Monday, September 12, 2011
Colts will Struggle all year, Jim Caldwell to get Fired?
Peyton Manning being hurt this year is somewhat of a learning experiment. With Manning out, the Colts can find out which players and coaches are real difference makers other than, arguably, the greatest quarterback, leader, ever. After week one's game, only the known stars from the team showed up.
After seeing an offense that was unstoppable in the Manning era get stopped constantly against an improved Texans team that was one of the worst in all NFL history last year, no positive signs of life revealed in the Colts organization after week one. Jim Caldwell told the media today that "it was all correctable," but NFL fans can only see the Colts losing week after week until hopefully, for the Colts' sake, Peyton Manning can make a miraculous comeback. For a team that has not won less than 10 games since 2001, the team is nearly destined to not even win half of their average win total last decade.
Will the Colts franchise do something that they have never done in the Manning era and break up the franchise that is known for one word, consistency?
Yesterday, the Colts did not play. Each player had a few goals in mind; go through the motions, do not get hurt and get as many stats they could. Once the Texans jumped out to a 10-0 lead, that is when the coach needs to re-energize the team to make sure they didn't embarrass themselves. The Colts got embarrassed. Losing the game 34-7, after the Texans called off the dogs at halftime while up 34-0.
If the Colts are unable to find any life this season, the head coach Jim Caldwell, and his staff, should be given the horseshoe boot. His hiring was never perceived as a "great hire" when he replaced the legendary coach Tony Dungy. Additionally, NFL fans realize that Peyton Manning is the head coach and offensive coordinator, along with QB, for the team. A head coach has one job to do, since the offensive and defensive coordinator control each play, get the team ready through all obstacles in the week to play a football game.
The Colts front office should also have blame put on them. For economic reasons, the Colts defense is completely depleted. Losing players like Bob Sanders, Kelvin Hayden (cut) and Clint Sessions, all Colts starters from last year to other teams through free agency. It showed how much each of those players meant to the team, when the Texans continuously made drives running and passing the ball all first half when the starters were actually playing. The Colts still have stars on that defense, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Gary Brackett (now "sore"), Antoine Bethea and Melvin Bullitt, who all made big plays early in the game, but if you have at least one new starter in the lineup teams will attack that specific newbie.
Now that the team who has been consistent all decade has finally met the other side of the league, they must do what 30 or so other teams have done this decade. Make changes. Peyton Manning getting healthy is not a change.
This is not what Jim Caldwell wants to hear, but, "the Colts are not correctable right now."
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