Posted on: January 12, 2009 3:43 pm

Goodbye, Tony. The Best To You & Your Family.

Today, at 5pm, the Indianapolis Colts will announce that Tony Dungy is retiring as Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts. 

It's a sad day in Indianapolis.  It is a move that many have seen coming for some time now, but never wanted to realize.  For Tony, I know it's been a tough decision, but one that will be for the best of he and his family.

Coach Dungy will be missed in Indianapolis, a city that endured many losing seasons before he came to town.  He has been the subject of many conversations regarding inefficiency and choking, in that, the Colts only won 1 Super Bowl while he was in Indianapolis.

That statement astounds me.

Only one Super Bowl win in seven seasons is really quite an accomplishment.  There are currently 16 teams in the NFL whom have zero (0) wins in the Super Bowl.  There are 6 teams that have never even made it to the Super Bowl.

Coach Dungy took the time to reflect and pray to make sure that this was the right decision for he and his family.  He made it perfectly clear that this was a final decision, once he decided to step away.  This would not be a year or two hiatus, but a final exit to coaching.

Coach Dungy leaves behind a team that is still, very much, in tact, and built to make a run at a Super Bowl in the coming seasons.  The annointing of Jim Caldwell will add some consistency without going out to find a successor.  Jim Caldwell has worked with Peyton Manning and Tom Moore and should not represent much of a change in the offensive scheme of things.

I am sure that there will be some growing pains, but I don't look for drastic changes.  Indianapolis still had Manning, Freeney, Sanders, Wayne, Jackson, Bethea, and Mathis.  I look for Indy to find a way, next year, and to be competitive for years to come.

Coach Dungy, it's been a pleasure having you on the Colts sideline.  Thank you for all you have done for the Colts and the City of Indianapolis.
Category: NFL
Posted on: January 8, 2009 9:40 am

Let's Change The Way We Do Things!

For the past week, talk radio in Indianapolis has been blazing with people calling in and calling for a change to the way the NFL does things.  The Colts loss, in overtime, to a team that made it in to the playoffs by the skin of its teeth, has some calling for a change to the way home games are awarded, to how overtime is handled in the playoffs.

Let me start by saying, boo hoo.

If you ask any player on the Indianapolis Colts about making changes to any of the above, you will get negative responses.

Let's address a 12-4 team going on the road to play against an 8-8 team.

I have heard a lot of people say that the Colts should never have had to go on the road to play the Chargers because of records, despite Division standings.  This is wrong.  I don't care how strong or week a division is. You have to give a division winner home field for at least one game.  You have to reward the division winner.

Besides, if you look at San Diego's record, and then the losses, they were not a bad team.  Most games were very close.  And the thing is, they did it when it mattered.

A game should not be decided on a coin flip is another thing that I have heard.  For this I wholeheartedly agree.

A team should never let a game be decided by a coin flip.  Both teams were aware of the rules of overtime.  To avoid losing in overtime, take care of business in regulation, then there will be no overtime to worry about.  If you get to overtime and lose the toss, your defense HAS to step up and make a stop!  You cannot blame anyone but yourself on the outcome.

The rules have been on the books forever.  The NFL is the best show on television, right now, because of the old saying, "Any Given Sunday."  And that is why you will not see any wholesale changes; nor should you.
Category: NFL
Posted on: January 4, 2009 11:32 am

Indianapolis - The Bart Simpson of Post Season

The Indianapolis Colts took to the field, last night, as a one point favorite against a Chargers team that had nearly missed the playoffs, starting the season 4-8.  The Colts had, yet, another 12 win regular season and had strung together 9 wins in a row.

The Colts are at home today preparing for the next big thing....

The off season.

The Colts defense, effectively let Darren Sproles run all over the top of them.  They had no answers in the last 2.5 quarters of football.  This should have been a game that the Colts excelled in, since LaDanian Tomlinson was sidelined for most of the game.  However, once again, another year and another defense that cannot stop the run.

The offense didn't help matters.  Analysts have been saying all year that a one dimensional offense will not win in the playoffs.  Guess what; they are right.  The Colts offense could not generate much on the ground.  When it was needed most, they generated less.  The offensive line was partially to blame, but even the novice football fan could see that Joseph Addai was not going to get much yardage dancing around in the backfield.

Some of the things that I see need to happen to get the Colts over this hump are as follows:

1. Draft a run stopper.  Put some meat on the defensive line that is going to plug up the middle and force teams from the run.

2. Get a running back that can generate yardage, does more than dance in the backfield, and is less injury prone.

3. As much as I hate to say it, get a quality WR as a replacement for Marvin Harrison, and cut the first ballot Hall Of Famer.

4. The Colts need to do an extensive search for a special teams coach.  Our special teams is an achilles heal, every year.

5. I think Coach Dungy is a heck of a guy.  However, I don't think the retirement of Coach Dungy would necessarily be a bad thing.  We have been consistently good during the regular season.  We continually choke up a hairball in the playoffs.  Talent has changed, the coaching staff has not.  Maybe a change is due.

Congratulations to the San Diego Chargers.  You have earned another week on the playoff merry-go-round.

For the Colts......

I guess there is always next year.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 2, 2009 1:10 pm

Big Week For The Colts

It's a big weekend for the Indianapolis Colts, as the meet the San Diego Chargers.  To start off the weekend off, Peyton Manning was awarded the League MVP Award, as he drove the Colts to a 12-4 record, after starting 3-4.

The Colts go ito this game as favorites, albeit a 1 point favorite.  This will be a dangerous game for the Colts as and the Chargers always play a smashmouth game the is usually settled late in the game.  There is no reason to think this game will end any differently.

The Colts have just completed a 9-game winning streak, but the Chargers have just completed a streak of their own, winning their last 4.

This will be a tough game for both teams.  It remains to be announced whether LaDanian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates will play, as both are on the injury report.

This season has been different for a Colts squad that usually wraps up a division title by week 13 or 14.  This year, each win has been hard fought and down to the wire.  Look for every playoff game to be the same.

Posted on: December 15, 2008 10:14 am
Edited on: December 15, 2008 10:25 am

Colts Keep Lions Winless

The Colts faced a hungry Lions team on Sunday, but like so many Sundays earlier in the season, the Lions went away hungry.

In what appeared, from my seat, to be a poorly officiated game for both teams, the Colts took it to the Lions, despite some less that savory calls for the officiating crew.

I did not hear the explanation of the first fumble.  The only thing that I can figure is that a penalty is not reviewable.  Keiwan Ratliff was clearly interfered with on the punt return that was ruled a Lions fumble recovery.  It amazed me how the entire audience of the Luke saw it on the Jumbotron, but the official blew it in the replay booth.

Maybe they were showing porn under the curtain.

However, none of that mattered as the Colts reeled of their seventh straight win, to improve to 10-4.

Indianapolis is in the drivers’ seat in the chase for a Wild Card.  They have earned it.  Dominic Rhodes looked awesome running the ball, as did Chad Simpson.  And I have to say, that one-handed grab by Dallas Clark had to be one of the best of the year.  He just snagged that thing out of the air.  With his hands and size, he has to be one of the premier Tight Ends in the league.

It’s a short week for the Colts, as we head down to Jacksonville for Thursday Night Football.  The team will be set to avenge the early season loss to what is, now, a dumpster fire in Jacksonville.
Category: NFL
Posted on: December 8, 2008 3:00 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2008 11:55 pm

Another Win, and No Injuries!

The Indianapolis Colts effectively dismantled a mauch maligned Bengals team yesterday, and made it six in a row, strengthening ther spot for a wild card. 

The Colts did it with superb play from the defense and near flawless play from the offense.

Now, the beans and biscuits.......

We played the Bengals.  This is a team which has been having a hard time getting on the team bus without screwin something up.  The Colts were still not very good on the running game.  Joseph Addai and Dom Rhodes ran well at times, but lost yardage on 6 of 20 rushes.  That is not something that is going to win games in the playoffs.  That has to change.

One good thing was that Bob Sanders, though a bit rusty, was back on the field and the Colts suffered no injuries.  That could not be said for the Bengals.

Next week we face the Lions.  The Colts need to get it together with the running game or it will be a short lived playoff run,

Let's not let the Lions get their first win against the Horseshoes!

Go Horse!

Posted on: November 30, 2008 7:09 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2008 11:11 am

Colts Escape Cleveland

It wasn't a blowout.  There was no record passing day for Peyton Manning or a career rushing day for Joseph Addai.  Instead, it was a grind-it-out, smashmouth football game in the cold.

They say that defense wins football games.  That is not something that can be said for the Colts defense, very often.  In the past, the Colts offense put an enormous amount of points on the board, and the defense is then able to pass rush against a team trying to get back into the game by passing the ball.

Today, the defense bailed out a negligible offense, and came up with some big plays when they needed to.  Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis had a great game, as they fought all day providing pressure against Derek Anderson and forced the struggling QB into bad situations, and put him out of the game, and possibly out of the season.

The Colts are still awaiting word on Gary Brackett, whom had gone out with an apparent leg injury.  Early word is that he has an ankle injury, but there is no word as to how long the team will be without him.

The Colts come out of this game on a 5-game win streak.  The remaining schedule is is said to be the easiest in the NFL.  However, today proved that you cannot overlook any team on the schedule, as some of the worst teams in the NFL are some of the most dangerous.

Next week, we play the Cincinnati Bengals, in The Luke.  I'm sure that it will be a good game, and have high hopes for a 6-game win streak! 

Category: NFL
Posted on: October 19, 2008 7:31 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2008 4:43 pm

What A Day..............

The Colts went into the Packers game after a big win against the Baltimore Ravens.  The Colts that showed up in Green Bay were not those same Colts that played last week,

It was painful to watch this team, today.

Was it injuries?  Was it too many rookies?  No.

It was reckless, inconsistent play that was marred by penalties and poor tackling.

The defense could not get off of the field because they could not stop the run game.  They could not stop the passing game, and even when they did make a stop, they commited a stupid penalty to keep the Packers drive alive.

Tim Jennings played like a high schooler, today.  He commited 3 stupid penalties that resulted in Packers first downs.  The offense is still not clicking completely.  When Manning has two INT's returned for touchdowns, there is a problem.

The Packers played a great game.  They had a good game plan.

I will say one thing.  Part of the game of football is momentum.  Tony Dungy needs to step out there and take a chance.  There is no reason why we should have not gone for the first down on 4th and 1; especially when your defense cannot stop the other team.  If we make it, it swings our way.  It was crucial, and I fully believe we could have made it.

I'm gonna have to forgot about this for now, because I'm so upset.

I'm going on vacation!

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