Colts – Saints: What Others Are Saying

“But what the Colts are experiencing is more than just a bad year. It’s an absolutely pathetic year.

And for Caldwell, taking responsibility could mean losing his job.”

     –  Pro Football Talk, previously calling the Colts’ performance “one of the most embarrassing displays of football you’ll ever see”

“A hallmark of teams led by great coaches is that when when their teams were beaten soundly or they hit a rough patch, they always responded. That hasn’t been the case in Indy and certainly didn’t happen tonight.  To play one bad half and enter the locker room down 7-34 is one thing. You can make reasonable excuses that the Colts played a poor half against a team that was on fire in a hostile environment. But to come out and lose the second half 28-0? To not score against the Saints second team? And to admit defeat by pulling Curtis Painter too*? SHAMEFUL

*(It’s not like Painter is an 14 year future Hall of Famer, he’s only played six games! He needs to keep developing)”

     –  Stampede Blue

 “There have been some bad days in Colts history.

Last night was the worst”

     –  The lead of Nate Dunlevy’s article at, titled “The Most Humiliating Night in Colts History” 

“As for Painter, well, the longer a backup plays, the more he reminds you why he’s a backup. He was miserable, and he had lots of company. Somebody’s got to explain why the Colts won’t give Anthony Gonzalez a shot — at least when he’s healthy — when Austin Collie continues to be invisible or worse. Dallas Clark? No targets, no catches. No kidding.”

     –  Bob Kravitz, in his weekly report card, the grades of which are listed below.     

Run Offense:                  A         (“the running game was terrific and completely meaningless”)

Run Defense:                 F

Pass Offense:                 F

Pass Defense:                F

Special Teams:            A-

Coaching:                        F

Intangibles:                   C         (Hunter Smith talks about how his replacement was a very good draft choice)

“By talking about Manning’s future and Manning doing what is best for him, Collinsworth painfully drilled it into our heads that the severity of the injury is far worse than we believed or were told. This might not just our beloved qb living with a bum shoulder. His day-to-day life could be impacted…. This is the first major analyst willing to go out on television and really give fans the full and potentially devastating news that Peyton needs to think about life post-football. Reality has hit home.”

     –  A Stampede Blue post saying Chris Collinsworth hinted that Manning’s injury is worse than we thought. 

“Whether it’s Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck next season, it seems like a fait accompli that somebody else will be coaching them. I like Caldwell, think he did a fine job the Super Bowl year and last year. But this team should not be 0-7 and heading to 0-9. He’s not alone in culpability — start first with Chris and Bill Polian — but New Orleans will be Caldwell’s Waterloo. Jim Irsay doesn’t like to be embarrassed, especially not on national TV.”

“There is some good news, though: The Colts’ schedule the rest of the season is tougher than the Dolphins. Indy isn’t giving up Andrew Luck without a fight.”

     –  Bob Kravitz, saying the Colts may be the worst team in the NFL


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