I had the strangest dream the other night. A little green monster took the field against the Colts on Monday Night Football. He was weary and worn, but when he stepped on the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium, something magical happened. He suddenly emerged youthful and powerful. Small but strong, he was difficult to spot and even harder to stop. He ran all over the Colts. And when it was over, before disappearing down the tunnel…he laughed an evil laugh and proclaimed, “I’ll be back!”
And then I woke up. On Tuesday morning. It wasn’t a dream. Darren Sproles strikes again.
Someone asked me last week what my biggest concern was going into the Eagles game. My response was not the up-tempo Chip Kelly offense, or the emerging star quarterback Nick Foles, or even LeSean (Shady/Bad Tipper) McCoy. It was the 60-year-old (no, not really) running back Darren Sproles. And now you know why. I don’t know what the Colts ever did to Darren Sproles, but he just loves to embarrass them. No matter what color he’s wearing.
Sproles was hardly the only problem the Colts had on Monday night. This one was puzzling. I can usually put my finger on the reason the Colts lose a game, but this week…not so much. Maybe it’s because many things contributed to the loss. Many mistakes, many missed opportunities, and yes, many bad calls by the officials. But when a team gets a bad call, they have to respond with a good play. And the Colts just didn’t do that enough.
The offense looked…off. Not offensive, but off. The defense made plays, except when they needed to most.
Yes, the Colts lost two games in a row for the first time this era. But, it’s early in the season. And last I checked, there’s a lot of football left to be played. They need to have a short memory. Because as much as 0-2 sucks, 0-3 sucks more.
The message to the Colts is simple: Control what you can. The refs can’t be stopped. Darren Sproles can. Or…can he?
It’s a new week. And the Colts have one job…just win, baby.