What can I say? This is the first time in recent memory that I’m not too upset about a bad loss.
Offensively, the Colts looked awful in the first half. Luck missed a lot of throws and some of his decisions were a bit off. The offensive line looked fairly decent for most of the game considering the fact that they gave up no sacks and just four QB hits. The receiving core didn’t help Luck very much and I’m willing to put most of the offensive woes in the first half on them.
I specifically remember a lot of readers dogging Luck in the game thread for holding onto the ball for too long on a three-step-drop slant pattern. If you re-watch the play, you’ll notice that no one was open and the pressure was closing in. That was the problem with the offense for most of the day. If the pressure wasn’t forcing Luck to throw prematurely, receivers just weren’t getting open.
As a result, Luck started to press. He took shots at throws that shouldn’t be made and he looked a bit rattled – nothing different from past weeks.
With no running threat, Luck had difficulty against one of the better defenses in the league. Understandable – no doubt – but as fans it was certainly frustrating to see our franchise QB struggle yet again. Going into half, there was a sour taste in my mouth. Not only had Jeff Triplett botched yet another call, but the Colts were offensively shut out in the first half – yet again.
But something happened when the Colts stepped back on the field for the 3rd quarter.
The defense completely collapsed – which was unfortunate – but the offense seemed to get out of its funk. Luck was displaying similar productivity as he’s shown with Reggie Wayne in the line up.
Da’Rick Rogers and LaVon Brazil.
The two of them supplied a spark to this offense that I haven’t seen since the Denver game. It was consistency. They were clicking. They each had two scores and a healthy amount of receiving yards.
Not bad for a practice squad player and a back up.
The player I wanted to focus on today is Da’Rick Rogers. I know we’ve only seen him play a significant role in one game, but after looking at his scouting report from 2009, I think we may have hit on something:
On the Hoof: Appears to be a thick, muscled-up cross between an outside linebacker and a slightly shorter Calvin Johnson.
Needs Improvement: Must improve route running. Has a tendency to round off his routes and allow defenders to make plays on the ball.
Most Impressive: Possesses excellent body control with strong hands that allow him to catch balls when covered. Rogers also has tremendous size and strength, which are used to break tackles in the open field.
Conclusion: Once he learns to run precise routes, Rogers could have a Julio Jones-type impact at the next level. He will be able to outmuscle and use his deceptive speed to beat most defensive backs.
Da'Rick Rogers reminds us of... Calvin Johnson
Size. Strength. Speed. Hands. And his biggest knock is route running which is something that can easily be taught. The most impressive thing about his scouting report is that the player that he most resembles is Calvin Johnson.
I’m not saying that he’ll be Calvin Johnson, but I think Grigson may have hit on another good player. Coaches are excited about this guy. Why? Because he has all the tools to be an elite receiver.
He’s not just another "home run hitter" like DHB or T.Y. Hilton. He’s a procession receiver that can get open and make catches under duress. He can become that safety blanket for Luck that Reggie was before his injury.
I’m not saying Rogers is that type of player right now, but I have no doubt that he can evolve into that type of player.
As of now, Da’Rick Rogers is the x-factor in this offense at receiving. If you don’t see it now, you’ll see it next week.
Bank on it.
Da’Rick Rogers is the reason why this loss doesn’t bother me. We’ve finally made progress. We found another player that can step up in a big way. We found what could be the future at wide receiver.
We found our ‘diamond in the rough’ for 2013.