Watching the Jacksonville Jaguars running game run through the Colts run defense yesterday reminded me of a bad high school football game. You know the game I’m talking about, the one where the one really good kid just runs, and runs, and runs, and the bad high school team can’t stop him. That’s what it looked like yesterday in the sun in Florida. What it really did though was once again prove to the NFL that the Colts are not going to be playing in Miami come February. No matter how many points the offense scores.
The Colts are a shadow on defense of what they were a season ago. Last year the D started out like gang-busters, holding teams down and eventually pounding them into submission. Sure late in the season they wore down a little bit, but even if you look at the playoff loss to the Steelers, it’s not like Willie Parker and Jerome Bettis ran all over the Colts. What killed the Colts in Janaury 2006 is not what is going to kill them in January 2007.
What Fred Taylor and Maurice Drew-Jones did on Sunday was prove that even with a week to try and get things right, the Colts couldn’t do it. Clearly last week vs the Titans things were bad with the run defense, but few thought that yesterday vs the Jags things could actually get worse. But worse they did. 375 yards for the Jags on the ground, and 44 points to a team that some weeks cannot find the endzone with a map.
Colts LB Cato June said it best following the outing on Sunday – “it’s too late to buy a defense.” What has to be done though for Indy to salvage a title chase is for head coach Tony Dungy, a DEFENSIVE COACH, to take defensive coordinator Ron Meeks, excuse him for the next few weeks of even entering the building in Indy, and coach the D himself.
Sure it is by in large up to the Colts defensive players to get the job done when it comes to on the field play, but right now something, anything, has to be done by the coaching staff as well as the players. It’s time for Dungy to earn his money. Last year was last year and the Colts can’t go back. They still have time to right the ship, but trust me, it looks as if it’s sinking real fast.