Re: Colts Disgrace Themselves
posted at 10/25/2011 10:26 AM EDT
In the aftermath of the "Bourbon Street Bludgeoning", Colts' owner Jim Irsay has Tweeted Colts' fans that the problems with the team have been recognized, and that changes are forthcoming...but failed to detail what those problems are, or what changes would eventually be made:
"With the humiliation of an epic loss still fresh, Jim Irsay fired up his trusty Twitter account to console and encourage what likely is a shaken and most definitely angry Indianapolis Colts fan base.
The team owner described Sunday night's 62-7 loss at New Orleans as a "Titanic collapse.'' Hard to argue. It's tied for the fourth most lopsided defeat in the NFL since 1960.
". . . apologies 2 all ColtsNation..problems identified;solutions in progress but complex in nature/ better days will rise again,'': http://www.indystar.com/article/20111025/SPORTS03/110250337/What-change-would-you-make-first-
Apparently, Colts fans, and the rest of us not named UD6, already know what needs to be done. Here's some suggestions to Irsay from Indy fans:
1.) The Polians need to go, the coach will get fired anyway but Irsay needs to send father and son packing!
2.) Irsay and Polian must be delusional about the present decline in Colts fortunes. If neither can see that the problem lies with the coaching staff then just what Team are they watching on Sundays? Jimmy just tweets his moronic statements and Polian says that Caldwell's job is safe and he's doing a good job. Then the story details Polian's complaints about the wretched Defense yet offers no real solutions. Caldwell just mumbles about a "good effort" yet acknowledges they must get better which is like saying if the Titanic didn't hit the iceberg then everything would be OK! Now we are faced with the possibility of an 0-16 season and yet the butt covering and platitudes just keep coming. 62-7 should have been a wake up call but all we get is assurances that Caldwell's job is not in jeopardy and Polian is trying to fix the problem. Please ..don't pee on my head and tell me its raining!!
3.) It all starts at the top. The Polians have made several bad decisions over the past few years that have led to the decline of the Colts. First issue being their choices for the coaching staff, Caldwell did not have the credentials for the head coaching position...yet he was hired, and has not improved any aspect of the team. Coyer has come in and the defense has stood pat as a unit and looked exactly the same as when he first arrived, despite the idea that he would blitzes more. Christensen has replaced Tom Moore, and it appears he runs an extremely simple offense that is easy to defend. The special teams coach continues to be awful in the coverage units, how hard is it to teach that aspect of the game? Then there are the personal decisions, this past off-season was especially bad...If you want improvement look at the men who make all these decisions.
4.) Time for a "knee-jerk" reaction Mr. Irsay! I realize that it would be complicated to clean house mid season but it would give the new administration and coaching staff several extra months to prepare for a competitive season next year. This season is lost...If you wait until 2012 next season will be in the toilet as well...
5.) ...What bothers me is that Polian doesnt' seem to know "where to start" in terms of fixing the problem. REALLY? You don't have a clue? Here's a clue for ya Bill, GET A REAL RUN STOPPER TO CLOG UP THE MIDDLE OF THE DEFENSIVE LINE!! Quit relying on these undersized but supposedly quick DL guys and go for a 6' 8" 350LB guy (or larger) so he can stop the "up the gut runs"! This will help Freeney and Mathis on the outside, and force the opposing team to throw more. Also, GET TALLER, MORE QUALIFIED DEFENSIVE BACKS! Our DB's are pathetic, and they HAVE to play 5 - 10 yards off their opponents so they don't get burned. That style of play isn't helping. Get rid of the 5' 10" guys and go after 6' 1" or taller players in the draft. This will make a big difference...You've relied on Manning to carry this ENTIRE team for far too long, and now your arrogance and "3 blind mice" approach is exposed for the entire Colts Nation to see. Get rid of Caldwell...and start the rebuilding process NOW!!!
6.) Just want we need, more tweets from the eccentric, clueless owner. That'll fix everything, I'm sure.
7.) Unfortunately, as long as the Polians' are in control, the Colts will not get a Jeff Fisher, Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden, etc. as coach...Polian wants someone he can control and be able to tell who to play and how to play and who will be on his staff...as long as Polian and his son are part of the organization, nothing will change anytime soon, Even if Caldwell is let go, it will be the same type of coach because Polian runs the show.
8.) Nobody on this roster deserves a game check for this garbage. I was in the Superdome on Sunday night and they looked pathetic! Colts fans were made fun of to the point that people took pity on us and eventually asked other fans to lay off. I've never been more embarrassed to support any team in my life...My friends and I spent more than $1000 to follow this team to NOLA for this game. I understand that you can't win every game and that this year would be a lost year, but 62-7?!?!