That was ugly. That was ugly.
It’s worth repeating because it was just plain.. ugly. Honestly that word doesn’t even describe it; it was disgusting, atrocious, unbearable. This team is not a contender. Oh, I hope the Indianapolis Colts prove me wrong, but they won’t.
Andrew Luck is the only reason this team isn’t at Jacksonville’s level of bad. He’s the only reason this team is atop the worst division in football. He is the only reason Colts fans haven’t all jumped ship for the Denver Broncos’ bandwagon (not yet at least).
The offensive line can’t block a five-year old with pads. The defense can’t defend a stick. And David Reed is still on the roster.
You can’t expect your quarterback to win every game when you don’t block, catch or defend. How can a team like this win a playoff game? How is this team in the running for a first round bye? Because the AFC is that bad. And so is this squad.
Now I am not a man that complains without offering up some kind of suggestions of help.
Fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky this offseason, who is the WORST coordinator in the entire league. And I have been saying this since the day he got HIRED; it was a bad idea from day one.
As for the present, why has Da’Rick Rogers not been active the past two weeks? Especially after waiving Griff Whalen, it made no sense to have him inactive. Only four receivers were available for the game today, and it almost became a dire situation, with T.Y. Hilton momentarily going to the bench with an injury. He ended up being OK.
And forget the simple numbers game, Rogers has the potential to be a playmaker for Luck, which the Colts DESPERATELY need. The Colts’ coaches play it by the book and they need to take a chance, especially since they’ve lost 5 key starters on offense for the season.
Furthermore, I am not sold on head coach Chuck Pagano and the jury is still out on offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, though he has been much better as of late and deserves to audition for another season.
This team is lacking in talent, and yes, it is somewhat due to injuries, but that is not the sole reason. GM Ryan Grigson has had a terrible year building the roster. Ricky Jean-Francois has been a terrible signing thus far, Erik Walden has been a solid, though slightly overpaid signing, Greg Toler has been hurt for half the season, Darrius Heyward-Bey has proven himself to be one of the worst receivers in the league, and Grigson’s insistence on keeping Samson Satele on the roster has cost his quarterback’s body dearly.
Sure, the players can rise up, finish strong and have a chance in the playoffs. And that is more than reasonable to believe, as one thing Pagano is good at is motivating his players. But I wouldn’t hold my breath for that kind of turnaround. The great quarterback that is at the helm for the Colts will win games for the horseshoe, carry them into the playoffs, but, inevitably, experience an early exit once again.
That being said, next week against the Tennessee Titans is a must-win game and the Colts definitely can’t have another disappointing performance. Go Colts
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