7-3, not a bad start. The Colts have all but clinched the AFC South with 6 games remaining. Although the last 3 weeks have been less than impressive the team has managed to win 2 of 3 games. I come to this blog because I enjoy reading about my favorite team and seeing the opinions of other people who are passionate about the same things that I am. Recently there has been an increasingly negative tone around here and it's honestly not that enjoyable to read. I know, everyone thinks that I'm talking about Brad...but he's only one piece to the puzzle that is my frustration. Equal to the dislike I have for the negative views that Brad sometimes has for this Colts team, including the recent article "The Colts are 7-3, But Are Still Tremendously Flawed", I am also sick of everyone jumping his balls every time he posts something.
I can appreciate a different opinion from time to time but the overwhelming criticism of the prior GM and the current is beginning to seem redundant. On the flip side, certain contributors to this site automatically jump to critical reviews and a pissing competition ensues in the comment section which is equally purposeless and has become a waste of time not worth reading.
I think that most of this boils down to the current day issue of over-reaction and as it happens reporting. Brad needs to elicit reaction, good or bad, and I'm sure that he truly feels the way that he does to some extent. I would even have to say that I haven't cared much for this team the last few weeks as they've seemed a little disinterested. I've also felt that this team has come out unprepared and flat recently as Brad stated in another recent article. See, I can find common ground even if I don't agree to the same degree. The main problem with taking a solid stance as Brad has is that the team has also had times this year where they are playing with great intensity and passion. As a young team that hasn't played together before this year you will have some emotional let downs and flat games. This team is clearly at the point in its evolution where it plays to the level of its competition, good or bad.
The Seahawks have had similar performances, albeit nothing as horrific as the Rams game...but they almost lost to the Rams and Texans before getting the job done. I don't read their blogs, but I would bet a $100 bill that the level of negativity for their team is not there like it is for this Colts' team. I just find the hypercritical opinions of this team sad. I could not have expected the level of success we have enjoyed as fans the past 2 years.
This team has shown glimpses that it can make a run and if they get hot like they did earlier this year when they beat Seattle, Denver and San Fran (although it will be harder after losing Wayne, Thomas, Allen, Ballard, Bradshaw). If anyone should know that the regular season means NOTHING, it should be Colts fans. The only year the Colts won a SB in Indy is the year that they were embarrassed by the Jaguars at the end of the year and finished flat...Priest Holmes was going to bury the D in the first round, the offense didn't score a TD against Baltimore and yet they won...somehow. What I'm trying to say is that this team, sans the Rams game, seems to find a way to be competitive and pull together. Just because you steam roll through the regular season as the Colts have done so many times in the past it doesn't equate to playoff wins and SBs. I feel that this defense CAN shut people down IF they are playing together, I never felt that Polian defenses could do that. Pagano has a Dungy like feel to his demeanor and you can tell that he cares for the players. Togetherness should not be underrated in a team sport and that glue can make a difference when the playoffs roll around.
Let's all keep things in perspective and see what the playoffs hold. Another first round exit might warrant some changes, but I think that this team will pull it together before then and find a way to make some noise come January.
*I named this article in honor of the many dramatic articles written by Brad to see if I could get people to click on my link.