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Being a Colts fan, here’s my take on their most recent playoff loss:

All right, obviously, a disappointing result.

I’m just gonna come out and say, don’t sit back and blame the refs. I did that a couple years ago when they lost at home to the 8-8 Chargers. It doesn’t make you feel better, get the ‘blame ref syndrome’ out of your system because it happens to everyone.

Instead, look at the Colts. They had at least five third-and-one’s that they did not get. Definitely, a problem. Maybe the first couple to understand the defense, but it shouldn’t keep happening over and over. Then they had some great runs on third and long, but they decided to get greedy against on a third-and-five and that led to a field goal. It was against a different defense, so running it didn’t really make sense.

Then there’s the decision to run the clock out before the first half ends. Up 7-0, with Manning, the Jets are getting the ball to start the 2nd. Fellas. A FG is easily within reach yet you think you have a good enough lead? Poor.

Now, we’re on the last drive. We have plenty of time, why are we rushing to get a play off? I feel like all the fans know Peyton will drive down the field and get into scoring position. Why are you running a play before the 2 minute warning when it isn’t needed on 1st and 10? Why are you running a play on the Jets 40 while the clock is running with 30 seconds left on the play clock, at about the 1:50 mark? Run the clock some, you need to rush it. Those two plays would have pushed the time left to about 20-30 if the same events occurred.

Then I’m pretty sure Blair White didn’t run the right route on the last play before the FG. Save that for another time. I wouldn’t have been mad with a run right there, force the Jets to use a timeout, but obviously you can’t foresee them not getting it. I actually would have loved a route to Reggie right there. Thrown at only once. I know Revis is good, but Peyton didn’t really look at Reggie at all.

Then you have the Colts last timeout used with about 30 seconds left. Inexplanible. Giving the Jets more time, and basically doing nothing for the Colts. I wonder what Caldwell will say about that. I doubted a lot of the things he did last year in the Super Bowl and I’ll doubt that TO. Still, can’t blame the game on that.

Instead, we sit here with another loss. Manning 9-10 in the playoffs. I think 1-6 now in first round games. Nine straight playoff appearances, but only two SB appearances, and one win.

Obviously, disappointing. I feel the worst for Peyton because he’s getting older. Still, the Jets came out and dominated the second half. We barely got the ball. They pounded it and barely had to pass. And our corners couldn’t really do anything. If Sanchez was better than terrible this would have been a higher scoring game because we couldn’t stop them.

But one thing I have noticed all season is that the Colts are playing worse in the second half of games. On offense mainly. Three FGs? Yeah, they moved the ball, but TDs are important. It always seemed that Peyton had a tough time getting points in the second half of games often this season. Coaching maybe?

Enough of that though. We’re all disappointed and sad. Just another playoff game to get out of our system. Let’s look at the team we brought to the field.

Defense: Conner and Angerer, two rookie LBs doing work. They missed tackles here and there and made mistakes, but overall looked great. Hayden, Powers, Bullitt, Sanders and more, are all gone. We had to go in with Tryon and Lacey as two starting CBs. Plus, Francisco got hurt and we had to bring in Hamlin who has been on the team for about two weeks. Then Antonio Johnson was out on the DL. Honestly, those guys played a great game. Although, it wasn’t enough, we have a good future if we have some of these guys on the second team next season.

Offense: With Diem out, it hurt a bit since Linchenbach is not really a fan of many. Had some good runs and had mostly great pass protection. Tamme and White played well, but with Clark and Collie in there, I feel like there would be no game-winning FGs. A couple bad routes and bad blocking by Tamme changed a lot of things.

Those are my first thoughts. If anyone actually made it through this entire ramble, feel free to comment. Do you agree with me or not?

I’m seeing too many people writing about the refs. Come on, we’re better than that.

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Raheem’s Thoughts

So I’m checking out Raheem’s twitter.

“yeah we didnt blitz at all, havent sat back in cover 2 since we played the chargers. we probably shoulda blitzed a lil more”

“We had a GREAT season! However, in the Super Bowl it seemed like a game from the Dungy-era — very conservative.”

“really i dnt feel it’s the Saints that beat us, we r def a better team. We beat ourselves with small things and simple mistakes”

“i was told we recovered it, but u cant control wut happens under that pile – when asked if Baskett recovered onside kick

This is all from Tuesday, Raheem replied to a lot of people, a lot of good stuff in there. He replied to a ton of tweets from all the fans.

Here’s after the game:

Respect to the Saints! The out played us today…..But! Some things that happen in the game makes me question some things!
Don’t get me wrong,I’m not taking anything away from them! They won!They deserve it!
But when my teammate gets held in front of the ref,then he tells my coach “that’s only his first time holding”..I question some things!
When I get held nd I tell the ref I’m getting held and he says nothing to me nd acts like I’m not there…I question some things
Normally when I go to a ref and say hey he’s holdn me!I get an” ok..what’s his number”?!Today I got no eye contact!No response!
We had our chances nd didn’t get it done! Nd I think this is what america wanted!

Morning tweeps! Yes only 11 fans at the airport to greet us yesterday! What happen? I have no clue!

He was obviously upset after the game. Funny about the airport thing because it was released that Colts didn’t want anyone there or something. No one on the Colts knew anything about it.

Just some things to think about, RB is a quality guy though. Makes you wonder. All of a sudden all the play calling was different, and he didn’t know why. No one knew why. Different defense, more conservative. I don’t know…Something funny is going on here…

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All right, no updates since last November, but here we go. Been a little busy at RotoExperts. Writing soccer, player news, and soccer radio show. All that good stuff, and it’s back.

So the game. First off, the Saints, as Archie Manning said, “Were meant to win it”. With how things turned out, how can you say otherwise? I still think the Colts are the better team, no, I know they are.

Up 10-3, the Colts were in a perfect spot after getting a goalline stand. Backed up on their own five yard line, they decide to do something they haven’t done all year. Run the clock and run the ball in the last two minutes before the half. Just going off memory, there was over 1:30 left on the clock. We know the rest, punt and Saints get three points. Besides the Pierre Garcon drop on their previous possession, which could have turned into 13-3 or 17-3, the three straight runs (two by Mike Hart) killed the game. Everyone knows Peyton could have driven down the field and put points on the board. They haven’t been stopped all year in the last two minutes, and it’s when they’re at their best. It was the Ravens game, it was big in the Jets game. This time, they are comfortable with a 10-3 lead against the best offense in the league? No. Without the Garcon drop, throw in points on this drive and it could be 16-3 at the least, or 24-3 at most. Instead it’s a four point game, 10-6.

Coming out of halftime, onside kick. I’ll give that one to the Saints. The Colts did that earlier in the year and it won it for them. Anyways, that was the dagger after the Colts gave the ball on their last drive. Throw in a missed field goal, which has been the story of the NFL, ALL YEAR. Now it’s a seven point lead for New Orleans.

All right, that interception? It was their Bread N Butter play in big situations. Anyone who has watched the Colts, knew that was coming. A quick shot to Reggie on the inside. I don’t know, maybe Reggie was slowed up by his knee, but that was just a bad throw. I just watched it again. Porter was sitting there waiting for it before Peyton threw it. Reggie wouldn’t even have gotten it anyway. Does anyone not realize that? I don’t know, that play was never close to happening, which doesn’t make sense.

50+ yard field goal for Matt Stover? Just stop.

The Saints were meant to win and they did. No, they didn’t outplay the Colts. They just won.

First time I had dreams of the Colts losing. Guess they were right.

Hey, Colts will be the favorites next year. Did anyone see their run defense? Yeah, pretty good. They’ll have Gonzalez and Sanders back. What else is there to say? As long as they keep their core together, it’s going to be a great season next year. I think it will be similar to the 2007 season, where they dominated good teams in all assets of the game. Granted they lost to the Chargers in the playoffs, but it won’t happen again.

Chalk it up, Colts SB45.

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Colts 2008 Reflection

Bullshit, that is the way their season ended.
Yes, this is coming from a Colts fan. Yes, it is the truth.
Maybe when I was watching the Broncos/Chargers game in the bar I knew. Maybe at the start of overtime I knew. Maybe at the beginning of the season I knew. It’s still Bullshit.
-When the Chargers beat the Broncos, I was scared, I knew they would be the hardest team to beat out of all of the AFC.
-After the Chargers won the toss, you just knew. After those 3 first downs on 3 penalties happened. At LEAST one of them was wrong and unlucky, It wasn’t their game.
-At the beginning of the season I picked the Chargers to win the SuperBowl, over the Colts in AFC Championship…

I am saying it is bull shit because the Chargers should not have been in the playoffs. They were too lucky. Too lucky. They were 4-8, and needing help. Yes, they had an easy schedule. Yes, they got lucky against the Chiefs. Yes, the Bucs and Broncos both played like shit against them. Yes, the Broncos fell apart, losing to the Bills.
There were five teams with better records than the Chargers in the league that DID NOT make the playoffs.
There was one team with a better record than the Colts in the league.

The Chargers had a home game against the Colts.

Is that a good system?
You can’t tell me it’s a good system and give me a logical reasoning.
Straight up, It’s Bullshit

I give credit to the Chargers who turned their season around, and played a great game against the Colts. It was an even game. The difference was the punter (Scifres = 51 avg/punt, Smith = 31 avg/punt).
It’s not like Hunter Smith is a bad punter, he was just not as lucky as Scifres.
Can they win the SuperBowl on luck? It’s possible.
However, the Colts had a better chance than them to go all the way. Everyone knows it. Colts beat Steelers and Ravens already, and they can beat the Titans real team. The Chargers? I just don’t know…

Now the future.
Is this it? Will Dungy be gone? Will the core be mixed up?
Peyton Manning is getting older as are their other stars.
This had to be another SuperBowl year for them. It was their time, they deserved it. If Peyton Manning ends his career with one SuperBowl, it will not be good enough for him. The Colts are a great team, and deserve more than this. All we can hope for is that everyone stays on board for another year…Please.

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Here we go!
Let’s start with the Lions, yes. Love those guys. I was at the game Thursday, and I will at admit, before the game I thought the Lions were better team than that and had a pretty good chance of pulling an upset.
Ah, little did I know their defensive backs are actually worse than I thought they were. Please at least stay on your feet. One on one coverage they fell at least 3 teams…not good guys. But, the Packers did prove themselves, I give them that.
The Boys and the Horses took their games pretty handily. The Colts were looking rather rough if the first quarter. But, P. Manning would not allow that to open. Anthony Gonzo decides to show up and earn himself top yardage/catches. Very nice.

And back to week 11.
The Jags continue to impress.
Patriots please, no one likes you, and I hate to say it: You will not win the Superbowl, the SB is not going to let jerks like you to win. I’m sorry, I mean I definitely see the need to go for 4th downs when you are up by 30/40 points!! Of course, Tom Brady “I NEED RECORDS, I NEED TO OVERPOWER PEYTON’S RECORDS!” He is saying something like that. Finally, Maroney the baloney gets his first touchdown last week! So proud of him, I mean Brady is probably still pissed about it, oh well I guess.
Okay, sorry about that.
Like I said before, the Saints: not good.
Browns, you better believe it, even though they barely got by. Giving up 30 points to the Ravens might be considered a loss in itself.
Woooah, J E T S, that was something over the Steelheads, and it was also something not being able to score against the Boys, ehh.
Steelers better pick it up, we all need them to beat the Patriots.
After a few losses, the Bucs are alive again, be on the lookout.
Cardinals are looking to make a run. Good job bengals, your defense continues to impress.
Two straight for the Rams…yay…
Good job Seahawks, but lookout for the Cards!
After the Lions game, it looks like the Broncos have something to say, I know the Titans have not been playing well, but the AFC West is looking pretty tough with a bunch of mediocre teams.

Oh Reggie! Nice grab, nice grab.

Throw in some action for the reader there. Yay!

Now: Week 12.

A pretty gruesome week. I mean really, 24 point favorites for the Patriots…no comment.
Even though the 49ers are 10 point underdogs, they still beat the Cards in the first game of the year.
Giants should be able to handle the Vikings well, I mean they can’t pass, but we knew that 10 weeks ago, and so did everyone else. Time for Elisha to get back on track (or however you spell his name).
The Jaguars are just powerful, and the Bills and just embarrassed by last weeks loss at HOME.
It almost looks like Bears/Broncos is the best game. Sort of funny…
I like the Broncos, but each of these teams are unpredictable. Cutler>Grossman, so that is my decision.
Ohhh, I pick the Bengals wayyy too much. I say that every week.
I don’t know though, whenever Vinsanity throws for over 250 yards, they tend to lose (ex. last 2 weeks). He will reach 250 against the BUNGles. So that means the Bengals will win, even though they are not good at all.
Herm Edwards will take out the Raiders single-handedly.
Browns/Texans: expect points, but also expect Browns. Home field, and the Texans just don’t like cold weather.
Julius will handle Brees/Bush and the Panthers will win. The Saints are still favorites…
Edit: David Carr is starting, I will change my pick and sadly go with the Saints.

Good game: Bucs vs. Skins
I don’t think Campbell has enough to take on the Bucs defense, but the Skins defense may be too much for Jeff. However, the Bucs will sneak by, with the pirates.
Love the Cardinals. Hate the Chargers, but, the Ravens are worthless.
Eagles> Patriots, yea I said it. AJ Feeley is the quarterback? Who knows. Yea I’m just kidding, stupid Patriots.
Look out for the Eagles defense to return 2 INTs for TDs for Tom Brady (just adding to his record).
Steelers seriously, prove yourselves. The Dolphins and Beck/Williams, really good offense. If this is a close game…Good night Steelers.

How ’bout that? Patriots are going to lose, take my word for it!
Of course I am saying that because I hate them, but last game of the year against the Giants (if no one else can beat them). The G-Men will be fighting for a playoff spot (possibly), that means yes ELI>TOM ! Yes yes yes! He will redeem his brother!

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