After every Colts game, I’ll do a quick write-up titled “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. The post is intended to be a quick recap of the positives, negatives and insane things that happend during the game. This is somewhat of a “first blush” look – after I watch the game over a few times (yes – I am a sick man), I will likely have more thoughts. As for now, let’s look at “the good, the bad and the ugly” from last night’s game.
- T.Y. Hilton continues to show that 2012 was not a fluke. If you recall, we gave up our 5th round pick this year to move up a few spots in the 3rd round of last year’s draft to get Hilton. I have no problem with the thinking! He is very elusive in the open field and does a great job controlling the ball after he catches it. Look no further than the 18 yard touchdown reception last night. He kept his feet in bounds and controlled the ball to the ground.
- There was an Eric Walden sighting last night! Probably the most criticized of Grigson’s offseason moves, Walden ended the night with 6 tackles and 1 sack.
- Caesar Rayford is quickly playing his way on to the team. Last night, he only helped himself with 3 tackles and 2 sacks. At 6’7”, Rayford is an impressive physical specimen. Despite his “lanky” frame, he showed good agility in getting to the quarterback.
- The defensive line looked very good. How many times was Drake Nevis involved with a play? Nevis ended the night with 2 tackles and 2 sacks. Ricky Jean Francois was also all over the field. While the Colts did yield 4.0 yards per carry, if you take away the 21 yard run by David Wilson, the Colts held the Giants to just 3.2 yards per carry.
- You also have to give the linebackers credit. I already mentioned Walden, but Kelvin Sheppard was also in on several plays. I also thought Bjorn Werner had a nice game. He over-pursued the quarterback at times, but he at least started to get a nice pass rush going.
I could add much more to this – from Luck’s play (although in fairness, he should have had at least 1 pick) to the play of our secondary which looked really good. Well, okay, I will add more. We were able to hold Eli to just 5.4 yards per attempt on 8 of 17 passing. Greg Toller looked really good. He had a nice pick but also did well in overall coverage. Yes, there was the long pass interference penalty, but aside from that, our secondary looked good. Delano Howell continues to impress and I’m beginning to think he is a lock to make the team.
- The running game still looks……well……awful. Donald Brown looked to be the best of the group rushing 6 times for 21 yards. Overall, we carried the ball 33 times for 88 yards. I like our offensive line, but they either aren’t blocking well enough, or our backs can’t find the holes. I do like the fact that our mix was 33 rushes to 28 passes, but we have to do better with the run to setup the pass.
- While our special teams play (specifically kickoff and punt returns and coverage) was okay, I still worry about it. We had to call a timeout on one of our punts. We also gave up 36 yards on a kickoff return. Cassius Vaughn coughed up the ball on one kickoff return (although we recovered it). And Kerwynn Williams just seems to throw himself right at the heart of the coverage team. This is an area where we must improve.
- Chandler Harnish may be playing himself off the team. He had another sub-par performance with just 2.4 yards per attempt on 2 of 5 passing. He missed a great opportunity late in the game – overthrowing his intended receiver who was wide open down the left sideline. I like Harnish, but he may be expendable.
- I’ve been on Coby Fleener’s case since the beginning of last year. He looks like he walks on stilts that a defender will break in half at any given moment. He just looks too darn fragile to me. Last night, he dropped a pass that was in his hands and appeared to run an incorrect route as he embarrassingly was hit in the back with a Luck pass. I keep hearing people say that this will be Coby’s breakout year. I just don’t see it.
- Poor Pam Oliver. She gets crushed in the face with a football thrown by Chandler Harnish while taking a sideline interview. If you look at the tape, it almost appears that Harnish intentionally overthrows Dominique Jones just to hit Oliver in the face. I don’t think that’s the case for a number of reasons – first, his intended receiver is not Dominique Jones – it is someone else who you can see running close to Oliver before she is hit. Second, Chandler Harnish couldn’t hit water if he was falling out of a boat right now – there is no way he would hit Oliver’s face if that was his intended target!
Overall, you have to give the Colts a solid B+ or A- for their overall performance. It was much better than the previous week. Mr. Irsay, any thoughts?
That’s more like it..there r sum that shrug off losing,even at checkers;they’ll never wear the HORSESHOE or touch the Diamond’s of Champions
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) August 19, 2013
Okay Jim……….I guess?!?!?!