Sunday, December 10, 2006

Playoffs? Playoffs?

Today the Indianapolis Colts may have laid the biggest egg in the history of professional sports in the Great Hoosier State.

The same Indianapolis Colts who began the season 9-0 were completely dominated on both sides of the ball by the Jacksonville Jaguars and ultimately lost 44-17. They didn't even look like a shell of the team who some thought destined to win the Super Bowl. They didn't even look like a team on their way to the AFC South title. I have to wonder whether the talk will change from the Colts battling for the number one seed in the AFC to whether or not they will slide in as a wild card. The way they looked today, I wouldn't expect them to win a game the rest of the year.

The run defense, a great concern all year, got worked over today like no other. In fact the Jags rushed the ball for the second highest total in the history of the NFL: a mere 375 yards. The combination of Fred Taylor and rookie Maurice Jones-Drew torched the Colts at every turn and ended up with a average per carry of around 20 or something. The way the Jags backs were running the football I almost wondered if we played an extra defense player on the field if it would make a difference. But adding insult to injury the Jags put in their third string running back, Alvin Pearman, and he torched us as well. Pearman had rushed for a grand total of 19 rushing yards this year. But in junk time today he rushed against our defense for 71 yards! When a guy named Alvin is working you over, you know you are in for a long afternoon.

But not to be outshone in the suck department, our offense decided to drop a mere seven passes. Many of the passes, if our players had bothered to come to play today and actually tried to catch the damn thing, would have extended the offensive drives and ultimately kept our porous defense on the sidelines. The way the defense is playing, the offense must play a flawless game to even have a chance to win the game. But even our great offense is going to have an off day and when that happens, good night Indianapolis.

I know our defense is playing hurt. But if anything the injuries to our key defensive players has only shown that our defense has as much depth as a shot glass. This is the NFL. Injuries are going to happen. And when they do you have to think that you have players on the bench that can come in and make plays. We don't. I don't want to even fathom how bad the Colts defense would be if they hadn't traded for Anthony McFarland.

And what the hell is wrong with Bob Sanders? Get a pair and rehab. Get back on the field. You look real swell hanging on SportsLocker on WISH TV every Sunday but we drafted you to play and not make excuses.

The fact is, this ship is going down and going down fast. What is the point of limping into the playoffs if you aren't going to go anywhere? None. That is where the Colts are heading. At least this year I won't expect them to go anywhere so my heart will only be partially broken. Just make it painless and quick guys so I can watch the other disaster in this city, my beloved Pacers, blow it as well.

The fact is, there is plenty of blame to go around and most of it has to go on the two men that got us here, Tony Dungy and Bill Polian. Polian put these wimps on the field and Dungy has to get these guys ready to play. Both of them are not blameless. It is time to try to make do with an adequate supporting cast on offense and put some of that money we have thrown at Stokley and Wayne to get some defense players in the free agent market. None of the blame goes on Peyton. That guy comes to play every week but he is not Superman and we can't expect him to win it for us every week. Other players are going to have to step up. Or maybe the right guy isn't in place. Tony Dungy is a wonderful person but maybe he just isn't the guy to get these guys over the hump.

We are going to limp into the playoffs and get run over again. I may have prepared myself for it but it doesn't make it any easier to swallow.

14 Comments:

Blogger torporindy said...

I was driving home during the 4th quarter and I was listening to the Jaguar broadcasters on sirius because Bob Lamey was whining so much in the first quarter I had to change it. Anyway, they said the same thing--we couldn't have stopped the run with 12 guys on the field.

Pathetic.

It looked like one of the early season college matchups like Ohio State vs. Central Michigan or something.

December 10, 2006  
Blogger Timmy said...

I feel your pain. Didnt you say something about a curse a while back.......I am starting to believe that.

December 11, 2006  
Blogger Smartypants said...

Geez. Even my Texans beat the Jags twice this year.

December 11, 2006  
Blogger Jason266 said...

I'm in pain...maybe alcohol will help.

December 11, 2006  
Blogger Brian D. said...

Unless the player is earning the league minimum every offensive player should give up 15% of their salary so Pollian can draft some fat Ohio State/Texas/Oklahoma defensive linemen next year.

These past few games no one on defense has been able to tackle. Come on!!!! That is a fundamental skill. Dungy should have executed someone during halftime to get the point across.

It's easy to beat the Colts: make sure the offense never gets on the field. Those dropped passes always killed a drive.

I hope the loss kicks everyone in the ass to get it in gear, but we're going to lose bigtime in the first round.

December 11, 2006  
Blogger Timmy said...

Go ahead, Smarty, rub it in.

We beat the Jags all the damn time. It had nothing to do with them, and everything to do with our own f-ups.

December 11, 2006  
Blogger The_Kid_ said...

Yea Timmy I did write that our teams are cursed. My idea is that we are always just good enough to make the fans have some false hope, only to have it dashed repeatedly.

Smarty: you should have taken that bet that the Texans will beat the Colts. I was going to spot you twenty but I probably need to do that on the Colt's behalf. The Texans still blow but at least they come to play every week. You don't get the sense that they are sleepwalking through games like the Colts. It all goes back to coaching. The have a real shot at beating us this year for the first time in history.

The other problem is we are so good that we are never in position in the draft to get the premier talent on "D". That is why we need to be active in the free agent market.

December 11, 2006  
Blogger torporindy said...

Well, the problem is paying big bucks to hold onto our number 3 WR who has been out most of the year. We pay top dollar for offense, but let our better defensive players slip away.

December 11, 2006  
Blogger Timmy said...

true that, Torpor.

December 11, 2006  
Anonymous Jim said...

Bob Lamey is the worst play-by-play guy in any sport - ever.

It's days like yesterday that make me glad I'm not a Colts fan. I feel for you all, though.

December 11, 2006  
Blogger Smartypants said...

Dear Mr. Kid,

I asked you what the wager would be but you never answered. I assumed you decided spotting me 20 would be too generous.

And, yes. The Texans still blow. And watching Vince Young run the ball in for a 38-yard touchdown in OT to beat us yesterday was just icing on the cake. Watching a good part of the stadium cheer for him while he ripped off his helmet and jumped into the arms of fans, in Houston(!!), even better. I was anti-Vince/pro-Reggie but I think I'm a-gonna hafta eat those words.

Timmy...*rub* *rub* *rub*

::laugh::

December 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it to late to repeal our stadium deal? I bet we could get a MLS team to fill the space. I bet Payton would still kick ass in a pair of shin guards!!!!

December 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

sorry.....Peyton

December 11, 2006  
Blogger The_Kid_ said...

Alright Smarty. I dug the TO jersey thing earlier this year. Any chance you can get your hands on a Peyton jersey? I will bet you that for HNT. In return Torpor himself will pose in his vintage Warren Moon Houston Oilers jersey gathering dust in mother's attic if the Colts blow it against the Texans.

December 11, 2006  

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