Re: 2010 Indianapolis Colts
Wow, this thread makes it painfully obvious that this is a baseball site and not a football site. Needless to say, certain posters will be ignored by me fairly quickly.
Anyway, onto the game...
I'm glad this is a written forum, because my voice is still recovering. I was a loud and proud member of the 12th man last night, and Lucas Oil was rocking! A testament to the Indy fans that they stayed so loud, despite a game with little action in the first half.
The offense: Peyton Manning showed why he is the best in the game. No mistakes, didn't force anything. He just didn't have the weapons this season. With Clark and Collie healthy, I think the outcome is much different. That said, I though Blair White looked good yesterday, and Dom Rhodes was fired up.
The defense: I don't really blame the defense for the loss. Sure, they were porous in the second half, but they had a very solid first half. I think they may have simply been worn out, having to play short-handed and playing a physical team like the Jets is even more difficult when the offense has trouble sustaining drives. The defense had 10 players go on IR this year. Ten! For them to reach this point is somewhat miraculous. That said, they need some help next year, especially the tackles and secondary.
Special Teams: Awful. Just atrocious play. Aside from Vinatieri, there is no player on the Colts special teams that should feel secure in their job. They have no threat returning kicks and to give up the huge return to the Jets that led to the FG is inexcusable. I think the injuries on the team led to a lot of players on special teams that had no business being there. Hoping for a big improvement next year.
Coaching: As much as I like Caldwell's calm demeanor, I think it is time for him to go. It seems he is doing his best to act like Tony Dungy, but he simply doesn't have the football acumen to pull it off. As bad as not trying to get some points before halftime was, the final timeout in the game was worse. You would think he would've learned after the debacle in Jacksonville, but obviously not. I think it is time for a change, despite a Super Bowl appearance and division title in his two years. (Jason Whitlock is speculating that Jon Gruden may get the some. I'm not sure Gruden is the right fit, however.)