On tonight's show, Kyle and Greg break down the Colts... embarrassing showing on Monday night football. What went wrong? What can they do better. AND WHO IS TO BLAME?
At 8:20pm, we'll be joined by Tom James of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star to discuss the most important points from the game.
Monday Night Football! Prime time! After a great win against the Seattle Seahawks, the Colts were facing another difficult challenge. This time on the road against one the most hated teams for the Colts fan base: the San Diego Chargers.
For the past 3 weeks I've tried to find fun, inventive ways to keep this going. After all, the Colts were winning, and while there were issues there, sometimes we do just need to enjoy a win. But after scoring only 9 points against one of the worst defenses in the league, after displaying a complete and total lack of situational awareness, after once again putting the need to push an outdated philosophy over the best interests of the team, I feel like letting loose with a self-serving, juvenile temper tantrum.
Let's get this out of the way first: the Colts played bad. 5 drops, one each from Hilton, Heyward-Bey, Wayne, Fleener and Richardson. Poor tackling from... well... everyone on defense. No sustained pass rush (yes there were a few key uncalled holds). And the offensive line continued to make poor pass rushing teams look like the '84 Chicago Bears. They couldn't get a big play from the special teams when they needed it. Nothing about the performance from the Colts players screamed Super Bowl contender, division winner, or even a playoff team.
While these aren't little mistakes that should just be dismissed without another thought, they should take a back seat to bigger concerns: the Colts' coaching staff continues to fail to put their players in the best position to succeed.no comments
Well, that one’s in the book, folks. The Colts move to 4-2 after another San Diego heartbreak. The final score of 19-9 seemed closer than the actual game. The Chargers outgained the Colts 374-267, converted 7/14 third downs versus Indy’s 2/10, and held the ball for 38:31. They appeared to be a step ahead of everything the Colts tried to do.
Much like last week’s thrilling victory over the Seahawks, it didn’t start out that way. The game began with Andrew Luck drawing the defense offside with a hard count – in an away game – then throwing a 35-yard flea flicker pass to Reggie Wayne.
The drive fizzled out, ending in a field goal and a 3-0 lead, but things looked good for Indianapolis. The defense then came out and forced a three and out. On third down, ILB Jerrell Freeman, who grew up watching Chargers QB Philip Rivers and TE Antonio Gates, grounded the veteran duo with some tight, physical one-on-one coverage against Gates.
This is the end of the good part. Indianapolis followed up the defense’s performance with a quick three and out. The defense, still playing well at this point, trotted back out after a bad punt by Pat McAfee (he did not get the good bounce that Scifres enjoyed), gave up one first down, and forced another punt.
Last week saw an amazing win over the Seahawks for the Colts, who are now proving they are a contender. The rookie class is still yet to really take off, even though Hugh Thornton has become an important player on the offensive line. Here;s your weekly breakdown of the Colts rookies and their performances.
The first round pick remains sidelined through injury, though head coach Chuck Pagano said his situation is improving. Pagano expects Ricky Jean Francois and Laron Landry to be back for the Broncos game in a week, but with no expected return date for Werner announced yet, it seems he's still a few weeks away from aciton.no comments
The Colts' success against Seattle on third downs was a critical factor in their upset victory, and should continue to be an offensive strength with Andrew Luck at the helm. This week on Colts Authority Video Breakdowns, we take a look at a few of those plays that Luck, Reggie Wayne, Coby Fleener and T.Y. Hilton made on third down last week.
12 Things to Watch in Monday's Colts-Chargers game
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Last week, the Colts toppled Seattle and vaulted up the ranks in the AFC. This week, Andrew Luck gets his first Monday night test against Phil Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. Here's what to watch for:
1. Watch the pocket. The Colts have faced four running quarterbacks in five games to open the year. The fifth game was against Blaine Gabbert, who really doesn't count as a quarterback at all. He's basically an insurance agent in training. Pryor, Tannehill, Kaepernick and Wilson all make their share of plays with their legs, but only Wilson breaks into the top 10 in passing DVOA for the year. Gabbert just breaks into tears. Rivers is a different animal altogether. He's second in the NFL in DVOA, he's second in QBR and is completing almost 75% of his passes. He ain't Peyton, but he's the perfect warm up. The Colts secondary was cited as a weakness coming into the year but has played well against guys who can't pass. Now they have to play well against someone who can.no comments
There are any number of reasons why the Colts are currently 4-1 and one of the top teams in the AFC.
A surprising defense is one of the key reasons. The Colts' defense, specifically the secondary, has played extremely well over the last three weeks, especially at key times. The Colts have are just 16th in yards per drive, but are fifth in third down conversion percentage, eighth in turnovers forced per drive and ninth in points allowed per drive.
The Colts' running game is also surprisingly effective, currently ranking second in the league in running DVOA, something we never ever would have expected after the Colts' inability to run the ball last season.
T.Y. Hilton looks to be back, Reggie Wayne has been a possession monster and Robert Mathis is having one of the best starts to a season ever. Don't forget Cory Redding and Antoine Bethea as well, who have been the motors behind the defensive resurgence.
But there is one main reason why the Colts are legitimate Super Bowl contenders right now. One reason that branches over everything and makes it all come together as wins. He's the reason why the Colts allowed the greatest quarterback ever leave. And right now, you can't even be upset about that.
Andrew Luck is currently performing like a top five quarterback. It's his second year in the league.
He's breaking all the rules, all the traditional expectations for young quarterbacks. And yet, somehow, we're still overlooking it.