Colts Lose Season Finale, Secure First Overall Pick in 2012 Draft

Kyle Rodriguez adds his quick comments on the final game of the 2011 season. 

And with that, the Colts wrap up what has been an excruciating 2011 season with a 19-13 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. 

Of course, as painful as the season has been, the next four months of speculation will be just as frustrating.  The Colts have a lot of decisions to make, not only regarding Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, and the number one overall pick, but in regards to their head coach, front office, and whether or not it is time for a rebuilding period. 

But, for now, we’ll let that rest, as I’m sure we’ll see more than enough commentary on those subjects in the coming weeks. 

For the Jaguars game, it once again came down to quarterback play. Dan Orlovsky was horrendous throughout the game, and while the Colts played well enough on defense, the lack of offensive production and field position led to Maurice Jones Drew and Company being too much for the Colts. 

  • As I stated above, Dan Orlovsky was terrible this game, reverting to his true colors that most Colts fans realized in the preseason. Dan O finished with 264 yards on 27-40 passing, but killed the Colts’ chances with two interceptions and two fumbles (one recovered by the Colts). The turnovers in Colts territory led directly to six points by the Jaguars, while a three and out and short punt (Jags received ball at Indy 35) led to the Jags only touchdown of the day. 
  • The Colts ran a very pass heavy offense again today, running 44 pass plays and and just 21 run plays. While the run game was often stymied by a very good Jaguars defense (just 2.3 YPC), that huge discrepancy seems like overkill, especially as bad as Orlovsky was playing. Also, despite once again playing better than his fellow running backs, Donald Brown received just 8 carries. 
  • Austin Collie was a bright spot in the game, finishing with nine catches for 96 yards and the Colts lone touchdown. If Manning is healthy in 2012, I am looking forward to a big season from the duo. Reggie Wayne finished what is likely his last game in a Colts uniform with eight catches for 73 yards. 
  • Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney both had a sack, with Mathis getting the strip-fumble as well (which resulted in no points by the offense, of course). Mathis seemed to be more visibly active on the day, but that’s just my knee-jerk opinion. Take it with a grain of salt. 
  • Antoine Bethea was great, with the stand-up tackle of MJD on the goalline early in the game. He finished with 10 tackles on the day. 
  • The defense as a whole played sufficiently, allowing MJD to get his yards (169 on 25 carries), but stiffening in the red zone and holding the Jags to just one touchdown (and four field goals), despite the discrepency in field position. 
  • The offensive line seemed to struggle all game, not only failing to open up holes in the run game, but allowing the Jaguars to get three sacks and a boat load of pressure on Orlovsky.

Not a necessarily intriguing game, with the true impact of the game only being felt in draft position. Feel free to discuss the game, as well as the upcoming decisions awaiting Jim Irsay and the rest of the Colts front office. 

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.