After the Colts 19 play, 67 yard possession that took over ten minutes, I was borderline ecstatic. Sure the Colts false-started and then took a sack, but whatever. The Colts sustained a long efficient drive and were, for the moment, tied with the Patriots!
I wasn't sure if I was more pleasantly surprised that Dan Orlovsky started 7-7 throwing or more pissed that the Colts front office/coaches stuck with Curtis Painter for eight weeks.
As promising as Orlovsky looked, and he looked great, I was angrier with the Curtis Painter decision because it is symptomatic of a larger issue: The Colts front office and coaching staff continually find ways to inhibit or interfere with the play on the field.
I say this with hesitation because I am not a conspiracy theorist, nor do I believe that anyone in the organization is intentionally throwing games. That being said, the season is littered with head-scratching front office decisions from why Kerry Collins was placed on IR, to what happened to Tryon to how Curtis Painter was allowed to start for eight weeks. Same for the coaching staff. Whether it be bone-headed timeouts, awful play calls or an inability to understand their personnel, it's hard not to believe that the coaches and front office are hindering the player's performance.
Today was no different.
I don't want to pile on the new guy given he had a short week to prepare against one of the NFL's most prolific offenses, but Mike Murphy's schemes were awful. The defense would probably have been better off on their own.