After two weeks of surprisingly decent, sometimes very good play by the Indianapolis Colts we finally witnessed what all the experts and pundits had been concerned about. That the Colts may be what everyone thinks they are. Bad. Very bad.
Maybe they were playing vanilla. Maybe they just didn’t want to show anymore of their hand. What ever the reason, they just looked like they we not into all the hype this match-up generated. It was supposed to be the No.1 vs No.2. Luck vs RGIII. What it ended up being was some no name Redskin rookie running down the throats of a non-existent defensive line. It was Andrew Luck running for his life on every drop back. Negative running plays, sacks, constant pressure; and that was just one series for a Colts offensive line that looked more like Swiss cheese than it did the brick wall we were hoping for.
The previous two weeks the Colts had slow starts and then settled down and played much better. Against Washington they started with a bang and then fizzled into pure ugliness. Neither Luck nor RGIII lit it up, but RGIII didn’t have to. All he had to do was hand the ball off to a running back, any running back. Then sit back and watch Freeny and Hughes wave as they ran around them. And if the Redskins went up the middle it seemed like they gained 5,6 or 7 yards every time. The Colts gave up 5.4 yds/carry for the game. It was ugly.
Andrew Luck was the only thing the Colts could feel good about on that Saturday afternoon. Even under constant pressure from a good Washington defense Luck stayed cool. No interceptions and a very pretty 31 yard touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton. Other than that there was nothing. I mean nothing. They averaged 2.o yards per rush. Abysmal. Donald Brown – 7 carries, 8 yards. Vick Ballard – 7 carries, 8 yards. Delon Carter – 3 carries, 5 yards. Sacks allowed – 4 for -28 yards.
If you add it all up it’s a recipe for another #1 pick in the 2013 draft. But, then again, it’s only preseason, just one game, as everyone seems to agree on. As I’ve stated in previous blogs, in Indy it’s more than that. As much hope the Colts gave us in the first two games, they gave as much doubt in the third. Cincinnati is next but the starters won’t be playing much at all, so we really won’t know for sure what the Colts are bringing until September 9th in Chicago against a very good defense and a scarey offense. This time it’s for real.
The big tweet last week was the trade for Miami’s Vontae Davis for a second round and conditional late round (presumably 6th) draft pick in next years draft. I read a lot of the message boards and once you get past all the teenage idiots and uninformed trollers that seem to flood most of these boards, Dolphin fans seem to really hate this move. Some mention the fact that he was lazy, out of shape and just didn’t seem to care. But most realize that playing for a franchise that doesn’t seem to have a clue about building a good team in the NFL would wear on almost anybody. Losing year after year after year would make many people lose interest. Word is he’s for real if he wants to be. He has a new start on a team the really does want to win. A team that has been winning for quite a while. He’s young (24 years old) and has a lot left in him. This trade just may be what he needs to be the force that most believed he could be coming out of college. Regardless, it’s a major upgrade for the Colts. we will find out if the price they paid is worth the risk.
About the Author
Written by Rich Marchione
I have lived in Indiana most of my life with the exception a stint in the Marine Corps in the early 80's. I currently live in Anderson, IN, where the Colts camp out for the summer. I have followed the Colts since the Jeff George days. Back then you had to go to the game to watch them because they weren't very good and around Indiana basketball was king, so they were never on television. Then Peyton showed up and the rest was history. Now he's gone and we start a new era. I am excited about all the new changes and will be following them closely. I am married to Cynthia Marchione, I have one daughter, Kaylee and three step-children, Jason, Autumn and Nikki. I also have eight grandchildren.