When the Colts can’t run the ball. . . at all. . .they’re really not too difficult to defend. Let’s face it. The Eagles had a pretty decent game plan for yesterday and they executed it fairly well to boot. But given the way the Colts ran the ball in Philadelphia on Sunday (or should I say, didn’t run the ball) I’m thinking the Liberty Bell Ladies Auxiliary could have done just as well as the Eagles’ defense.
The Colts only rushed for 62 yards on 19 attempts Sunday and that glaring statistic really tells everyone why the Colts lost the game. This Indy team averages around 27 points per game and those points tend to get spread out through various offensive weapons on the team, particularly the receivers. Running the ball for the Colts in the Manning era has always been just one of the means to the end, i.e. setting up the pass. Whether it’s a called play in the huddle or Peyton adjusting and making an audible at the line, the result of the pending pass play is set up by the defense not being sure of what’s going to happen. When the defense can predict or at least play the odds, as the Eagles were pretty much able to do yesterday, the defensive emphasis is placed on the pass coverage and the Colts become easier to defend.
I’m sure there was a collective sigh of relief from both fans and Colts’ staff this morning regarding the status of Austin Collie and his concussion. Collie took a big hit in the 2nd quarter yesterday while attempting to catch a pass coming across the middle of the defense. After the initial hit, Collie’s head hit the turf hard as he fell to the ground and he laid motionless while medical staff attended to his injury. A personal foul was called on Kurt Coleman for an illegal hit on a defenseless receiver. Now after watching the replay numerous times, I really didn’t think it was an illegal hit or even if it was (by the letter of the law), it did not appear to have any intention to cause harm. It was just one of those instances in football where fast moving bodies make and take hard hits.
Here’s what did bother me though. Asante Samuel complaining almost hysterically along the sideline. . .or DeSean Jackson running onto the field to give the referees an earful of how he’s taken that kind of hit before without the same kind of yellow flag protection. Now here’s Austin Collie, apparently knocked out, lying completely still in the middle of the field and you have several Eagles who were complaining about 15 yds like it was more important than the health of another player. Here’s a tip for Samuel and Jackson. . .look up sportsmanship and class in the dictionary.
The Eagles were healthier and better prepared to win on Sunday and the final score reflected that. Hopefully, the Colts can continue to get injured players healthy so the patchwork-bandaid system they are using now can take a backseat to starting regulars again. Check back later in the week for my pregame thoughts on this weekend’s game against the Bengals.
About the Author
Written by Patrick Blakeslee
I am currently a full-time student at State University of New York at Cobleskill. As a life long fan of sports, I hope to bring some research, insight and knowledge to the readers.