The Indianapolis Colts were just plain awful today at home against the St. Louis Rams. Every unit and almost every player on this team looked completely incompetent. Including the, usually reliable, Andrew Luck.
Man was he bad. Sure, the offensive line looked as dreadful as ever today, but no excuses for Luck, he was just terrible. Missing throws left and right, while making bad decisions, especially down near the end zone where he threw two of his three interceptions.
The defense didn’t do much to help either. They had a busted coverage (for the second week in a row) on Tavon Austin. And they couldn’t get off the field on 3rd down. A recipe for disaster for a defensive unit.
Austin carved out, not only the Colts defense, but also, the special teams. After a nice punt by McAfee where it looked like the Rams were going to be pinned inside the 10 yard line, Austin caught a bouncing ball and returned it 98 yards for a touchdown. No McAfee touchdown saving tackle this time.
Sure, before that punt there was a bizarre moment where the Rams defender clearly committed pass interference against Coby Fleener, and the referees threw the flag and announced the penalty, but then came back and said there was no longer a penalty. Which then lead to a 14-0 deficit, quickly increasing to a 28-0 deficit.
But that is surely not why the Colts lost, they lost because they underperformed and were unprepared, YET AGAIN. Only this time, there was no miraculous comeback.
And YES, this is the coaching staffs fault. The MOST inconsistent coaching staff in the NFL and a pair of coordinators that could easily be ranked at the bottom of the league. Sure, Pep Hamilton has his moments, but he needs to be more consistent just like Chuck Pagano and the rest of the coaching staff.
I have a feeling that the coaches looked over this game (as they did the Chargers game) and put in some preparation for their upcoming division matchup against the Tennessee Titans. Which is a major no-no, you have to give your full attention to every game in a 16-game schedule.
Going forward the Colts need to cut David Reed for his utter stupidity of repeatedly bringing out kicks from the back of the end zone. Because of
him the Colts offense was starting inside their own 15 yard line 90% of the time.
The replacement for that roster spot? Da’Rick Rodgers. Seeing as Darrius Heyward-Bey couldn’t catch a ball if his whole body was made of glue. He is just terrible, what’s the point of a receiver that LITERALLY can’t catch the ball? Heyward-Bey deserves to be benched.
I liked what I saw from Fleener and T.Y. Hilton and see potential in Griff Whalen and LaVon Brazill. I expect Heyward-Bey’s role to lessen and Brazill and Whalen’s role to increase as the season progresses. And I hope Rogers is added to that list of receivers very soon.
Luckily, Colts fans don’t have to wait until next Sunday to get this one out of their system as they are facing the Titans Thursday night. A must-win division game. Go Colts.