It appears to me that in recent years the problems have remained the same. Football has and will continue to be about controlling the line of scrimmage – running the football and stopping the run. Our philosophy must change on Defense and to be honest Pollian’s stubborn strategy is his greatest downfall. Sure he is able to find diamonds in the rough every now and then which is great but the league is BIGGER, faster and stronger than it has ever been so sticking with SMALLER and fast guys isn’t going to get the job done.
We are one of the only teams in the league that on 3rd and 1 or anywhere near the goal line, we are in shotgun!!! This blows my mind…. smash mouth, no nonsense, tough guy football is how you win in this league. Sure we can put up sweet regular season records but we only have 1 Superbowl ring to show for it. The blueprint on how to beat the colts is out there and it’s rather simple – yet we refuse to adapt and make changes. Teams have figured out how to negate Freeney and Mathis (double tight ends, chipping & running screens and draws). I love them but they are too one dimensional.
To summarize, Polian wants to sugarcoat everything as if we don’t know enough about the game to recognize glaring mistakes/weaknesses….. it is beyond frustrating but I still believe in my Colts. We can all recognize that the window is still open but is closing.
In the draft we must address the OL and DL first; a power running back (not a tiny guy like Brown would be nice but we need help in the trenches). Safety is also a glaring need.
DEPTH IS KEY for next year — we have some solid pieces to build from and the experience that the rookies gained this year will be huge. Session must stay, Addai needs to be resigned. As we’ve seen injuries can cripple you, we need as many good soldiers as possible when preparing for war.
Lastly, I strongly disagree with Polian – we should be able to find a Stud at #22…. no excuses
Who should we draft? My priorities are below:
- Best Available regardless of position