Give Richie A Chance

For those of you who are now singing “Give Peace A Chance”, you’re welcome.

Now, onto what I want to talk about – the Colts offensive line.  It’s quite offensive.  Yes, I went there.  It’s a hot mess as one of my colleagues put it.  I will say this though; Castonzo and Mewhort have been pretty good this season.  They have held their own and the 2nd round pick used on Mewhort is paying off in my opinion.  However, the same cannot be said for their O-line teammates.

I give Cherilus a pass.  He has been dealing with a hip injury and for anyone who has played offensive line it’s extremely hard to do your job if you are having hip problems.  I know that this hasn’t been all season but no one outside the Colts facility knows how long this has been going on.

Let’s move onto Thornton and Harrison – they are NOT getting a pass.  I made the mistake of saying in my mid-season awards that Harrison was the best newcomer.  I was way off.  Not even close.  Thornton has had two seasons in this offense and still doesn’t seem like he can keep up.  He was tossed around like a rag doll by Jacksonville this past Sunday before suffering an MCL injury.  I’m not saying it’s a fake injury, but it’s convenient that he was playing horrendously and then suddenly Shipley replaced him.  As for Reitz, he isn’t a tackle and if the coaching staff ever starts him there again they need to be hit over the head with a hammer.

So – what is a quick fix to this problem?  Richie Incognito.  Yes, that name again.  At this point the offensive line needs help.  He can help.  He is a mauler that can pass block decently well.  He will need to prove himself of course, but getting another shot in the league will probably keep in on the straight and narrow.  This line needs help and you can’t keep patch-working the job with Shipley and Reitz with the playoffs looming.  Shipley should be the center.  Period.  Harrison can’t play guard and Reitz is mediocre in my opinion.  Incognito is someone who can help right away.  Give him the playbook and say you have one week to learn it and be ready.

I know he isn’t a “Horseshoe Guy” but what does that even mean anymore?  Is he a guy that can be plugged in to stop the gaping hole at LG?  Sure can.  Could he be the piece of the puzzle that will buy Luck more time or open some more holes for Boom or T-Rich?  Sure.  Could he help with the push in the playoffs by having another veteran lineman that can hold his own against most of the NFL competition?  Most definitely.

So what’s the problem here?  No one can say that he would bully this locker room.  No chance in hell of that happening.  He could even have a zero-tolerance contract that states if there is one issue he will be released immediately.  So what’s the hold up?

I do sincerely feel that this needs to happen.  He is the best free agent offensive lineman available and if the Colts don’t pick him up another playoff-bound team will.  Come on Grigson, pull the trigger.  You can bring in busts like Landry and Walden for all that money but can’t pull the trigger on a half-season vet minimum contract for someone who could actually help this team pull it together?  Let’s do this guys.  Go call Richie in and pray for the  best.

Colts – Where to Begin?


The Colts bested the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-3, but despite the score there is some real concern growing among fans who pay attention to this team.  Look, I’ve said this before and still believe the Colts win the AFC South.  Problem is, the South is really bad this year and the Colts are lucky beneficiaries of that.  Although the score looks impressive, the defense only giving up three points – if you watched the game then you know that Jacksonville outplayed the Colts.  The first half the offensive line couldn’t keep Jacksonville out of Luck’s way which created sacks and fumbles galore.

I know there are many good reasons for these happenings like injuries, a good front seven on Jacksonville, and general wear and tear from the season, but some of this really falls squarely on the coaching and the decision made this off season.  Many including myself felt Trent Richardson could rebound after a disastrous first season with team, but unfortunately that all but looks busted now.  Trent soley is out there now because the front office got swindled by the Browns.  He has seemingly been outplayed by almost every back the Colts have trotted out; Daniel “Boom” Herron is the latest.  The biggest issue I see with Trent is he looks indecisive and lacks a burst which are both traits Donald Brown and now Herron both exhibit.

But, I don’t blame T-Rich; he’s out there doing what he’s being told.  The offensive line at this point (again) is a hot mess.  Disclaimer: I do think they have some pieces to build off, however this offseason they have work to do.  Remember all the talk about Khaled Holmes and “The Center of the Future” talk?   Yeah, that looks brilliant and many fell for the line of crap!  Seriously, A.Q.  Shipley was playing well, then for some reason the coaching staff decided to make a change for really no reason.  Harrison has played alright, and long term may be the actual “Center of the Future,” but seems like he and the team both could have benefitted from some seasoning.

The defense was supposed to be improved this season and at times have looked really good, but unfortunately it seems that the unit is as bad as it usually is.  Vontae Davis has been solid but really no one else has stood out.  The next best player defensively on the team is Cory Redding and it seems there isn’t a lot left in the tank for him.  Mike Adams has also been involved in some big plays but like Redding he’s getter near the end of his career at this point.  Bjoern Werner came into the season with lots of hype to fill the vacant shoes of Robert Mathis, but has proved to better at “Setting the Edge” than pass rushing, something that Erik Walden has actually done well at, and he was brought in to “Set the Edge”-go figure.

My point is, there are many issues plaguing this team and it seems likely that these issues will cause Luck and the offense a chance at hoisting the trophy in February.  I would love nothing more than to see it happen, but the problem is I just don’t see it coming together as past issues seem to be rising to the surface again.  This is sort of my way of releasing my frustration I’ve bottled up for this season.  I see so much potential  yet it always seems just out of reach.  Now, I can end on a positive note – Josh Cribbs looks like he can be a difference maker.  I loved what I saw from him.  He brought energy and focus and almost single-handedly showed the team how passion can raise your game.  Although he is a relative newcomer to the team, he has shown others that he knows his time is limited and he will make the most of the opportunity he’s given.  Welcome  to Indy, Josh!

Defense Flusters Jaguars; Colts Cruise to Victory

After the Colts were humiliated last Sunday night on the national stage against the Patriots I thought the Colts would be fired up this afternoon and ready to tear the Jaguars apart today, limb from limb.

Unfortunately, I was wrong.

Yes, the Colts prevailed 23-3 and improved to 7-4 on the season, but if any diehard fan is truly satisfied with the team’s performance today than I feel sorry for you.

Most teams would kill for the opportunity to be 7-4 and limit a division opponent to a mere three points, but today just did not feel like a very dominant performance.

The Colts, aside from newly signed kick returner Josh Cribbs, looked completely disinterested in the first half. Cribbs returned the opening kickoff 46 yards and set the Colts up with great field position. Welcome to Indy, Mr. Cribbs. Unfortunately, the Colts offense did not feel like playing on that first drive. They managed 9 yards on 4 plays before Luck was the victim of a sack-fumble.

Fortunately, the D responded when Vonte Davis intercepted Blake Bortles on their second play from scrimmage and returned the ball to the Jaguar 22-yard line and the Colts were once again set up in great field position. But once again, the offense looked completely out of sync and had to settle for a 46-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri.

Andrew Luck lost his second fumble of the opening quarter on their next possession which resulted in a Josh Scobee 28-yard field goal which tied up the game, 3-3.

The Colts managed a late second quarter 20-yard field goal from Vinatieri, which ended up being the game winner as the Jaguars were shutout in the second half.

Colts lead the 1-9 Jaguars 6-3 at halftime. Pathetic.

Not sure what was said behind closed doors in the locker room at halftime, but the Colts game out like a different team in the third quarter. The Colts forced the Jags to punt after a 3-and-out. The Colts then drove 38 yards on 9 plays which culminated with a 1-yard TD run by T-Rich.

The Colts offense looks like it has finally come to life. Colts lead 13-3.

After another 3-and-out for the Jaguars, Luck wasted no time and hit TY Hilton for a 73-yard TD pass in stride. Colts lead 20-3.

The Colts added a third Vinatieri FG early in the 4th quarter to end the scoring barrage, 23-3.

The Colts are fortunate they were playing a lifeless Jaguar club today or else the outcome could have been much different. Something must be done with the offensive line. I understand injuries are a part of the game, but these are paid professionals and in the first half, the O-Line couldn’t protect Luck if their lives depended on it. The lack of protection caused Luck to be under constant pressure which resulted in multiple fumbles. If they want to have a shot against teams like Denver, New England and Pittsburgh in the playoffs they must devise ways to protect Luck.

Game Balls:

TY Hilton – He has become my favorite current Colt – and possibly one of my favorite Colts of all-time. This man was up all night due to the birth of his first child, arrived for the game just before kickoff and managed to have one of the best games of his career (4 catches for 122 yards, 1 TD). His postgame interview was very touching and shows he is not just a great football player, but just a great human being. We need more TY Hiltons in this world.

Josh Cribbs – He electrified the fans with his first touch of the game when he returned the ball from 9 yards deep in the end zone and scampered 46 yards. Cribbs electrified the crowd later in the game when he returned a kick for a touchdown, but it was nullified by a penalty. Nevertheless, the speed, athleticism and talent is there. On days when the offense does not feel like playing he could be our lightning in a bottle to carry us to victories down the stretch.

Defense – Even though they were playing one of the worst teams in the league, the defense only gave up 3 points. In the NFL, that is still quite impressive. They were able to apply pressure to Bortles and forced him into poor decisions which resulted in turnovers. The defense only gave up 194 yards which is exactly what they needed after getting taken to the woodshed recently by the Steelers and Patriots.

Next up for the Colts will be the Washington Redskins next Sunday at 1pm at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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