Well it’s a tough way to start the season, but, the good thing is, the season has started. There was some positive play out there.
The Special Teams play was petty good. They made their kicks and kept the best return specialist, in history of the NFL, in check all night. They did great, until they made some stupid penalties and they put the ball on the ground during a kick off.
The Offense Line seemed over matched most of the night. They need a little more work and time with Coach Mudd, and they should be fine. If they don’t get it together, then it’s going to be a rough ride until Saturday comes back from injury.
The receivers all had some costly drops last night, it was painful to watch, but, is correctable. More practice time with Manning under center should take care of that.
The Defense was out on the field a long time last night. Just like the rest of the team they played well at times and played poorly at times. Freddy led the linebackers with 10 tackles, Bracket had 7 tackles and Sessions had 6 tackles. It looked like Session may have had trouble shedding the TE’s block last night. I’m not convinced that Session has the size and power to handle playing the SAM. The last time the Colts played a WILL at the SAM was Gilbert Gardner. A lot of people believe that the reason the ‘05 run defense was so bad was because Sanders was out all year. At least half the problem was having Gilbert playing the SAM. He got benched a game or two before Sanders returned from injury, the Run D improved and it got even better when Sanders returned.
Session is a huge up grade over Gardner. He will improve and handle the job. I just think he is better suited for the WILL. I look forward to Haggler’s return.
Ed Johnson led the D-line in tackles with 7. Freeney and Mathis each got a sack and two tackles. Key and Brock also had two tackles each. Ed is a stud.
The D-backs were solid. Bob Sanders had a person assigned to block him all night, and still managed 9 tackles. Antoine had 8 tackles and Jackson had 6.
There is much to improve on, but, it should be a great year.