Posts tagged Clyde Christensen
With a win against the Titans, the Colts managed to overcome unprecedented team injuries and their worst five game series since 2002 for a NFL record (tie) ninth consecutive playoff berth, and their seventh AFC South Championship in the last eight years. Peyton Manning was able to get through his toughest stretch of games since his rookie year and somehow Indy has managed to enter January with the three seed in the AFC.
It is extremely important for Colts fans to step back and think about the gravity of this accomplishment. Frankly, this team had no business overcoming all of the adversity it has faced in a sixteen game season. More >
Scott Bolander of Blue Sunday blog wrote a story detailing how Peyton Manning and the Colts offense operates. It is rather long and in-depth, and provides a thorough explanation and understanding. You will find a preview below and I strongly encourage that each of our visitors give the full story a read at Blue Sunday. The story is a rare masterpiece and Coltzilla would like to congratulate and support Scott’s work. Very well done Mr. Bolander.
As a fan, retired player, or a member of the media, whatever you think you know about how the Colts offense works is probably mostly incorrect. This excludes some players or coaches who have regularly played against the Colts.
Here is how it goes:
Clyde Christensen calls in “concepts / ideas” based on the personnel grouping as well as the gameplan developed in concert with Manning and Tom Moore during the practice week.
Generally the personnel grouping (either 2 WRs & 2 TEs, or 3 WRs & 1 TE) at the start of the drive will be chosen based on consensus between Manning, Moore, and Christensen. Sometimes different groupings will be sent in by Christensen during the course of a drive. Occasionally Manning disagrees with the choices made for subs and will wave incoming players back to the sidelines.
Most weeks, I would put together an in-depth game analysis so fans could mull over my observations, and better recognize where the Colts are flawed, which players are most to blame for the loss, and what changes could be made to resolve problems. This week is different.
Since the end of Sunday’s game until now I have witnessed widespread panic on the part of most “vocal” fans, and I am sure that some of that is to be expected as those who are not panicked have far less reason to plaster their opinions around the internet. When you are dealing with swarms of people who so quickly let their heads run away from them, the environment is not entirely inviting for those who wish to rationalize.
This story will not attempt to make light of a painful game, painful loss, or the current state of the Indianapolis Colts. It will also not attempt to change anyone’s opinions about this team, where it is headed, or defend management from its decisions that have helped lead the Colts to this point. The story will stand on its own as what I hope is a rationale perspective of the good and bad, and my perspective on what it all means.More >
Importance of NFL Organizational Stability to Winning
In 2004 the Washington Post wrote a story titled The Formula for Success discussing the New England Patriots’, Pittsburgh Steelers’, and Philadelphia Eagles’ success during the 2004 NFL season. The article generally considers the importance of organizational stability to winning in the NFL.
Manning Confident in Christensen
“Clyde for the past number of years has been an integral part of our offense. Basically, he’s been in charge of our third-down and red-zone packages, and we’re tops in the league in those packages. Tom [Moore] has allowed Clyde to have a lot of input and Clyde had a lot of responsibility when it came to the passing game. I certainly feel confident in him and what he’ll bring to the table.”
It will be interesting to see how the Colts offense will change under Christensen’s direction. On the one hand, it would seem that Christensen will likely bring a more dynamic package than Moore’s tried and true history, but it is also likely that Christensen would specialize in and focus more on the passing game. How will Christensen’s pass-first tendencies square with the Colts plan to improve the ground game?