As I am grateful the NFL Network is showing a replay of the Colts vs. Ravens earlier this year, a few things DISCOURAGED me greatly. As a die hard Colts fan who has been a fan of the Colts since the Eric Dickerson era and hasn't missed a game since 2003, I know how the Colts can be beat. The reason? The Colts going one and done more times than not in the past 8 years.
Here's how the Colts can be beat, if they don't beat themselves with turnovers on the offensive side of the ball.
1.) Tim Jennings gives a 10 yard cushion even though he's one of the fastest players on the field on both teams. So, teams will target jennnings in a 2nd and 8 for a first down. 3rd and 5. Its an automatic 8 yard gain. He cost us in SD last year and the year before. How can this be fixed: Read below.
2.) The Dump Off. Darren Sproles and Ray Rice are the same player. They can take a 5 yard dump off and take it to the house or for 30 yards. No matter what, we don't seem to cover the RB after 3-4 seconds after the snap. Its the easiest play of a pro QB to make. Check it down to the RB and see what happens. For some reason, we have trouble. Maybe its the over pursuit of the QB, maybe its worrying about stud receivers down field, but we don't seem to cover it.
Reasons for OPTIMISM:
1a.) Tim Jennings is fourth on the Depth Chart.
Jacob Lacy (Nickle)
2a.) The Emergence of Clint Sessions and a healthy Gary Bracket
We all remember last year when the overweight Buster Davis was the potential starter at MLB since Bracket was out. Freddy K. tried his best but the guy isn't the D captain and couldn't handle the responsibility. One of the few dump offs that worked in the Baltimore game earlier this year was a result of an over pursuit by Bracket and Sessions. I think they correct it.
A completely different D strategy.
Depth at corner.
Healthy Donald Brown (off topic but huge).