The first thing most experts, fans and bloggers are going to do after the Colts 41-21 loss to the Chicago Bears is compare Andrew Lucks performance to RGIII and Peyton Manning. That is a mistake.
Strictly by the box score you will see that he threw 3 interceptions, fumbled once and was sacked three times. He had a rating of 52.9. What you won’t see is that he was running for his life on damn near every drop back. To put it mildly, the Colts offensive line was absolutely horrible. What you won’t see is that he picked himself up off the turf and did it all over again, and again, and again.
Both RGIII and Manning have respectable offensive lines, a running game and a defense. The Colts have none of that. Comparing Luck with those other two guys is like apples and watermelons, it’s absurd. So let’s not even go there.
Instead let’s talk about the total lack of talent currently in the Colts starting lineup. I’ve already discussed the offensive line and believe me I could go on and on, but I think Mr. Lucks’ stats say enough.
Defensively my mother (she’s a saint, not a New Orleans kind of saint, just a regular saint) could have sat back there and thrown for 300 yards against what I might consider a defense that’s a step up from Savannah State. Granted, the Bears are very talented on the offensive side of the ball, but how much of it was Chicago’s talent and how much was the Colts lack of talent? With the front four putting absolutely no pressure on Jay Cutler, they left the secondary to fend for themselves. What a disaster that was. Indianapolis’ defensive backfield made former Colts castoffs and current Bears corners Tim Jennings and Kelvin Hayden look like All-Pros. Chicago receivers were open all day long. The Bears were only 4 for 12 on third down conversions, but when you’re gaining 10-12 yards on first and second down who cares?
Obviously, I was not very happy with the Colts performance on Sunday. And some will say that I’m being a little too harsh. That everything is new to these guys, give them a chance. I will, but I just can’t stand to see very well paid professionals get rolled over like they’re standing still.
This new defense was supposed to be all about putting a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks, forcing mistakes into turnovers and bad throws. What transpired Sunday was embarrassing to say the least.
One other thing that bothered me Sunday was the lack of screen plays. Anyone who has ever witnessed even a little of the Pittsburgh Steelers while Bruce Arians was there knows that the screen was king. They ran it a lot and they ran it to perfection. Andrew Luck could have minimized the grass stains on his ass had they ran a few screens to slow down the constant pressure the Bears put on him. To me that just makes sense. Oh well, I guess that’s why I’m just a fan.
It’s the first game of the season against what looked like a top tier team; let’s see how they do next week at home against the Vikings. Maybe I’ll change my tune. I hope so
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.