SPOT: The Bearded Trio-Rams Edition
Posted 09 November 2013 - 01:42 AM
1.Throw the ball more
In the Sunday night game against the Texans, the Colts did everything they could to run the ball on the number 28th ranked rush defense in the NFL, with good reason. However, when the Colts’ middle offensive line is as poor as any in recent memory, it’s just not going to work. In the second half of the game, because they were behind, the Colts began to open it up and throw the ball around a little more. It’s starting to become more and more evident that Pep Hamilton’s power running game mindset isn’t going to work this year as long as the middle of the offensive line is as bad as it is. You have Andrew Luck…..USE HIM!
2.Defense has to play like it did against Denver
Against Denver, Indy made Peyton Manning look generally terrible. On the other hand, when they played the Texans, the secondary got burned, especially covering Andre Johnson. Greg Toler still hasn’t practiced this week, and it’s looking more like Cassius Vaughn will be playing in his absence. For the love of GOD- he might want to cover someone and quit looking like something that just popped up from my toaster. I’m not saying that the Rams have the most dangerous weapons in the NFL, but from what it looked like last week, Vaughn couldn’t cover me…..with a blanket!
3.Develop Whalen and his confidence
It appears that T.Y. Hilton is going to do his best to step up for the injured Reggie Wayne, and D.H.B. and the jugs machine are surely more acquainted after some of his drops. Speaking of drops, Coby Fleenor also apparently found a pair of hands! That two point conversion was a thing of beauty. And let’s take a look at Griff Whalen: at the start of the game, Griff looked, well, less than pleasant.
In the second half, Whalen looked great, finishing with five catches and sixty yards, including a key third down catch of the game-winning drive. The Colts need to keep grooming Whalen. Along those same lines, I’m sure Reggie is in Griff’s ear building his confidence. If things go well, I think Whalen could be an Austin-Collie-type receiver. He just needs some grooming. It helps that Whalen, Luck, and Hamilton all were at Stanford only a few years ago.
The Colts, for as long as I can remember, have always been a second half, come-back-from-behind team, however, most of the time it doesn’t have to be that way. The Colts are the better team and don’t need to come back as often as they do. If the Colts follow these three things this week, the amount of beer in Colts fan’s houses won’t be consumed as quickly as last week. Scratch that. It will still be consumed, but the fans will be happier.
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Posted 10 November 2013 - 01:26 AM
I don't get to watch every Colts game, but I try. I'm a huge Andrew Luck fan, and Reggie Wayne is my favorite non-Bengals player in the league. The thing that jumps out to me more than anything is the dropped passes. DHB, of course, drops a number, but Hilton has dropped a ton, and Fleener, at least early in the season, did too. I've never seen so many sets of stone hands on one team. Imaging Luck's numbers if somebody on his team could catch.
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