As many of you know, I've been a big supporter of both Greg Manusky and Pep Hamilton all year so far. That said, I'm none too pleased with the playcalling and preparation for last night's contest against the Chargers, a team whom many (myself included) viewed as less superior than the Colts. The notion that "The Colts looked past San Diego because they have Denver coming up" is a view held by most, but I am looking through a different set of lenses. While most Indy fans saw a Colts team that came out "flat," I saw a team that in spite of the dropped balls, and missed tackles made few adjustments throughout the game, particularly on offense. We didn't take chances on crucial 4th downs, thus handcuffing our elite players who are here to well, "make plays." For this game I am not so much disappointed in Manusky as I am with Pep. The defense did not lose this game for us. Regardless of how many yards they surrendered on the ground, the defense only gave up one TD. They started out making the Chargers go 3 and out five times. They also ended the game with that stat line as well with only allowing a FG at the end of the game.
For all this talk about fielding a "no coast offense" I am not seeing the "mismatches" we were told this offense would create and take advantage of. The Chargers are not a team that scares anyone with their defense. To score only nine points against them is absolutely, unequivocally unacceptable. 9 points? Are you f*cking kidding me? On 4th and two with the game on the line where was the power running game? Why was the "bowling ball of butcher knives" put on the shelf? Is this not what he was brought here for? Why bring in a player like Richardson for situations like this if you're not going to use him for situations like this? Where are the cojones coaches? Is it just me, or did the Colts from a preparations standpoint look like they ran the same game plan for this game that they ran against the Niners and Seahawks? Why run a "power running attack" against a team that fields arguably the worst pass defense in the NFL? And why do we continue to have these molasses starts out of the gate? These back-breaking questions are what have me baffled and ultimately pissed this morning. The bottom line is this. If the Colts don't start faster, scheme better, and ultimately start beating the teams they're supposed to beat on a more consistent basis, this season will start going south faster than you can say: "Playoffs? Don't talk about playoffs. Playoffs? Are you kidding me? Playoffs?" Jesus Christ superstar, where's the Tylenol?