By Colts Gab Columnist Jesse Wilson
If there’s one thing that the Colts do poorly (And sadly, there’s more than one. I’m looking at you special teams!), it’s maintaining a lead. I’ve had many conversations about this with my brother and we believe that the inherent problem lies in a coaching shift once the Colts go up by about two touchdowns.
In countless games, I’ve seen the Colts get a good lead going into the 2nd half or the 4th quarter, but then their entire offense completely changes. Our beloved “run-n-gun” offense with the league’s best quarterback (arguably best of all time) and a slew of the league’s best receivers and tight ends becomes this “safety first” bunch of pansies that just try to run the clock out. You know what, if the Colts are up by three touchdowns with four minutes in the game left, fine, this is a great tactic. But we see this all the time beginning as early the 3rd quarter where Indy get something like a 12-point lead and then goes into cruise control. That’s why I actually like seeing Indy play from behind in the 4th, because they take the gloves off and go for broke.
The worst example of this is Super Bowl XLIV where the Colts were actually winning until about 6 minutes left in the game. But starting when our boys went 3-and-out deep in their own territory at the end of the 2nd quarter, it felt like the Saints had all the momentum and were winning the whole time (Sidenote: I’m convinced that if we hadn’t gone 3-and-out there and had picked up even one 1st down, it would have changed the whole game and the Colts would have won their 2ndSuper Bowl that night.). For some reason, Jim Caldwell stops playing to win once he is winning.
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