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3 takeaways from Colts 21-9 win over Redskins

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MessagePosté le: 06.12.2018, 03:43:54    Sujet du message: 3 takeaways from Colts 21-9 win over Redskins Répondre en citant

The Indianapolis Colts finally finished in the fourth quarter of a game en route to their first win of the season today. Last week the Colts gave one away that they should have won Womens Al Woods Jersey , and today they built a lead, played great defense and Luck was able to right a couple wrongs late in the game to seal a Colts victory. The Redskins were being given a real cushion with as 6-point home favorites in the gambling world, but they never really got anything going today and the Colts did enough topull out a win.Here are a few takeaways from the Colts 21-9 victory over the Redskins.Colts defense overwhelmed ‘Skins offense, especially earlyOne of the largest takeaways from this Colts defense thus far into the season is that they’re absolutely buying in to this new scheme and what it requires of them. Darius Leonard is going to be a tackling machine (15 solo tackles, a forced fumble and a sack), Margus Hunt has been much better — again — than anyone could have guessed, and Jabaal Sheard is beginning to find his groove as well.We also saw a big sack by Jihad Ward who was just brought up from the practice squad a couple days ago.We did see some mental penalties from the defensive line early in the game, but right now, it appears to be a mere side affect from being a much more aggressive unit. Pierre Desir had a really nice game as he nearly picked off a ball on the Skins’ first possession of the second half, and knocked away a sure touchdown catch in the back of the end zone a bit later. We saw flashes of it all day, from several individuals, but this defense is making up for any lack of overall top-end talent and inexperience with flat out playing harder than the other guy every play.Luck is too casual with the ball in high priority areas of the fieldAgain, Andrew Luck had a very nice game overall. And Luck did end a long, 13-play touchdown drive in the fourth quarter on a short pass to Hilton in the red zone. However, at one point (4:35 to go in third quarter) the Colts offense hadn’t put up more than 3 plays for four-straight drives — featuring three punts and an interception. More importantly, Luck hasn’t been all that careful with the ball this year when he’s backed up against his own goal line Womens Clayton Geathers Jersey , or in the opponent’s red zone.The Colts’ defense managed to hold the Skins’ offense to 6 points through the first three quarters of the game. Luck has to help them out by being more security-minded in these areas of the field. Luck threw a pick inside the Bengals’ 20-yard line last week, nearly caused a safety with a pass along the line of scrimmage to Nyheim Hines (may be on a bad play called as well), and threw a terrible interception when the Colts were backed up inside their own 30.We know Luck is a riskier quarterback, and we love him for that. But, honestly this isn’t calculus, he can’t be tossing out gifts like that just because the Colts have the lead. If the defense has a bad day, the Colts could get run out of the building with these sort of mistakes.Colts backfield is better as a RBBC groupThe Colts don’t have a go-to running back right now, even when Mack is in the lineup. The combination of Hines, Mack and Wilkins looks to be a nice combination that remains fluid throughout the game.Today, for example, Wilkins was by far the best on the ground per run (6.1 YPC), Hines ended up being the one of the group to get into the end zone on a short run and lined up more as a slot receiver throughout the day. Mack, on the other hand, was more of the overall guy to take the lead-back reps in the backfield, but wasn’t really given more of a workload than the other two.Together they put together what a feature back would on a pretty solid day; 102 rushing yards on 24 carries and a touchdown. I mean, this is the idea behind moneyball , right? It’s certainly not a dominant group by any stretch of the imagination, but they’re absolutely giving the Colts offense enough as a committee to get the job done.Cutting John Simon makes sense for the Colts. Hear me out! College football is where I first caught a glimpse of John Simon, and as far back as his days at Ohio State, the Colts have struggled to employ great linebackers. This we can all agree on. Colts fans watched Simon during his time with the Texans after initially being waived by the Ravens, and again there were games against the Colts in previous seasons where he made a big play and I couldn’t help but think “We need guys like that on our team.”Last spring, when the Colts signed the 6’1”, 250 lb. outside linebacker of the Big Ten variety, I thought for sure we’d found our defensive captain and had no doubt he’d make big plays for us. That he did and more. Last year, Simon was the constant presence at the position we’d missed, and going into his second season with the Colts, again I think we can all agree that Simon was a lock to make the roster and continue to contribute in a big way.When Chuck Pagano was fired and the coaching search began, there was a tone of “big changes are coming”, and sure enough, Frank Reich was hired and the defensive system was changed from a 3-4 (which suits John Simon as an OLB with range because he doesn’t have to commit to contact with a bigger offensive tackle to keep contain) to a 4-3 (in which he’d be forced inside and relegated to a situational pass rusher), and we found out that Simon was going to switch to defensive end. Nevermind that we saw Henry Anderson drop a bunch of weight to facilitate the scheme change and get traded to the Jets as a result. I’d argue the Simon cut is of similar flavor no matter how bitter it tastes right now.First of all, we can love a player and his skillset and understand he isn’t an every down player in this defensive scheme because he’s playing outside of his natural position (regardless if he’s having success or not) Womens Ryan Grant Jersey , he is undersized as a defensive end, and you can’t pay a guy $13+ million over 3 years to stand on the sidelines until you need him to play situational football. That’s crazy talk.The hardcore reality is that what Chris Ballard is doing exactly what he said he was going to do. This team is young and fast. Understand that Simon played four seasons of Big Ten football (at a very high level) before being drafted in 2013. That’s a decade of high level football at one of the most violent and important positions in the sport (linebackers are the quarterbacks of a defense). I saw Simon play well during this preseason, and like many of you, I wanted him to make the team. Until he was cut.The first thing I did when Simon was cut yesterday was go look up his contract. $4+ million due this year and he’s in a rotation with guys who are bigger than him and arguably capable of playing more downs a game than him. Simon played a ton of downs in the preseason and the Colts were shopping him. Okay, I’d prefer if we called it showcasing, but nonetheless. No one bit! This is because a great football player will play great football even if you play him out of position. You don’t pay a guy to do that, though. Let another team struggling for leadership and direction pay big dollars for that. Cleveland here we come?I’m not saying Simon’s career is over, but I will say that you won’t see him play defensive end for anybody based solely on his size. A lot of Colts fans are upset that guys like Margus Hunt made the roster but fail to understand that Margus is 6’8” and 277 lbs. He also is on the last of his 2-year contract and only makes about $2 million. Margus is bigger, is a natural fit at the same position, gets paid less and basically would be sharing snaps with Simon amidst a rotation.The silver lining is that the Colts saw former Towson star Ryan Delaire rise this preseason. Keep in mind that he’s 6’4” and 270lbs and an actual defensive end. A lot of fans pointed out that his production mirrored Simon. Yeah, and he’s younger, cheaper (less than a million due this year!) and a better fit at the position (and productive!).Keeping Simon is a bad decision every single day of the week.We’re allowed to be emotional creatures because we are just that. This is a situation, though, where if you squint, you can see why this happened. Right?All is not lost. It’s just different now.Please direct your ire at me in the comments. I can handle it.

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