The Indianapolis Colts continue to find a way to lose games in the second half. Their unfortunate trend continued today against the Tennessee Titans, in a game where they lead 13-6 at halftime, but ultimately lost 20-16.
Chuck Pagano’s team has made the same mistakes all season. Including today’s game, the Colts were either leading or tied at half time in 9 of 11 games. However, they only have 3 wins to show for it, and are sitting dead last in the AFC South with a 3-8 record.
Colts with halftime lead/tie 9th time in 11 games. Gotta remind everyone Indy led Titans 13-9 in Nashville last month. Also led 19-9 in 4th quarter.— Mike Chappell (@mchappell51) November 26, 2017
The team also is last place in 4th quarter scoring differential, and have been outscored 117-28 so far this season. These meltdowns have lead to frustrated fanbase, as it appears they put themselves in a position to win games, but ultimately find a way to lose.
Colts lineman Jon Hankins on the fourth-quarter losses: “Tired of it just like you guys are tired of it.”— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) November 26, 2017
It may be true when some point out that the team would likely not have these meltdowns if quarterback Andrew Luck was healthy and playing. Last season, the team scored 8.4 points, and let up 7.4 in the 4th quarter. However, Luck is not playing and someone needs to be held accountable.
The blame largely falls on Pagano, who was quoted after the game saying “ It's about doing your job. It's about finishing. It's about playing 60 minutes.”
Finishing obviously has not been a strong suit for the team this season. Playing 60 full minutes has been a rare sighting from Pagano lead times in his tenure with the Colts. Slow starts crippled the Colts in his early years with the organization, but it’s seemingly transitioned to second half shortcomings.
These shortcomings have lead to fans hoping for a change, as of now it appears they will have to wait until the end of the season for a decision to be made, and a change to take place.