- 10/05/2010, 11:00AM ET
Save_Me_Jebus: Hello Mr. Luck said 10/05, 11:00 AM
News just broke out that the Colts SS Melvin Bullitt will miss the remainder of the season with a broken bone in his shoulder. Bob Sanders is expected(hoping) to return to the Colts in December but he will get hurt next time someone takes a deep breath near him..
The Colts signed SS DaJuan Morgan, who they picked up hanging outside Lucas Oil Stadium looking for scraps of food and he will start in Bullitt's place.
The defense is giving up a ton of yards (367 per game) and points (23 per game). The run defense is ranked 29th in the league giving up over 149 yards on the ground and are being torched for 5.0 yards per carry against.
Which sucks cause they play in the same division as Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew and whoever this Arian Foster kid is(why did I trade him??).
The Colts passing D is slightly better ranked 15th in the NFL.
Injuries to this defense, that's having problems stopping anyone outside of the New York Giants., and as proven Sunday terrible coaching, will bring down this team.
Manning can only do so much unless he can play defense..Which he can't, can he?
This team has me worried...
Is it time to panic in Indy?
Rudedog: Believe The Hype said 10/05, 11:59 AM
The Colts defense has always been a "bend, don't break" type of defense. They relied on Freeney and Mathis getting to the QB and forcing bad throws.
Herein lies you're first problem. Over the last two games, these two have been invisible, combining for a total of 1 sack.
So QBs have time to sit back and pick apart the Colts heavily depleted secondary. And now, with the loss of Bullit, the Colts now have both starting safeties gone and an already subpar secondary.
The Colts defense isn't what it was. It used to be able to make plays when they needed them. Now? Now it looks like Manning is going to have to outscore everyone
Offensively, they have lots of injuries too. Anthony Gonzalez has been injured for the better part of 2 years and Pierre Garcon hasn't played the last 2 games.
So you're asking Manning to outscore opponents without two of his top 4 receivers.
And lastly, the division is tougher than what it's been in the past. Right now, the Colts are listed last, 2 games behind the Texans and a game behind Jacksonville.
Add all that together and not even Manning can overcome this huge hole the Colts are in
Save_Me_Jebus: Hello Mr. Luck said 10/05, 12:23 PM
"with the loss of Bullit, the Colts now have both starting safeties gone"
Not exactly, Antoine Bethea is still on the active roster and will be counted on more than before. I know Bethea is up to the challenge.
There are reasons not to panic... I said not to panic!!!!
The defense will come around. The combo of Mathis/Freeney is too good to be held down for long periods of time. Gary Brackett is excellent for what he brings to this defense. The Colts have always had a good pass defense and as the season wears on it will show.
Offensively, the Colts are strong. Manning will lead this team to victories. Wayne/Clark/Collie/Garcon/Addai will be too much for defenses to prepare for. If not for 2 redzone turnovers(what was that Brody Eldridge) the Colts would have beaten the Jags.
Special Teams have improved this year as they are only allowing 23.1 yards per kick return. McAfee is a heck of a kicker.
The losses to Jax and Houston hurt but they play them once more both of those teams at home.
Caldwell does look lost most of the time, but don't worry he is fine as long as they limit or take away his timeout calling abilities.
Rudedog: Believe The Hype said 10/06, 02:17 AM
Mathis/Freeney is too good
I'm not doubting that. In fact, I agree.
But you can't shape you're offense on two people, especially DEs, and expect to win. Who in the secondary can make plays for them? Bethea is a solid safety, but he is no ballhawk like Reed or Polamalu. They don't have any superstar corners.
Are you banking on sacks every play?
The defense was always borderline good or not. It was a hit and miss type of thing. They couldn't afford to lose as many key players as they did.
They gave up 34 points and a ton of rush yards when healthy against the Texans. They were going to have issues this year completely healthy
Losing Sanders and Bullit was the nail in the coffin
Manning is good, but he can't work miracles and that's what the Colts need right now
It's late and I wouldn't be surprised if I said something completely messed up in this argument
Save_Me_Jebus: Hello Mr. Luck said 10/06, 07:28 AM
But you can't shape you're offense on two people, especially DEs
Look, losing Sanders was inevitable, it's an annual tradition... Kinda like Christmas. However, the Colts defense has always been able to respond to the adversity they face..
The Colts passing defense has been in the top 10-15 for the last 7+ seasons and that won't change.
The run D will be better, Larry Coyer is a very good D-Co-ordinator and there are signs of life coming from that run D. Yes, they have giving up 598 rushing yards so far but 260 of those were surrendered to the Texans.
My grade 3 math skills tell me that they have given up 338 rushing yards in the last 3 games. Which is a much more respectabble 112.6 per game.
The Colts have always had a middle-of-the-pack defense and a top 3 offense. It's always worked in the past and it will work again this year. They have proven in the past that they can win by outscoring teams.
Colts have way too much talent on offense and just enough talent(Freeney, Mathis, Bethea, Hayden, Brackett) to get it down on defense.
Yes, they are 2-2 but with 12 games left, I see them finishing 10-6.
Caldwell has faith...
Rudedog: Believe The Hype said 10/07, 03:11 AM
and that won't change.
Whaa, whaa, whaaaat?
Losing two key defensive players won't make you're defense change?
in the last 3 games
Against a pedestrian Giants offense and run game
Against a Broncos team minus their top 2 RBs
Against MJD, they gave up 121 total yards and 2 TDs
So that isn't impressive, IMO
Manning has worked similar miracles in the past, but asking him to repeat the things he's done before is asking too much.
Every team has their year when injuries play a big part
Right now, the Colts are down 2 safeties and 2 WRs. It hurts an already mid of the pack defense and hurts a offense that relies on every WR equally.
You can only ask Manning to do so much. Asking him to put up 40 points a game to outscore what the defense will give up is too much. Not with a team that doesn't have Harrison and superb run game with it.
Sorry Jebus. The Colts are finally about to experience a reality check of a season for the first time in too long
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