- 01/09/2011, 02:50PM ET
PatsFan21 said 01/09, 03:32 PM
While there were a number of very costly mistakes made by the Colts last night, the b]Special Teams[/b] is the most to blame.
Adam Vinatieri was solid no doubt, but after him, the Special Teams Unit was very suspect.
First of all, Pat McAfee did not have a good game. McAfee averages 43 yards a punt. Last night McAfee could only muster up 37 yards a kick. And these were not kicks that he had to kick short to avoid a touchback, he was kicking from around his 25 every time. He simply couldn't much leg into his kicks. And on the one kick he did try to pin the Jets deep for, he only got the ball to the 13. Taking into consideration where he was kicking from, thats not great.
The punt return cost the Colts too. With the Jets punting, Taj Smith ran into the punter costing the Colts a first down and precious time winding off the clock. Those precious seconds would have come in handy after Nick Folk's kick.
Finally, the kick off coverage was bad. The Jets averaged almost 35 yards a return! With the Colts kicking off with a little under a minute left, the KO coverage allowed a 47 yard return, setting up the Jets, only needing about 25 yards to get Folk in range.
Don_Jon said 01/10, 02:32 AM
Fair or not, the Quarterback gets most of the blame. They make the bigger paychecks, most of the players on special teams are back-ups/2nd stringers. The Jets avg. 35 yrds per a return. As one of the Leaders of the team, why would you place your fate on players who aren't regular starters on Offense or Defense?
The great Quarterbacks find ways to win. Nothing against Peyton Manning, but come on, you have to throw the ball to your number 1 WR more than once in the Big Game. Manning has control of the audibles and you have on your side a Pro Bowl WR in Reggie Wayne. Your going to ignore your number 1 weapon & not give your team a chance at a long shot down the field is not wise. It's the Playoffs, win or go home. There is no tomorrow, you have to test Revis Island more than once.
Manning choose not to give his team at least an opportunity to strength the field. He also knew that his special teams was suspect, he is one of the most diligent student of the game who does his homework - he should know what his special teams weaknesses are. 50 secs left in the game, why not take a chance at getting 1st downs & take shots at the endzone before settling for 3.
PatsFan21 said 01/10, 10:23 AM
You want to blame Peyton Manning?
Peyton Manning was the only reason that was a 1 point game. Without him, the Colts lose by 20 at closest.
Manning is the leader of his team and took an offense with Blair White, Jacob Tamme, and Dominic Rhodes to being within a last second field goal from winning the game.
Manning did not underperform. He was 18 of 26 for 225 yards. He threw the only passing TD of the game to one of his many receivers who missed time due to injury this season, Pierre Garcon. He was [/i]turnover free[/i] the entire game. His passer rating was 108, not bad at all.
Manning choose not to give his team at least an opportunity to strength the field"
Yeah I'm sure Peyton decided, "I just dont feel like stretching the field today". (I'm assuming you meant stretching. Correcting you before DJ does)
Reggie Wayne did disappear. But that's not Peyton's fault. Wayne was up against the best cover corner in football. Revis does this to tons of great receivers. Wayne simply wasn't open. Do you want Manning to force it into coverage and get intercepted. Lets trust that Manning can read the field better than both of us. He knows whats's going on.
Don_Jon said 01/10, 10:59 AM
Looks like everyone is becoming a quoter like "Djroxalot" now, monkey see monkey do.
Your correct, Manning is the leader of his team, and controls the audibles at the line. Reggie Wayne disappeared? No. Manning didn't give him a chance, if your Tom Brady and your number 1 WR is out there with Revis you will take a few shots at your money WR, not shrivel up and play dump passes all day long.
This was a Playoff game, do you not understand the concept of win-or-go-home? You have to take a risk at some point, why leave the risk to your Special Teams who most of them are not starters in the first place. There is a reason why most of the players on Special Teams are not regulars.
Brady, Brees and Rodgers wouldn't let another player like Revis dictate how a Pro QB should play his own game. Peyton didn't Man-Up for the team, a leader doesn't just shout out audibles and point at LBs or DLmen pretending to let them know that he knows what's coming. A Pro QB does his job and uses all the tools that he has offensively. Manning choose to settle for 3 points, knowing that a field goal may cost them. Take some shots at the endzone, you still had time to do so.
PatsFan21 said 01/10, 05:03 PM
There is no way there is Manning's fault.
Manning was the only reason this game was close. The defense was sub par. The special teams was terrible and the run game was not good. Manning was the only way they could move the ball. 200 yards is not a bad game. Its not the 300 yards everyone is used to from Manning but its still a good game.
You want Manning to force passes? He can't force the ball to receivers who aren't open. Revis is the best cover corner in football. He blanketed Wayne. Wayne was not open.. If faster receivers can't get open on Revis you expect Wayne, who's strength is by no means speed, to get open?
But Manning did take shots downfield. How about the 57 yard touchdown pass to Garcon? Is that not stretching the field? He threw a strike in between two defenders for the TD pass.
Manning came within one play of beating the Jets, one of the league's top defenses with Jacob Tamme and Blair White starting on his offense.
It doesn't matter if special teamers aren't starters. They are still out on the field to do their assigned job. Just because they're not starters doesn't mean they can take stupid penalties to cost the team a chance at a win.
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