Okay…I must admit. I was a big doubter. I told my wife that we would likely have some extra holiday cash as we won’t need to purchase any playoff tickets this year. Can you blame me? We have been decimated by injuries to key players. Vick Ballard, Dwayne Allen, Donald Thomas, heck, even Brandon McKinney. These were guys who were supposed to start and contribute. The Colts have used the motto, “next man up” in the past, but I really questioned if anyone would step up in what appeared to be a less than enthusiastic defense, and an offense that sometimes forgets how to play.
Erase all of the above. Today is a new day and we have new hope. It all started when the Colts made the trade for Trent Richardson this week. Suddenly, our running game was back. Then, as today’s game played out, we saw another example an offensive line (patched up as it was) that knows how to run block. Today, they also did a good job pass blocking. We also saw a glimpse of a defense that is talented and can perform. The secondary was brilliant. The defensive line (outside of 1 San Francisco drive) was near flawless.
I’ve been vocal about our coaching and no, one gave doesn’t forgive all in my mind. But I’m not afraid to admit the truth – today’s game plan was superb. The coaches did a great job with the X’s and O’s and obviously did a great job getting this team ready to play.
Ahmad Bradshaw ran the ball 19 times for 95 yards with a TD. Trent Richardson carried the ball 13 times for 37 yards and a TD (with less than a week to prepare). Heck, even Donald Brown had 3 carries for 25 yards. Overall, the Colts ran the ball 39 times (yes, 39 times!) for 179 yards. They threw the ball 27 times for 164 yards. That is the type of football that Coach Pagano has been preaching. If ever in doubt, the staff should go back to this game tape. Power rushing football that devastates a defense. A quarterback who can make big throws when necessary. If we carry this game plan out and it succeeds, Luck won’t have the numbers that Manning had, but he will have something even better…..more championships.