Wow, the Pats losing like they did, and then the Ravens losing like they did, and now they have to play each other in prime time next week? That's gonna be a black hole of anger over that game.
I think this team would be much improved if we aired it out more on offense with Luck. Its one of his strengths. It might've not come down to the wire like it did.
But a W is still a W so its a moot point now.
I know the Colts aren't likely to be better than 4-12 or 5-11 at best this year, but it still feels good to win a meaningful game.
Agreed. Luck led a beautiful drive to set up that FG at the end of the game when he was able to play to his capabilities. Our play calling was overly conservative in the previous four possessions and it almost cost us the game. I hope that doesn't become a trend. Let Luck throw.
To be fair the Browns and Dolphins looked much better today, and Jags won't be a pushover. But I think we can take Green Bay, they suck.
I love Reggie Wayne. I'm so glad we wanted to keep him, and appreciate that he wanted to come back here. He is a special Colt.
How huge would it be if we beat Jacksonville next week and are 2-1 heading into the bye? Jacksonville is 0-2 and is not good at all. I think we have a very good chance at winning that game after today. But winning that game and being 2-1 heading into the bye week would be huge because the next two games are home against Green Bay and away at the Jets. Those will obviously be tough. Lets say we lose both of those and are 2-3. Then our next 3 games are home against Cleveland, away at Tenn, and home against Miami. I think we could go 2-1 against those three teams.
It's not unreasonable that this team starts the season at 4-4. I'm not going to say it's likely, but it's certainly possible after today.
You're right how could I forget lol
Maybe I'm blocking out the subconscious pain or probably because it seemed like a lifetime ago with the Colts being a totally different team now it doesn't seem to register.
NFL changes quickly after all.
I remember the game but forgot that Adam made the FG that gave us the lead before the ill fated Special Teams gaffe.
The Colts should aim to have more balance in this new era of Colts football but they should also recognize that any team who loses their future HOF QB is going to be screwed. If the Colts had started Dan Orlovsky all of last season I think they would have won 4-5 games or so.
Big win, imperfect as it may have been. Keeps people (read: non-diehards) engaged and tickets selling for the next few home games.
Agree on the uber conservative play calling front. I understand the concept of running simply to keep the D honest, but when your line is that inept at run blocking, you're just wasting downs.
Hey, the Vikes are trash, but the D was decent and IMO Luck excellent. Particularly when you consider how much he did on his OWN. I mean 90% of NFL QBs would have been sacked on about 8 occasions today where he escaped and MADE a play. That said, the O-line is a train wreck. Hopefully we'll get some of the guys back from injury next week and there can at least be incremental progress.
Oh yeah, sign me on for Ballard. Let Brown be the change of pace back.
Luck did enough to win it on his own. Certainly doesn't hurt to have Vinny on your team though. Brady has three rings because of Vinny so I'm willing to look the other way on one regular season game for Luck.
So on to the Jags. The same Jags who lost to Minnesota in Week 1.
I do recall Arians (or at least a reporter who interviewed him) say that he wanted to be a predominantly running offense in Pittsburgh when he started there, but they (the Steelers) started becoming more pass-happy as Roethlisberger developed into a good passing game.
While I don't have a source for that unfortunately (I was thinking of it off the top) here's an article of him talking about the running game.
Also if Pagano wants ground and pound, I'm not sure he would've brought in Arians if he thought Arians would contradict his coaching philosophy.Quote:
“We want to be able to run the football when we want to run the football. There aren’t any numbers, every game dictates different numbers. But when we want to run it, we want to be able to run it, and be able to be physical.”
Arians talked about taking an ‘old school football’ approach to running the football and he has multiple backs at his disposal this training camp.
I do agree with you though that his playcalling was too conservative for this game. At the very least we should've tried a HB sweep or two instead of running it up the gut for -2 yards every 1st down. I'm not even sure that would work, I'd just rather they tried something (a little) less predictable.
Colts deserved to lose this game because of the horrible play calling in the second half. Coaches got bailed out from Luck's heroics.
I haven't read through the whole thread, so advance apologies if this has already been discussed. I noted a few things about Luck today.
1. He is excellent at sensing the pressure and moving in the pocket to avoid it. Excellent.
2. He was not especially accurate, despite the overall percentage. He underthrew Avery on that 1st qtr bomb, the TD to Allen was thrown late and at least 3 or 4 other inaccurate throws that were great catches. I was only judging him on throws where he had protection.
3. Dang that kids is ugly.