Let’s face it, this team is taking the 1st pick of the 2012 draft, and running away with it. They continue to lose, show no signs of taking control of a game, (or even a quarter) and no matter how much promise they may show, can’t seem to dig one out in 2011. It’s just not happening.
Terrell Suggs, had 3 sacks and forced 3 fumbles for Baltimore, who harassed the Colts pass protection all game long. The Ravens now sit at the top of the Division at 10-3, and have won 4 straight games without long time Captain Ray Lewis. The Ravens scored 10 points in the first quarter, and started pounding the ball with all pro halfback Ray Rice, who finished with 106 yards on 26 attempts, with a touchdown. The Colts trailed 17-3 at halftime and had only 53 yards of offense through three quarters.
The Colt’s kept fighting the whole game, they showed a lot of heart down the stretch putting some good hits on Rice, and even came through with an Interception by Veteran Free Safety Antione Bethea. One of the few positive events of the game, was the final drive by the Colts, with Orlovsky dropping back with fair pass protection and converting a 4th and 3 pass to Jacob Tamme. It was Tamme who capped off the 76 yard 2 minute drive, with a touchdown in the endzone as time expired.
“The guys kept fighting,” Caldwell said. “But obviously, it’s little consolation in a game like this.”
There has been speculation that the winless Colts are determined to “suck for Luck” but this game clearly showed that they were fighting to the very end. I never once witnessed a “half effort” by any player on the Indianapolis Defense. As a matter of fact, Dwight Freeney looked like his energetic self, recording 2 sacks to go over 100 for his career.
“It just shows that you play as hard as you can until the end,” Colts center Jeff Saturday said. “You can’t give up. At least it shows we were still playing hard.”
The Colts were limited to 167 yards overall, 53 through 3 quarters. Both Joseph Addai, and Donald Brown were completely ineffective all game.
“We shut them down early, and then they had to start passing the ball,” Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said. “That’s when Terrell Suggs went crazy.”
Suggs: one of the most interesting characters in the NFL, who is an Avid movie watcher had this to say about his tremendous game:
“It’s chaos out there. A lot is going on more than you see. It’s like ‘The Matrix’ out there with a little bit of ‘Inception’. It’s a little bit crazy.”
It’s safe to say the Colts still have a lot to work on. They will most likely not get it together by the end of the season, and seem destined for the “Luck Sweepstakes”. Peyton Manning is not coming back like hoped, and the only positive insight is the possible stud rookie they will be drafting in the off season. The Colts remaining schedule is the Titans, Texans, and Jaguars. Orlovsky and company are in for a test with 3 of the top defenses in the last 3 remaining games, yet I do not foresee the Colts giving up, or showing any signs of putting their heads down.
“I really don’t focus on myself. … There’s no self-pity or anything of that nature,” Caldwell said. “Really, I’m concerned about the men who play for us, making sure these guys keep their heads up, keep fighting to the end. Those are the things that really matter.”
Say what you will about Jim Caldwell, he is keeping his team from letting up.
Fact of the Matter: His “never quit” attitude is reflecting upon his players, win or lose, that says a lot. We all remember the meltdown by Jim Mora in 1998, the last time the Colts were winless. Not the case with Caldwell. The class, and professionalism embedded from coach Tony Dungy years ago, has been carried on through Caldwell. You see many teams who have bad attitudes when losing. Who other than the Indianpolis Colts should be more frustrated at this point in the season? This is the team that you should expect the most frustration, and emotion to come out week in and week out. Instead they stay collected after every loss, regrouping and coming back the next week ready to fight. There’s something to be said about an Organization that can win in a classy manner, (Which the Colts did for so long) but it’s even harder to lose in the same manner. That’s what I call respectable, hats off to Caldwell and the rest of the team.
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