I rarely do this, but I want to kind of point out some of the mantras the Colts live by in words, but never seem live by it enough in practice for my liking. Some of this is Grigson and other parts of it are just the staff in general.
Mantra #1 "You Can Never Have Enough Pass Rushers"
This is the biggest area that I'm unsatisfied with Grigs is putting competent pass rushers on the team. He's always quotes the old adage about how "you can never have enough pass rushers". "If you have 3 then get 4. If you have 5 then get 6", but yet we never have any pass rushers!
Mantra#2 "Run The Ball. Stop The Run"
They've done an okay job with the D Line, but it seems fundamental to me if you're going to run a 3-4 defense you need some solid talent in your linebacking corps. Yet we are still waiting on that area to be addressed.
Mantra#3 "Protect 12"
I give him credit for addressing the offensive line, but my main complaint here is I don't think we do a good enough job with our schemes and adjusting to what's happening in game to reduce Lucks exposure to hits. Not enough emphasis on the run game like we should. Especially when we are clearly opening up holes. There were some nice sized holes we created against KC, but we seem to have this allergy to just lining up and pounding the rock for a few series to tire out the defense and control the clock. Instead we do it for 2 or 3 plays and then get back to launching the football down field, the protection breaks down and the result is a three and out. If you see the tackles are getting smoked in the 2 minute offense why not get more into the ground game, play action from under center. If you're going to stick with this 2 minute offense how about implementing more plays that invite pressure and roll with some consecutive draws, screens, and hitches? We've got 3 solid receivers so why not go with more max protections? We don't always need the tight ends out in the pattern. I'm not seeing enough done schematically and strategically to limit some of the issues.
Mantra #4 "We Want An Agressive Attacking Defense"
Then why are we playing so much soft zone and being selective about bringing pressure? Seemed to me almost every single time we brought some heat against KC it disrupted the pass and knocked off the timing.
Too much lip service going on to me.