Justin completely recapped the performance of Colts and their thrashing at the hands of the hated Patriots. No excuses to be made, not even a deflated football (read Justin’s article) the Colts were completely outmatched. Some will say that it’s part of the progression, some will say it shows just how good the Patriots are, but really there seems more to this story (one we’ve seen before). Many questions seem to be popping up now that the dust is settling. Where do the Colts go from here?
For starters, reports are swirling that the team and Andrew Luck are working on a record breaking deal, yes those are the sounds of Irsay backing up the Brink’s truck, full of cash. Hopefully and logically the deal will be good for both Luck and the team. I don’t have an issue with Luck cashing in, but after the the throbbing the team took, and several key players coming up for new deals, this is a an important path the team must forge carefully .
Besides Luck’s new deal, other factors like bad drafting, trades, and player evaluation has lead this team to the current state where they find themselves. Grigson and Pagano both now are finding themselves in the crosshairs of many, yet both are seemingly safe. Pagano is a decent coach, he’s full of heart which his players feed off of, but he needs to improve in game management and preparing the team week in and out. Grigson on the other hand is a big question mark. Is he closer to the executive of the year, or the GM who traded for Trent Richardson that now seems one-sided.
The team will have to work out all these issues and come up with a plan this offseason, luckily they have full a compliment of draft picks for the first time in a few seasons. That’s the task at hand and now, and decisions will come, but make no mistake the it’s time to get it right. Fix the offensive line, shore up the defense, find a running back, these are among the biggest needs. If these aren’t addressed, we may just see a repeat of what just happened. Here comes Lagarrette Blount, it time to to stop expecting different results without changing anything. The Colts will have the offseason to address it. All we can do is wait, for next season.
Word broke this morning from WTHR’s Bob Kravitz that a league source has said they were going to investigate into possible ball tampering by the New England Patriots. Word is that balls could have been deflated making them easier to throw and catch.
If this comes to be true this would be the second time the Patriots have been caught cheating in the NFL. SpyGate in 2007 was their first time where they were caught when they were found to be video taping opponents defensive signals. The Pats lost a first round pick to this scandal and if the ball tampering comes to be true then I see more than just one pick will be vacated.
However I want to say and reiterate, like most media people this morning, this wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the game. The Colts flat out didn’t show up. They couldn’t get anything going and they couldn’t get out of their own way. Yes it sucks that if this is found to be true the Patriots cheated against us and will only fuel the fire for the game next year but that wouldn’t have given the Colts more confidence or ability to stand with the best.
I’m a Patriots hater. I am not one that hides it but I will say this, the better team won yesterday. Plain and simple. There is no other way to put it. Luck and company have a lot to work on for next season. Ryan Grigson and his scouts need to be out there finding another diamond in the rough and getting together a plan to shore up the holes with this team.
The 2014 season ended for the Colts in one of the worst possible ways – getting run over by the Patriots. Not many sided with the Colts in this match up, especially with it being in New England, but Colts Nation was filled with hope.
LaGarrette Blount led the way for the Patriots as they won their sixth AFC Championship in the Belichick era. Blount did what Jonas Gray did to the Colts in their regular season visit – bulldozed anything in his way. Blount’s 148 and three touchdowns was more than enough help for Tom Brady.
Brady threw for 23-of-35 and 226 yards and completely exposed the Colts secondary. It seamed as if the Colts forgot how to tackle and then misjudged Brady and Belichick’s game plan. Many times the Colts defense looked to be in a daze pre snap, as if they had never seen the types of formations the Patriots were in, which les to burning a couple of time outs.
One of the few times the Colts actually looked confident was when they held Brady scoreless during the opening position, which was nullified when Josh Cribb muffed the punt and gave the ball right back to the Pats.
Nothing could go right for the Colts – even veteran Adam Vinatieri who has made many clutch/difficult kicks in less then desirable weather in Foxborogh, looked far beyond his normal talent caliber. Vinatieri was trusted to attempt a 51-yard FG with 5 MPH cross winds, but completely shanked it.
This game got completely out of hand as the Patriots were just too much for the Colts this season. The Colts will be looking into a new contract for Luck with a ridiculous number, even though he is completely worth it, and what positions to improve with young talent with their 26th pick in this years draft. And the Patriots will move on to Super Bowl XLIX to face the Seattle Seahawks.
At times it has been a difficult season and at others a great season, but one thing is for sure – TrueBlueFans stood beside their team through it all and have much to be excited for in the 2015 season!