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6 hours ago, oldunclemark said:

This wasnt pencilled in as a win when the season began...

....we're in a hole..but eventually we get some injured players back, right?

  Yeah. Ballard and Reich are building for the long term future. But I still haven’t given up on this year. 

  The Colts this year are an example of why Parcel’s “you are what your record says you are” doesn’t always hold true:

   If everyone of their four losses was a beat down, they’d still be 1-4 but not nearly as competitive, nor would there be any reason to have hope for this year. 

   I don’t think it’s totally a matter of “lack of talent”, but inexperience, penalties and sloppy play.

   It’s a long season and they have the potential to turn things around.

  

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6 hours ago, ColtStrong2013 said:

To not drop the ball as often...

 

To force Brady to throw deep early and often... and pressure him more which he hates. (Notice, when we did these things, the defense had success) 

 

To not get down 18 points at halftime to a New England team that isn't near as talented as in years past. 

 

I expected to lose, and i am glad they fought back and at least made it somewhat respectable... but we could have made this a game tonight, and we shot ourselves in the foot time after time. 

Umm the Colts D stopped the Pats twice this game.  Gronk and Hogan handed them easy turnovers and Edelman dropped a pass when he was wide open.  So you didn’t “force”Brady do anything.

 

That said, with all the D injuries even DURING the game there was no way the Colts D could do much stop the Patriots!  The Colts Ohad way way to many dropped passes. (Without then it’s probably a shoot out)

 

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9 hours ago, Cynjin said:

 

Then I would say that your expectations were not low.  

 

New England's team may not be as talented as they have been, but they are still much more talented than the Colts.  The Colts do make too many errors, dropped passes, fumbles, etc.  However, that is more than likely a by product of not having enough talent yet.  Also, only having 44 players dress and then losing 3 more during the game is not a recipe for success when your talent level is already below that of your opponent.  

My expectations for guys that make the money these guys (even our young inexperienced ones) are making is pretty straight forward. I've been around highschoolers that don't drop the ball at the rate these guys do. Chester Rogers with touchdown drops in consecutive weeks. Ebron finished strong but still drops easy dimes with no one around. Inexcusable, regardless of the "talent" level. Waiting patiently for Fountain to get his chance. 

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2 hours ago, JimJaime said:

Umm the Colts D stopped the Pats twice this game.  Gronk and Hogan handed them easy turnovers and Edelman dropped a pass when he was wide open.  So you didn’t “force”Brady do anything.

 

That said, with all the D injuries even DURING the game there was no way the Colts D could do much stop the Patriots!  The Colts Ohad way way to many dropped passes. (Without then it’s probably a shoot out)

 

 

And both times, there was good pressure that forced him to throw the ball away, and good coverage underneath so he couldn't dink and dunk us to death. We allowed Brady to come out early and not even have to think about throwing deep. 1.4 second average release on that opening drive. Impossible to play when you give him exactly what he wants.

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1 minute ago, ColtStrong2013 said:

My expectations for guys that make the money these guys (even our young inexperienced ones) are making is pretty straight forward. I've been around highschoolers that don't drop the ball at the rate these guys do. Chester Rogers with touchdown drops in consecutive weeks. Ebron finished strong but still drops easy dimes with no one around. Inexcusable, regardless of the "talent" level. Waiting patiently for Fountain to get his chance. 

 

I don't remember Rogers dropping a TD pass, just a long pass on the sideline, not sure if he would of scored on that.  I am interested in seeing what Fountain can do, but he seems like a project wr with a lot of potential.  He may not be ready until next year.

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4 minutes ago, Cynjin said:

 

I don't remember Rogers dropping a TD pass, just a long pass on the sideline, not sure if he would of scored on that.  I am interested in seeing what Fountain can do, but he seems like a project wr with a lot of potential.  He may not be ready until next year.

He dropped one directly in the endzone.

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20 minutes ago, krunk said:

He dropped one directly in the endzone.

 

I may have been in the bathroom for that one, but I also may have just not remembered it because there were way to many drops last night.

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29 minutes ago, ColtStrong2013 said:

 

And both times, there was good pressure that forced him to throw the ball away, and good coverage underneath so he couldn't dink and dunk us to death. We allowed Brady to come out early and not even have to think about throwing deep. 1.4 second average release on that opening drive. Impossible to play when you give him exactly what he wants.

You may be right. I took it as the Pats changing it up in the second half going for bigger plays since the Colts really were not pressuring Brady at all.  I could be totally wrong but that’s how I took it. (Especially after the 3 and out start the 3rd) 

 

as for the stops?  Who knows twice is not enough really get any sort of intel on.. and he only threw one of those away.. the other was to low to Gordon.  (Again the injuries hurt the colts on D.. the O drops were a bigger factor than anything the D did)

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