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08 Oct 2013

ESPN: These Colts Aren't Flukes

Indianapolis has taken giant steps forward on both offense and pass defense through five games. With Pep Hamilton in charge, the Andrew Luck-led offense has seen a big boost in third-down efficiency and run-game success. Robert Mathis probably won't wind up with 30 sacks this season though, so the pass defense is still more questionable than our ratings make them out to be.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 08 Oct 2013

4 comments, Last at 09 Oct 2013, 3:57pm by Heracleitii

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by Bobman :: Tue, 10/08/2013 - 4:05pm

Apparently having Freeney on the other side and Manning running up huge leads early were just HOLDING MATHIS DOWN all these years!!! The monster is loose! 30 sacks or bust! (And other football truisms turned on their heads.)

Seriously, it seemed like Mathis running so deep into the Hawks' backfield on Sunday only gave Wilson the gaping holes he needed to pick up most of his 102 yards. I did not have positive things to say about Mathis most of the game. That eschewing containment and gunning for sacks may have been the design of the defensive approach, and if it was, it was wrong.

Then again, these are the same coaches who had Dammit Donald Brown in as the punter's personal protector when they got one blocked for a safety--pressure up the middle right by DDB. Don't the coaches watch YouTube?

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by turbohappy :: Tue, 10/08/2013 - 5:59pm

Hahahaha, agreed on all counts. When the punt block happened I rewound it saw 31 and figured that made sense ;o) It wasn't really all his fault, but that just seems like a terrible assignment for him given his glaring weakness in pass blocking.

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by Heracleitii (not verified) :: Wed, 10/09/2013 - 3:57pm
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by Topas :: Wed, 10/09/2013 - 10:03am

ROFL. 'Dammit Donal Brown' ... Oh the memories