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This first game felt different in a good way from previous years with Luck


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I personally felt like this was the first time in many years where before the game started I knew that our Colts were going to actually play more as a team. I've felt so often in the past that our Colts were always having to to win with Luck taking the majority of the game(s) on his shoulders to win these things because we weren't getting enough help all around. Sadly the missed kicks ultimately is what doomed us but I still felt outside of that it was one of the most complete team effort I've seen in awhile and it was what I was expecting to be as an entire team effort instead of the typical mindset I always had of "Luck will save us".

 

I will say though so many times I was always worried about Luck putting us in a hole with his turnover problem (yea it wasn't always on him but it sure felt like he was turnover prone). I loved Luck he was awesome and a big help to the team.

 

That said I think we have a really well rounded team and one that should obviously naturally get better with more practice and game time. I think the Colts are in a great position without Luck and will be just fine. Ballard has done a great job overhauling this team so kudos to him.

 

Am I the only one who has these similar feelings ?

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3 minutes ago, Chloe6124 said:

The offense played great playoff football. The defense needs to tighten up. I still don’t like our safeties outside of hooker. We need to draft one high and hopefully they would be a stud.

Safety really isn’t our problem. We’re not getting beat over the top, we’re getting beat on screens and the short, middle field. In other words, our zone is too big. We need better coverage in the middle and that to me is more of a scheme thing than a personnel issue. 

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13 minutes ago, csmopar said:

Safety really isn’t our problem. We’re not getting beat over the top, we’re getting beat on screens and the short, middle field. In other words, our zone is too big. We need better coverage in the middle and that to me is more of a scheme thing than a personnel issue. 

 

We didn't get beat deep because the Chargers were gashing us all day over the middle.

 

I think Hooker played pretty well, and he serves as a deep threat deterrent, but his tackling was just average yesterday, and Geathers got burned down by the goal line (got caught looking in the backfield). 

 

Geathers' tackling was not good yesterday.  Willis got beat on ST for the punt block.

 

Finally, we actually played a lot more man-to-man yesterday, and I think the entire secondary looked a little lost. 

 

I agree that the S position isn't a fatal flaw, completely lacking any play-making ability, but it was 1 of my 2 biggest concerns about this team heading into the season and after watching yesterday, we need a major talent upgrade at the position outside of Hooker, and we could upgrade the talent behind him, too.

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For a lack of repetitions, I don’t think the Colts came out overly flat against the Chargers. It will take time for both the offense and defense to get into a better rhythm. Last year is a good example. However, the Colts had an easier schedule last season. The Titans game is huge this week. If they lose, I don’t see the Colts making the playoffs. It’s still going to be a fun season to watch regardless. Patience!

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This change from being the most zone heavy team to use much more man coverage won't happen by snapping fingers. It'll take some time to get used to it. Not to mention the rookies, who needs snaps anyway to get used to the NFL. All in all, against such a pass happy, and efficiently pass happy team as the Chargers are, I think the pass defense was OK. I was more dissappointed regarding the run defense. They found holes where there should have been no holes all day.

 

On the offensive side, the OL played well, our running game found it's rythm, that was nice to see in the second half. What I didn't like is that by now, many NFL teams successfully implemented this quick RB/WR checkdown plays, they use it efficiently. Not sure if it's lack of efficient blocking from the WR-s / TE-es or lack of vision from Hines (sometimes Mack, whoever gets the ball), or we just can't sell them so defenses can react to it in time. Whatever the reason is, we struggle to execute these plays well enough. Too many times the result is zero or negative yards, and even if we can gain some, it's only 4-5 instead of 6-10-12. These plays could help Brissett tremendously, if we could get them fixed & execute them better.

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2 hours ago, Peterk2011 said:

This change from being the most zone heavy team to use much more man coverage won't happen by snapping fingers. It'll take some time to get used to it. Not to mention the rookies, who needs snaps anyway to get used to the NFL. All in all, against such a pass happy, and efficiently pass happy team as the Chargers are, I think the pass defense was OK. I was more dissappointed regarding the run defense. They found holes where there should have been no holes all day.

 

On the offensive side, the OL played well, our running game found it's rythm, that was nice to see in the second half. What I didn't like is that by now, many NFL teams successfully implemented this quick RB/WR checkdown plays, they use it efficiently. Not sure if it's lack of efficient blocking from the WR-s / TE-es or lack of vision from Hines (sometimes Mack, whoever gets the ball), or we just can't sell them so defenses can react to it in time. Whatever the reason is, we struggle to execute these plays well enough. Too many times the result is zero or negative yards, and even if we can gain some, it's only 4-5 instead of 6-10-12. These plays could help Brissett tremendously, if we could get them fixed & execute them better.

Agreed and when they are ran against us, our D seems to give up huge chunks.

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2 hours ago, Peterk2011 said:

This change from being the most zone heavy team to use much more man coverage won't happen by snapping fingers. It'll take some time to get used to it. Not to mention the rookies, who needs snaps anyway to get used to the NFL. All in all, against such a pass happy, and efficiently pass happy team as the Chargers are, I think the pass defense was OK. I was more dissappointed regarding the run defense. They found holes where there should have been no holes all day.

 

On the offensive side, the OL played well, our running game found it's rythm, that was nice to see in the second half. What I didn't like is that by now, many NFL teams successfully implemented this quick RB/WR checkdown plays, they use it efficiently. Not sure if it's lack of efficient blocking from the WR-s / TE-es or lack of vision from Hines (sometimes Mack, whoever gets the ball), or we just can't sell them so defenses can react to it in time. Whatever the reason is, we struggle to execute these plays well enough. Too many times the result is zero or negative yards, and even if we can gain some, it's only 4-5 instead of 6-10-12. These plays could help Brissett tremendously, if we could get them fixed & execute them better.

Reich mentioned yesterday that the TE will be getting more involved.  I think we wanted to keep things as simple as possible to get Brissett back in starting mode. 

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4 hours ago, Peterk2011 said:

This change from being the most zone heavy team to use much more man coverage won't happen by snapping fingers. It'll take some time to get used to it. Not to mention the rookies, who needs snaps anyway to get used to the NFL. All in all, against such a pass happy, and efficiently pass happy team as the Chargers are, I think the pass defense was OK. I was more dissappointed regarding the run defense. They found holes where there should have been no holes all day.

 

On the offensive side, the OL played well, our running game found it's rythm, that was nice to see in the second half. What I didn't like is that by now, many NFL teams successfully implemented this quick RB/WR checkdown plays, they use it efficiently. Not sure if it's lack of efficient blocking from the WR-s / TE-es or lack of vision from Hines (sometimes Mack, whoever gets the ball), or we just can't sell them so defenses can react to it in time. Whatever the reason is, we struggle to execute these plays well enough. Too many times the result is zero or negative yards, and even if we can gain some, it's only 4-5 instead of 6-10-12. These plays could help Brissett tremendously, if we could get them fixed & execute them better.

 

the problem with that is mack has not been a good receiver.  dropped passes and tipped interceptions have been a problem, and its obvious what we are trying to do when hines is in the game

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13 hours ago, csmopar said:

Safety really isn’t our problem. We’re not getting beat over the top, we’re getting beat on screens and the short, middle field. In other words, our zone is too big. We need better coverage in the middle and that to me is more of a scheme thing than a personnel issue. 

We've said this for years. Each linebacker has to account for somebody the best teams don't kneel while running backs and receivers to cross the middle without being harassed

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