Once Again, Colts Disintegrate in 2nd Half – Fail Spectacularly

Posted: October 2, 2017 by cschrump in Uncategorized

by Chad Schrump

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Is it something Chuck Pagano said?

Is it something Chuck Pagano failed to say?

Full disclosure, I’ve never played professional football so I suppose I don’t understand what transpires in a NFL locker room. No, let’s be better than that.  I definitely don’t know what happens in a NFL locker room.  So, when a team arrives at halftime, playing well and winning 15-10 – then returns to the very same locker room, after an additional 30 minutes of play, and gets completely annihilated in every known aspect of the game 46-18 – what causes that? 

What is it?

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I’m asking because I truly don’t know. I damn well know that Colts’ head coach Chuck Pagano doesn’t know.  That’s for sure.  That’s about the only thing I do know.

Something, anything really, has to explain this franchise’s innate desire to curl up into a tiny, little ball and wait for the beating to begin… then end.  There is a lack of mental toughness in this football team that is rarely seen throughout the NFL.  This franchise, all too often, plays the role of a bully’s victim – but the Colts never, ever seem to finally get that nerve to punch the bully back.  They keep getting punched.  And kicked.  And punched some more.  The beat-down doesn’t stop until the bully wants it to stop… and not a minute before.

When the going gets really, really tough – this football team melts faster than a July ice cream cone.

It’s an absolute joke.

It’s also absolutely expected.

Where do we start when discussing last night’s 2nd half horror show?

Do we discuss the offensive line? This is the same line that Colts’ owner Jim Irsay proclaimed was “fixed.”  Fixed?  Really?  Now, I certainly understand that Colts starting center Ryan Kelly being out for the first couple of months of the season doesn’t help things but quite frankly, the pressure is coming off the edges.  I still don’t see tackle play, on either end of the line, that is anywhere close to being good enough to protect a quarterback trying to learn a new offense.  I especially don’t see tackle play good enough to protect a wounded, face of the franchise quarterback, coming back from significant shoulder surgery.  Do you?

Do we discuss the fast start and slow finish? Let’s be honest – we expected that 2nd half collapse, didn’t we?  I mean, maybe not to the extent that it became but it’s an all too familiar theme with this team and this coaching staff.  Something happens when they come out of the locker room after the half and it’s usually not good.

Sunday night, it was outrageous. The Colts had no 3rd quarter first downs.  None.  Seattle had the football 22 minutes in the 2nd half.  The Colts had it for 8.  It doesn’t get a whole lot worse than that.  How do you get outscored 36-3 in the 2nd half after holding your own and owning a halftime lead?

After the game, Pagano says the obvious. He literally says the same thing after every blowout, right?  Here, check this out:

“Obviously it was disappointing the way that we played in the first half. In the first half we did what we needed to do to start the game but you have to play 60 minutes. You can’t come out in the second half and do the things to hurt yourself that we did. We had turnovers, penalties, communication breakdowns and gave up big plays with protection issues. They just outplayed us big time in the second half. We did not do a good job of adjusting, it’s on me. We are a lot better than that.”

Didn’t we hear the same message after the L.A. Rams blowout in the opener? I think we did. Let’s read it:

 

“We were dominated in this football game, in all three phases. [We were] outcoached in this football game. It’s my responsibility and it falls on me. It all starts with me and I didn’t do a good enough job of getting this team ready to go for 60 minutes.”

Please don’t make me look up other blowouts because I’m sure they’ll say the same thing. Nothing changes.

If there was ever a doubt about Pagano’s future, that’s all but over. Kaput. It will be a miracle for him to survive this season. This team doesn’t fight for him and honestly, hasn’t for quite some time. Any football team that rolls over like this team does – couldn’t possibly care about the future of its head coach. How could it?

I’d also ask why Andrew Luck would want to rush back to this circus act? Sure, they’re only one game out of 1st place in the AFC South but doesn’t it feel like a million? Would Luck have made any difference in that second half? I doubt it. Why would this guy want to come back to that offensive line? I mean, really? Why would he? And before you say, “He’s getting paid $140M” – I’d answer that he’s getting that money whether he plays next week or not again until next year. Hurry back to play behind that sorry excuse of an offensive line? Please.  Did you see how many times Jacoby Brissett was hit Sunday?

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I’ve been a fan of this franchise since they moved here from Baltimore 30 years ago. I remember the press conference when I watched Indy mayor Bill Hudnut make the announcement – that our city was getting a NFL team. I’ll never forget my excitement. So, to have to write this kind of negative junk, week in and week out, absolutely sucks. I hate it.

But I can’t deny the truth. What we’re seeing is unacceptable. This isn’t Cleveland. This isn’t Jacksonville. This has been a damn good football town for the last 15-20 years. The product that Jim Irsay’s franchise is now putting on that field every Sunday is a travesty. I can’t see it any other way, as hard as I try. It’s a really, really poor product.

At some point, the Colts are going to have to face the bully and punch back or this is going to be one, long season in Indianapolis.

Hell, it already is.

 

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