There was a bad vibe around last week’s Colts game.
You could argue that it was just my own expectations getting me down, but with the drama of Gonzo’s comments, the punt return uncertainty, the injuries to CJ and Saturday, and the reality of a tough road game to open the year, something felt off about the whole week. Sure enough, the Colts started slow and finished worse last week and lost 34-24.
This week has felt as good as last week did bad. There was no drama about anyone’s status as the Colts shockingly announced on a Tuesday that Sanders was having surgery and that Gonzo was out this week. Caldwell had upbeat and encouraging words about fixing the defense. And finally, Gary Brackett gave this quote:
“People have written us off before,” Brackett said. “Ask them how that went.”
That’s what I want to hear. One of the best leaders on the team talking like he has a serious chip on his shoulder. This week, I get the sense that the coaches are on top of the situation and that the players are locked and loaded. Maybe it’s just because I expect Indy to win tonight’s game comfortably. Who knows?
There’s a good vibe around tonight’s game.
Despite the lousy finish last night, I think most of us feel extremely good about the state of this team right now. The offense looked sharp, despite a smart aversion to running the ball. There was no reason to get Addai beat up. Manning was clearly in rhythm, and would have put up 30 had he stayed in the game. Most impressively was the furor of the defense. I can’t ever remember a Colts team that hit as hard as that one. We all know that Bob Sanders will eat brains, but watching Guzman leap over two guys to make a bruising tackle was awesome. This is a nasty defense. Despite allowing a bucketload of return TDs and several meaningless scores in the last two minutes of games, the Colts have the best scoring D in football. Of all the Colts teams I’ve seen, this one is the first to surpass the cursed 1996 as my favorite. I have this feeling like this team is about to ascend to a completely different level over the next month.
How hilarious was last night’s game as a microcosm of everything we’ve been saying about VY? I mean seriously. He was having a really strong statistical night, but the Titans were losing. As soon as he left the game, I knew we were in trouble. Jeff Fisher’s interview was weeeeeird after the game. He basically said Young COULD have played. YIKES. Did he really just bench his star QB in the 3rd quarter of a must win game that he was losing? Yup. And that’s why he’s great. He knew Collins was the best hope for winning that game, and was lucky he got the excuse he needed to play him.
Here’s a start on today’s links:
Clayton does a good job on the key issues of the playoffs.
CHFF picks their awards
John Clayton puts the Colts as at 2-1 to knock of the Pats.
Scouts Inc. weird system rates the Colts and Pats as even on offense.
Scoop may be crazy, but he’s not wrong.