Well I’m more than a little peeved. Oh, so many questions, SO many questions. And they all revolve around the offense and why Andrew Luck has to overcome bad play-calling from his own offensive coordinator.
Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has so much to answer for. First and foremost, why are you running a goal line formation deep in
your own territory, THREE TIMES IN A ROW? Predictably, the drive stalled and that played a major factor the rest of the game. As the Colts just completely lost their rhythm due to that 3-and-out and didn’t score a single touchdown after it.
I’m baffled, Dwayne Allen is out and you’re putting your best playmakers on the sideline? I wouldn’t even condone running that formation once outside of a short yardage situation, not to mention three times in your own territory. Just awful, awful play calling.
Oh no, I’m not done! Yes, the receivers couldn’t get open and you have to put blame on the players for that, however, I do not nearly put all the blame on them. Why is Hamilton calling a fade route from the 25 or so yards out to the 5’9” T.Y. Hilton? How many times is Hilton going to have to make a spectacular catch to make a play for you? A good offensive coordinator puts his players in a good position to make a play, he doesn’t rely on his players to make him look good.
Speaking of T.Y. Hilton, he finally got playing time, but the main reason is because Darrius Heyward-Bey got hurt! Are you kidding me? Hilton has done nothing but prove that he more than deserves the second receiver spot and looks like he might be a great receiver in this league someday.
Furthermore, Hamilton simply did not utilize the middle of the field enough. He was depending on out, corner and fade routes too often. Those plays are the most intercepted routes in football. Not to mention that most of the big plays that occurred for the Colts happened, not surprisingly, in the middle of the field.
Last but not least, WHY WAS DONALD BROWN IN ON EVERY SNAP IN THE LAST DRIVE AND NOT AHMAD BRADSHAW? Brown is known for being a
more than inadequate pass protector and pass catcher, while Bradshaw is one of the best backs in the league at both. Oh and on that final 4th down play where Luck got sacked guess who was one of the players that missed a crucial block? You guessed it, Brown.
I understand that Hamilton is coming into the NFL from college football and it’s only his second game coaching. I understand that there are still plenty of games to play and time to adjust. But that is the question, will he adjust or will he continue to force plays and formations that simply don’t work with this roster? Will he or will he not learn from his mistakes with play calling and personnel? I guess all we can do is wait and find out.
Even though the blame doesn’t lie solely on Hamilton, most of it does and his mistakes cost the Colts this game. And this week can’t simply be brushed under the rug because being 1-1 heading into a matchup at San Francisco against the 49ers isn’t a good thing.