Well that game didn't go the way many of us expected. I know Colts fans were expecting a blowout, and when that didn't happen many of them have already jumped off the bandwagon. Even worse, I am seeing a lot of comments by fans questioning the leadership of our coaching staff after squeaking by the Raiders. In defense of both the team and and new regime I'll say this: A) This is the 1st game of the season. B) The Raiders they just faced are not the "same old Raiders." Most people around the NFL fan base tend to project how well (Or bad) a team will do off of what they did last year. In a team like Oakland's case, they're judged by how bad they've been over the past decade or more. Although the Raiders have been perennial bottom feeders in the NFL for over a decade, there is a changing of the guard as far as the direction of that team. I'm not saying they all of sudden are now a playoff team, but the Raiders are definitely a better team on both sides of the ball.
New owner Mark Davis, and new GM Reggie McKenzie have quietly been filling in the right pieces to a team they gutted two seasons ago. With 9 new starters on defense, and a QB no one knew how he'd do this past Sunday spelled a recipe for possible upset against the Colts. Pryor is a mobile QB like Kaepernick, Wilson, and RG3. You have to prepare for them differently than you do a pure pocket passer. The jury is still out on Pryor, but he still played a good game save for the two costly INTs. Albeit he doesn't have a lot of help at WR or TE, Pryor played a more than decent game with what he had. Luck also played very well in spite of shaky O-line play. That said, it's not time to hit the panic button since Colts fans didn't get the blow out they were so desperately looking for. The Colts offense right now is a corvette with a slow leaking tire. By game 5 it will be a Lamborghini with a fresh candy apple red paint job. The defense is a pass rush away from being dominant. All the fans making negative comments about Greg Toler all need to realize with out a consistent pass rush NO CB can stick with a WR forever. That's what kind of time Pryor had in the pocket to throw: "Forever." In a day and age where we are seeing more "read option/mobile QBs" taking the field, it's time to start preparing for those kind of teams as well. The Colts will be facing 2 more from their NFC West tour.
The Niners game is around the corner, and the difference between Kaepernick and Pryor are immense. Kaepernick has more than proven he can beat you from inside the pocket as well as outside of it, as he comes fresh off of a 27/39, 412 yard/3 TD performance vs a formidable Packers team. The Niners didn't even have to use the read option as much as they normally do and switched gears to a more wide open aerial attack in that game. So much for the "Colin's a run first QB" theory. I actually would like to see Luck run more just to give something else for opposing defenses to worry about. Luck is a smart kid and knows how to avoid hits most of the time. That said, him tucking and running the ball more as plays break down would make him as well as the Colts offense even more dangerous.
This is just week one boys. The Colts will get better. I estimate they will start gelling as a cohesive unit on both sides of the ball by game 6 or 7. If they don't, then you can start to question the coaching staff of this team.