Posted on: January 8, 2009 9:40 am
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.
Posted on: January 4, 2009 11:32 am
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.