11The game before that? 52 passes to only
17rushing attempts. Ladies and gentlemen you can't win very many playoff games or SBs with an unbalanced attack like that. As bad as the o-line has been, the Colts could still be a little more creative by incorporating the backs into the passing game a little more. The 1st INT that Peyton through could have been a huge gainer for us if he had thrown to Donald Brown instead of Reggie Wayne. Watch the replay: http://espn.go.com/nfl/ That play could have easily gone for a touchdown. But nevertheless Peyton shouldn't have to be in these types of situations anyway. Colts fans expect Manning to be "God" every week. The painful reality is if he continues to be put in situations like this we will all continue to see the early exits from the playoffs that we've scene from year to year. You can win in the regular season with passing, but you win championships by being balanced. I am a fan of just as much as the next person, but I don't want to see this season hinge on the talent of one player anymore. When you have balance, you can win games with mediocre play from the QB position (See Mark Sanchez for the Jets). The only reason the Jets are 9-2 is because of their outstanding defense and strong running game. One of the reasons the Colts o-line looks so bad is something that has less to do with talent than it does with "scheme." They just are not creative. The blame goes to the coaching staff. I watched the game with the Eagles and even though Andy Reid is dubbed as a "west coast" offense kind of guy, he is creative with the running game when he has to be. We are not exotic at all on offense in that department. The moves we've made in the off-season have been head-scratchers to say the least. Ryan Deim was cut (for God knows why) and now plays for a Chiefs team that is one of the tops in the league in rushing. The men they replaced him with are no longer on the team as well. So you see, talent is not as much to blame as it is scheme in regard to the rushing woes of the Colts. We not only need better run blockers, we need a better run scheme. I am not getting my hopes up this year for the Colts and look for them to have an early exit from the post season this year. We are not built to win a championship this year and have too many key injuries. When you look at teams like the Ravens, Steelers, and Pats it's not hard to see who's playing championship ball. Although anything can happen in the playoffs, I can't help but be reminded of the Jim Mora melt-down on ESPN: "Playoffs! Playoffs? Don't talk about the playoffs! Are you kiddin me? Playoffs?? I just hope we can win a damn game!" The way this season is shaping out, I'm right there with you Jim.