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If the Colts have to play the Patriots again next year, they should just forfeit. I mean why even bother? Are they looking for their 5th straight beat down?

 

The coaches and players need a checkup from the neckup when playing Pats next year.  Their gameplan doesn't work.  4 times pretty much says so.  They need to prepare a different plan and have guys stick to it instead of trying too hard and losing their focus on their own job in front of them.

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Not having the number 1 seed, not having a D, not having a running game, was any WR's playing in the game? getting outcoached (Chuck is the new Caldwell) , not having a PR who can catch and Adam looked like Mike V. against the Steelers there.

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The Patriots are better than the Colts?

 

Which is funny, because we've done so much over the past three years to compete with them.

 

And it's not even close. 

 

Still waters run deep, as they say. It goes beyond them just being better than us. 

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Not having the number 1 seed, not having a D, not having a running game, was any WR's playing in the game? getting outcoached (Chuck is the new Caldwell) , not having a PR who can catch and Adam looked like Mike V. against the Steelers there.

51 harder into the wind? please

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Which is funny, because we've done so much over the past three years to compete with them.

 

And it's not even close. 

 

Still waters run deep, as they say. It goes beyond them just being better than us.

Not enough yet, apparently.

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Not enough yet, apparently.

 

Way too much in free agency money and draft picks spent to be this far away from even having a chance at this point. We've had a mountain of FA money in the past 2 years, Likely top 5 in the league. 

 

And we can't even get a whiff of beating New England.

 

When does there come a time for accountability?

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If the Colts have to play the Patriots again next year, they should just forfeit. I mean why even bother? Are they looking for their 5th straight beat down?

i'd take that, just take the L and save ourselves from the embarrassment and injuries

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What are the excuses for this one?

 

This should be rather entertaining...

 

10 points for the first spygate post.

 

 Andrew likes the longball. Andrew likes the high ball. And he was his old self throwing behind his guys.

He sucked with decent protection. He just hasn`t developed his short to mid-game to play against a good D. So many bad decisions against the Pats,  blaaaaaaaaaa!

 

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It's only been 3 years with Luck, but I'm afraid this is going to be just like the Manning Era. We have someone with the potential to become one of the greatest of all-time, but the rest of our team (no offense) just plain sucks. What happened to building a complete team? I am excited that this team made it this far in the first place because i thought they'd be one and done, but tonights game has showed that the Colts aren't close to being built to be capable to take it to the next step. Oh well. Maybe next year.

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Way too much in free agency money and draft picks spent to be this far away from even having a chance at this point. We've had a mountain of FA money in the past 2 years, Likely top 5 in the league. 

 

And we can't even get a whiff of beating New England.

 

When does there come a time for accountability?

I don't know about that, the cupboard was pretty bare 3 years ago. Some of the FA have been good, unfortunately the two main FA Oline acquisitions were injured this year. Walden and Davis have been good, RJF and Landry not so much.

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That's on Chuck Caldwell-Did he not get the weather report and realize the game was not in the comforts of Indy?

I agree. Not Adam's fault. Pags made a mistake. I'm sure he wanted points thanks to Cribbs' bone headed move. I think it was a mistake from the beginning to bring him in.

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I don't know about that, the cupboard was pretty bare 3 years ago. Some of the FA have been good, unfortunately the two main FA Oline acquisitions were injured this year. Walden and Davis have been good, RJF and Landry not so much.

 

I'm not saying we should be BEATING New England, but it gets less and less competitive each time we meet. 

 

We've taken another step each year, but we seem to be struggling more overall each year as well. I like Grigson, but I am starting to feel like we're making the same mistakes Polian did, especially with the report today that we want to pay Luck 25 million a year. 

 

We're relying too much on him and not putting the pieces around him the way that... surprise.... New England does Brady. Are we content to play second fiddle to New England in a new decade, or do we have to take a serious look at the way we do things and make some changes?

 

There's a lot to think about here. This isn't just another loss. This is a bad trend. 

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I'm not saying we should be BEATING New England, but it gets less and less competitive each time we meet. 

 

We've taken another step each year, but we seem to be struggling more overall each year as well. I like Grigson, but I am starting to feel like we're making the same mistakes Polian did, especially with the report today that we want to pay Luck 25 million a year. 

 

We're relying too much on him and not putting the pieces around him the way that... surprise.... New England does Brady. Are we content to play second fiddle to New England in a new decade, or do we have to take a serious look at the way we do things and make some changes?

 

There's a lot to think about here. This isn't just another loss. This is a bad trend.

They are relying too much on Luck. If they need to make changes then so be it, but they need to have someone better if they are going to do that. Change for the sake of change is just a bad idea. I trust/am hoping that Luck realizes that he needs a team around him and that if he gets everything he can then that will adversely affect who the Colts can put around him in a salary capped sport.

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The excuse for this one is our defense was offensive, Still making mediocre RB's look like Hall of Famers, and with the speed of our WR's we don't stretch the field, even when we're down 20+ points, Offensive and Defensive lines play soft, They're pretenders not contenders .....but they're the second to none in my eyes  :thmup:

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They are relying too much on Luck. If they need to make changes then so be it, but they need to have someone better if they are going to do that. Change for the sake of change is just a bad idea. I trust/am hoping that Luck realizes that he needs a team around him and that if he gets everything he can then that will adversely affect who the Colts can put around him in a salary capped sport.

 

Problem is, franchise QB deals have become bragging rights for the owners. They don't care how it impacts the team, they want to be able to say "I pay mine more than you". Look at the deals Flacco and Dalton got. Crazy deals.

 

Remember Peyton's last contract? He wanted to take less to help us win and Irsay just would not have a word of it, He was bound and determined to make him the highest paid QB ever. And he did, and it was just like "Damn the consequences".

 

I agree, change for change is a knee-jerk reaction and should be avoided. But I don't feel like we're closing the gap. I haven't all season. I feel like it's widening between us and the top teams. I think that our playoff advancement has masked that. Look at the blowouts we suffered this season. Used to, we NEVER got blown out. 

 

Over the past few years it has happened more and more. This year against Denver (We rallied furiously late, and saved it from being a blowout, but it definitely had the foundation laid to be a blowout) Pittsburgh, New England, Dallas.....

 

I really don't know where we go from here. It's obvious now that we didn't so much beat Denver last week as Denver just didn't show up. This loss tonight is, in my opinion, kind of a bad sign about where we are REALLY at on the totem pole in the AFC. We finish second in the AFC, but are we really?

 

I honestly cannot say yes. 

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They are relying too much on Luck. If they need to make changes then so be it, but they need to have someone better if they are going to do that. Change for the sake of change is just a bad idea. I trust/am hoping that Luck realizes that he needs a team around him and that if he gets everything he can then that will adversely affect who the Colts can put around him in a salary capped sport.

This is same old news when Peyton was QB and team had such issues.

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You know what the saddest part of all is?

I ain't even mad.

We lost to the pats last year in the divisional round, I blew my top. That was a fire, a sting I hadn't felt in a long time.

When we lost to them this season, I felt it again. All that fan rage, always being second best, always having that glass ceiling crushing our heads...

Tonight when I went back to playing Skyrim at 31-7, I wasn't even mad at all. Let down for sure. But mad? Nope.

The New England patriots are our daddies. They own us.

We beat them ONE time in the playoffs. And even then we had to come back from 18 down at half.

We can't beat New England. They have pounded us into submission over the years to the point that I'm cool with it. "Oh, New England is on the schedule? Go ahead and mark that as a loss, that ain't gonna happen."

I'll never even entertain the idea that we can beat the Patriots until the clock strikes 0:00 and we have a lead. In whatever strange post apocalyptic future land that happens to take place in.

It is what it is. We can't compete with New England. Same story, different decade. Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat.

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The Patriots are a better team. SIMPLE AS THAT

Coaching is everything in the NFL, and the Pats have arguably the best coaching staff. Plus this team is still young and less talented than the Pats. Luck can't do it all. Once we surround him with a better defense, and better running game, they will be a force.

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