I am predicting that the Colts will backslide next year
Pagano is supposed to be a defensive coach but his defense has been horrible. If you doubt this please compare what San Fran and Seattle asked their quarterback to do this post season. The 49ers only had to put up about 23 points to win their first two playoff games and the Seahawks also only had to put up about 23 points to win their two playoff games. Luck was forced to put up a huge amounts of points just to keep the Colts in the game. That fact is very telling. Also consider all the fourth quarter comebacks Luck was forced to make in his first two seasons. Without Luck, the Colts would of had a horrendous record. If Luck was on the Seahawks or the 49ers he would be going to the Super Bowl this year and definitely last year. He probably would of already of won a super bowl or would win it this year. The bottom line is that the Colts cant win a super bowl without a great defense. Pagano was a DC in Baltimore but Baltimore had Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and bunch of other incredible players that Pagano did not draft or get. Those players would make any defensive coordinator look good. Any DC could look great with those guys on their team. I think the Colts should hire someone in the Seattle or San Francisco organization as a general manager. In addition I would get a coach who is either a Carroll, Harbaugh, or Bellecheck disciple. I am more concerned with getting a better GM than coach. I think Pagano is a bad coach because his players come out flat and poorly prepared. However, I think Grigson's player selections will destroy the team. Currently the Colts only have three championship pieces. They are Luck, Wayne, and Mathis. They dont have tall shut down corners or good to great defensive lineman or linebackers or a great safety. Also they dont have any elite receivers except for Wayne. Hilton is good but not great. They need better tight ends, better offensive linemen, and a big tough back like Marchon Lynch or Frank Gore. Donald Brown is decent but he is not dominant. If I am wrong about this, I will admit my errors. However I was not wrong about the Patriots game. They did get blown out. I think its important to remember that the Colts are not is the same league as the 49ers, Patriots, and the Seahawks. Currently they are more like Cincinatti and Kansas city. I am not happy with the Colts being decent but not great. I want the Colts to win two super bowls with Luck. With Pagano and Grigson the Colts will not ever get to a Super Bowl. I am not even convinced they will win their bad division next year. Priority one needs to be defense. I dont think Pagano is a great defensive coach, I think he was just lucky to have great players in Baltimore. The Colts need to build a defense like the 49ers and Sea Hawks. Without that they will not win a super bowl any time soon.
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