After their previous stinkers over the past month, the Colts felt the need to light a match. After taking it one day at a time and throwing out the records, they did just that Sunday against the Texans. A few body blows later, and the Colts had imposed their will and set fire on the dumpster that is the Houston Texans with a 25-3 victory at Lucas Oil Stadium. The win ran the Colts record vs. the Texans in Indianapolis to a reasonable 1,959,072 – 0 (approximately).
Hello, friends, and welcome to Augusta National for this 193rd Annual Masters Tournament, I'm your host, Greg Cowan. Let's start off with the important stuff: a win is a win and no win is bad so a win over the hapless Texans, by all definitions was good, so if a win is good then there is no bad, so let's not spend too much time being negative about it, okay?
Andrew Luck looked good. While he deserves some blame for his first half interception, I felt like the bulk of the blame should fall on the broad shoulders of the impressive Da'Rick Rogers, who ran a questionable route. This is not me being negative, as I really like Rogers. But he's played two NFL games, and you can see why route running was one of the issues keeping him on NFL practice squads and off of NFL rosters on Sundays. The key is to watch the top of routes: if it's a sharp, crisp cut, it's probably a good route. If it's rounded, circular, a bit lazy? Not a good route. But Rogers will learn, he'll get better. He's going to be very good.
I thought Donald Brown looked good in limited time. Hopefully his injury isn't too serious. I thought Pep Hamilton did some great things. I thought TY Hilton looked good. The defense definitely took some big strides this week, as well.
This is going to conclude my actual analysis of the game. I have a few reasons:
- I haven't written in quite some time, so I'm trying to get into the swing of things
- I was told yesterday that I'm far too negative, so I'm remaining positive
- if I mentioned someone by name today, you can assume they did well, if I didn't mention them by name, you can assume they suck and trading a 1st-round pick for them was a huge mistake, bordering on a fireable offense,
- stop punting on 4th-and-1 from the opponent's 40,
- the best news from yesterday is this: the Texans are horrible, if they are the Colts' stiffest competition in the AFC South, they will be sleepwalking into the playoffs for the foreseeable future,
- I have a much longer, more detailed story planned, but it felt out of place following a big win (so be sure to tune in next week after a trip to Kansas City)
I'm going to end today's moaning with this: why is Chuck Pagano so eager to throw out the records? I mean, every word that comes out of his mouth is a cliche, so I guess we could just write it off as being part of his Random Cliche Generator, but I think there's more to it than that. It almost feels – to me – like a preemptive defensive mechanism.
What do I mean by that?
By "throwing out the records" he's preemptively excusing every loss to a team with a losing record, "who cares if they were 3-7, we threw the records out," and upgrading every win, "we don't care if their record says they are 2-12, they're a better team than that!"
I understand the need for coaches to be insular, for them to spin everything in a certain way so that their staff, their players, their fans buy into it, but the Colts seem to have a self-awareness problem. They think they are better than they are, supported by a record that looks better when you throw the records out. They think their running back is better than he is, supported by throwing his entire pro career out. They think their offense is better than it is, supported by not throwing anything, ever. It's hard to improve yourself if you've made it impossible to have an honest accounting of who and what you are. Hopefully that changes this off-season, regardless of how far the Colts go this post season.