trip to Kansas City)
I'm going to end today's moaning with this: why is Chuck Pagano so eager to throw out the records? I mean, every word that comes out of his mouth is a cliche, so I guess we could just write it off as being part of his Random Cliche Generator, but I think there's more to it than that. It almost feels - to me - like a preemptive defensive mechanism.
What do I mean by that?
By "throwing out the records" he's preemptively excusing every loss to a team with a losing record, "who cares if they were 3-7, we threw the records out," and upgrading every win, "we don't care if their record says they are 2-12, they're a better team than that!"
I understand the need for coaches to be insular, for them to spin everything in a certain way so that their staff, their players, their fans buy into it, but the Colts seem to have a self-awareness problem. They think they are better than they are, supported by a record that looks better when you throw the records out. They think their running back is better than he is, supported by throwing his entire pro career out. They think their offense is better than it is, supported by not throwing anything, ever. It's hard to improve yourself if you've made it impossible to have an honest accounting of who and what you are. Hopefully that changes this off-season, regardless of how far the Colts go this post season.
All fair comments but like pervious dudes have stated whats the point in saying Trent was a mistake just gotta run with it now ;)
If we had the texans Qb and they had luck our records would be reversed for sure, our team isn't that great but we do play well at home.
So can we all agree that the OLine is far better with McGlynn at center? They actually looked pretty good pass blocking against on of the better defensive lines in the league. If the line can play like that a long with the receiving corps the Colts might actually be able to win a playoff game.
Coach speak is terrible, but on the other hand, what do you expect from a coach? He is not the analytics guy. He is the motivation guy. I really believe Pagano tells his team exactly what he tells Mike Wells (who is sooooo bad, IMO) and Mike Chappel, and the rest of them. He expresses confidence in Richardson when all of the tape and all of the analysis should betray that confidence. You feel like you're lied to, spun to, etc.You forget that Pagano's first job is to motivate Trent Richardson, wring every yard possible out of his vastly overrated legs. After all, that's our 2014 1st rounder. How would being "on the level" with the media help Pagano do his job? I expect more cynicism from The Moaner.
I disagree that the Colts' record is inflated by "throwing out the records" of their opponents. The Colts' own division may be down this year, but their schedule has otherwise been pretty tough, playing two of the NFL's deepest divisions and plus drawing games vs. likely playoff teams Cincy and Miami. While they have been awful vs. good teams, they've also been great against the league's best, and usually taken care of business against weaker teams. A 9-5 team should struggle vs. teams with better records, but the Colts are 3-0 vs teams with 10 or more wins. They should generally split vs. teams with comparable records, but the Colts are 0-4 vs. teams with 7 to 9 wins. And they should mop up against weaker teams, which the Colts have done, going 6-1 against teams with 6 or fewer wins. Though admittedly that loss was really ugly.
If they'd lost to all the teams who are currently at 9 or more wins and lost to those with less, they'd be 9-5. If they'd split the games vs. 9-5 teams (Cards & Bengals), they'd actually be 10-4. Looked at another way, the Colts are 3-2 vs. teams that would be in the playoffs if the season ended today, and 6-3 vs. the rest of the league. One could actually argue that ignoring the records of their opponents makes the Colts' record look worse than it is.
Good to have you back. I disagree with your Texans comment. They're a very good team missing a couple big pieces. They were a lot of peoples SB pick this year, and they could easily be the KC of next year. I was really hoping they'd keep Shaub and their coach. That would have been a good advantage for us. Now I dread Clowney lining up next to Watt. Is it too much to hope they go for Manziel instead?
@hanksterThe snarky part of me wants to say that we're better with a traffic cone and autohike machine in place of Satele. But the rational part of me says that stats should be looked at in the context of scheme before condemning any given player (I'm beginning to think the O-line blocking scheme is to keep Satele at home rather than let him look around for people to block, thus leading to his "air block" stance on so many plays).
We'd want to take care at drawing long term conclusions from a single game. The line in general seemed to have Houston's number that game, so I'm not ready to say McGlynn's the answer. But at the same time, Satele's been out before, and the line at least appears to have protected better, so there may be more datapoints than just the Houston game. Again, stats have to be looked at.
@hankster IndyStar had a bit on McGlynn at Center--Chuck was specifically questioned about it during and after a press conference and did not respond, but instead gritted his teeth and turned away. Weird
If it's not better with McGlynn, I think we can agree that the drop-off from Satele appears to be minimal. I'd feel better if Joe Reitz wasn't concussed. I totally think this team, with all of its flaws, can win a home playoff game. I really want to knock off KC on the road for ultimate confidence building purposes, but I have a shitty feeling about next week.
I get the importance of motivation, but you should be able to do that without speaking only in cliches.As for Richardson, is it me or does he look almost like a real NFL RB when he catches the ball out of the backfield?
I don't see how the Texans can forego draft a QB. They really really need one. If they grab someone in free agency that might work, but they need a QB from somewhere.
I don't think the Texans are awful either. At least their defense is not. It pretty good. The offense on the other hand. Yeah, it's pretty horrendous.
I was guilty of calling the Texans awful too. I agree with Greg about the throwing out the records thing. I think it's something most coaches do. Pagano is just painfully repetitive about it.
I'm with you on Manziel. Let's hope the Texans draft an ever drunker Jonny Football.
Something like a Tom Cable / JaFatass Russell Raiders throwback combo would be nice too.
Yeah, Reitz seems to be one of the better guards on the team. Hopefully he is ok. I think the short bubble screens also helped slow down the rush by giving Luck a way to get rid of the ball for 3-6 yards. Not very pretty, but effective.
The same goes for Brown. The running game vanished without him and it was't due to bad blocking.
I can't imagine he'll ever be worthy of a 1st round pick. So, in that way, it's already a bust for Grigson, no matter how much production they manage to get. Still he can add plenty to this offense. I think he looks pretty good catrching passes. He even looks good running if he manages to get through the line. The Colts aren't really paying him a ton of money... I've over moaning about TRich... until April.
I'm over moaning about coach speak. As long as the Colts write their own rules for talking to the media: trading "access" for softball reporting, this is how it's going to be. It was like this with Polian. The only difference is now there's more smiling.
@MarcusDugan JaFatass Russell? Great name, on par with the FOMB calling Byron Leftwich Fatty McButterpants (back when he was relevant). No idea where that came from but it's awesome.