Archive for November, 2010
Breaking Down the Colts Defense v. the Chargers
As Colts fans continue to react to an extremely disappointing home loss that keeps Indianapolis in a tie with Jacksonville for first place in the AFC South, one common opinion is that the Colts defense played poorly against the Chargers. Granted, most fans agree that the offense failed to get anything going and may have been primarily responsible for letting the game get away, but they still argue that the defense did not do enough to stop the Chargers and showed another example of how bad the unit is in 2010.
While statistics are not my favorite form of displaying a perspective or making an argument, the statistical breakdown of how the defense fared against the number one offense in the NFL is so telling and difficult to argue with that I think it will do a better job than complex explanations of where individual players did things right. More >
Each week, Coltzilla brings you highlights from local sports coverage of the Colts with an emphasis on player interviews. Pre-game interviews go up throughout the week. Post-game interviews are posted shortly after the game. Hope you enjoy!
It’s Week 12 of the 2010 season, and the 6-4 Colts host the 5-5 San Diego Chargers.
UPDATED: Inside The Huddle – Tuesday morning
UPDATED: Colts Post-Game Coverage – Monday morning
UPDATED: Colts Pre-Game Show – Sunday evening
UPDATED: Countdown To Kickoff – Sunday afternoon
UPDATED: Bill Polian Show – Sunday morning
The Colts suffered their worst loss in the Peyton Manning era Sunday night to the San Diego Chargers. The Colts scored early, but the rest of the game was all San Diego. Manning was harassed all night resulting in four interceptions including two pick-sixes. In pre-game interviews, the Colts listed scoring early, winning on Special Teams, and containing the run as keys to beating the Chargers. How’d they do?
Inside The Huddle:
Scott Bolander at Blue Sunday blog had a great opportunity to interview former Colts tight end Ken Dilger on the differences between the Colts offense over Dilger’s career in Indianapolis, as well as some of the differences in Tampa Bay. The interview is very informational and insightful as to how the Colts offense has evolved, and explains why it operates so different today than it did with Jim Harbaugh at quarterback in the 90′s.
Scott consistently does great work and the interview is worth a listen. It is lengthy but well worth it.
For the second week in a row, the depleted Colts faced a long-time conference foe. For the second week in a row, injuries were an undercurrent of the game. And for the second week in a row, the Colts couldn’t get it done. Even with home field advantage – which has been strong this year – and even with the Chargers also having their share of injury troubles, the Colts lost. The key was that the Chargers ignored the Colts’ run game, instead focusing on the pass rush against the lighter and less experienced O-Line.
Welcome everyone to the first half open thread. To all the regulars, lets hope for a good game with a massive demonstration of Peyton brilliance, and for everyone just joining, welcome! Hopefully we won’t scare you all away. Now, onto the game!
The Following players have had a determination made concerning their availability for today’s game against the San Diego Chargers.
Joseph Addai: INACTIVE: Addai will be inactive after a number of weeks being out with nerve damage in his shoulder.
Gary Brackett: INACTIVE: Brackett will be out once again with Turf Toe, with Pat Angerer taking over at MLB.
Austin Collie: INACTIVE: Collie was ruled out earlier in the week after succumbing to concussion symptoms last week.
Brody Eldridge: INACTIVE: After not practicing all week, Eldridge will be inactive leaving Gijon Robinson as the primary blocking TE.
Mike Hart: ACTIVE: After missing practice on Friday, Hart will get some work, even if only on a limited basis.
Javarris James: ACTIVE: James will be active despite some concern earlier in the week.
Bob Sanders: INACTIVE: Sanders was ruled out early in the week, but has begun to return to meeting and practice and may return in the next couple weeks.
Clint Session: INACTIVE: Clint Session will be out once again with a dislocated elbow and fractured forearm. Conner and Hagler will fill in at WLB.
Jaimie Thomas: INACTIVE: Coaches Decision.
Justin Tryon: INACTIVE: Tryon will not return to the lineup this week after missing a few weeks with the first serious injury of his career.
Reggie Wayne: ACTIVE: Wayne will be active for this game, bolstering an increasingly thin receiving corps.
* Phillip Wheeler will be starting at SLB, with Angerer starting at MLB, and Conner starting. Hagler will rotate with Conner at WLB.
* Hart is likely to only be used sparingly, with Javarris James used in short yardage situations.
* On the enemies side of the ball, WR M. Floyd, and TE A. Gates will both be actives while SS S. Gregory and CB D. Stuckley, and WR P. Crayton will all be inactive.
The Colts play host to the San Diego Chargers in a prime time Sunday night game in Indianapolis. It is well known that Indy is on the top of its game in these situations — and it will need to be to knock off the Chargers who are elusively talented and competitive, even though they struggle to start almost every season.
The importance of the outcome in this game is not only a 12-win season streak and a potential playoff berth, it could determine seeding for division winners. As things are today, there is a strong likelihood that if the Colts win out the season they will win the AFC South and enter the playoffs with the three-seed. The Patriots or Jets are on pace to enter the playoffs with the one-seed, while the other will be the top rated wild card team. This would allow the Colts to not face the Jets or Patriots until the AFC Championship Game, while also reducing the likelihood that the Colts would have to travel to Foxborough or the New Meadowlands Stadium for a harsh winter game outdoors. To call this a big game would be an understatement, the Colts need this one. More >
Donald Brown is a lightning rod for criticism. His status as a first round selection and as a runner who brings a “home run” threat has placed heavy expectations on his shoulders. Though he showed plenty of flashes of brilliance during his rookie year, Brown has never had a breakout game or showed consistency of production.
There are two reasons for this. The first are the injuries that have plagued Brown his first two seasons and the second is the play of the offensive line. On almost every carry this season, Brown gets smothered at the line of scrimmage.
Critics believe that his negative and short runs are a result of him not running hard and a lack of lateral agility. Some believe Brown is so bad that Mike Hart has supplanted him on the depth chart and should be featured more. However, a closer look at the tape shows that although the players blocking for Brown and Hart may be the same, the blocks they receive are not. More >