Alright. Everyone just needs to calm down.
It’s week two. I’m not any happier than you are. But remember, it’s week two.
Truth be told, I was nervous about this game to begin with. The Dolphins are a good team. And may win their division.
And I had a really bad feeling when the giant inflatable horse head collapsed during player introductions at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday. The horse head. Deflated. It did end up being an omen, and it is a good analogy for Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins.
But again, it’s week two.
We saw the good, the bad, and the ugly on Sunday. Let’s start with the good…
Ahmad Bradshaw. Running the ball. Good!
Coby Fleener. Catching the ball. Good! I knew he had this game in him and it was just a matter of time. Two touchdowns! I know, only one counted…but under the circumstances, I’m going to give him credit for the other one anyway. Way to go, kid. Keep it up.
Laron Landry. Hunting players down. Good! Especially when many of his teammates were playing catch and release. I know they’re the Dolphins, but still.
Now, the bad.
For the first time, I can actually say Andrew Luck made some bad decisions. In big moments. And they cost us. I think he was just trying to make something happen. I love the guy. I still wouldn’t trade him for anyone. But, we need to remember this is his sophomore year. Week two. Year two. Some games he’ll look like a Pro Bowler and some games he’ll look like a rookie. This week was more rookie than Pro Bowler.
We have Luck. Unless he’s laid out flat. Then he’s not so lucky. Or effective. Luck has to be on his lucky feet to win games. And he is still using those feet to run for his life way too often.
Donald Brown. I really, really like this guy. I have always pulled for him. But, damn it…it’s just not working. We need to have eleven players on the field. And Donald Brown constitutes a warm body. The Colts had to change their game plan when Vick Ballard went down. On Friday. But, you know what they say…next man up. The problem, is just that.
Coaching. I don’t claim to know what the Colts coaching staff is trying to do. Ever. And I would’t call myself an X’s and O’s writer. Far from it. But, I do understand the game. And I was 100% on my officiating calls this week. But with all the emphasis on the “power running game,” and all the money spent on Ahmad Bradshaw (who was running well), to throw on third and one during the first possession…and miss. Then miss the field goal. Well, let’s just say that’s not a great way to set your game plan. And I don’t have to be Tom Moore to tell you that.
On a side note, I did get a large cramp in my stomach when I saw Tom Moore and Bruce Arians hugging it out on the Cardinals sideline. That is the past. And they should stay there. I don’t want either of them back. It just hurt a little. Or a lot.
Now, it’s time to move on to the future. And week three.
Let’s just try to keep calm.