Posted: 10:28 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013
By Derrick Hawkins
Please welcome back the return of The Devil's Take!
It's the start of a new year of professional football in the Circle City! 30 years of the Colts in Indianapolis, it's hard to believe it. I can remember as a very young kid my first game here in Indy and I've been hooked on football ever since. This weekend's game saw the Colts win their first season opener since 2009, despite playing less than up to par.
Before I get too involved in the Colts, I just want to say HOLY CRAP to that game Peyton Manning had out in Denver!
7 touchdowns, 462 yards passing, and he still could of thrown for at least 2 more. The man is simply the greatest QB to ever play the game. We were so very lucky to not only be a witness to this man play in a Colts uniform, but it still hurts to see him in any uniform not a Colts.
So, about them Colts......
So, as you can see, on any given Sunday, you still have to show up and play the game. The Colts were outgained by almost 100 yards and held the ball almost 6 minutes less than the Raiders. Normally, I wouldn't say losing the time of possession game matters if you score TDs and they score FGs. Miami Dolphins game a few years ago anyone?
However, the Raiders started what amounted to a rookie QB and his athletic ability to run absolutely torched this defense. The schemes and play calling of whomever (Manusky/Pagano) was calling the defense, was simply bad. I spent several years playing defense as a football player, but that doesn't make me an expert. However, seeing the calls again and again, knowing what's coming, and the team not adjusting? That makes me able to say it's bad play calling.
The Colts have Wilson, Kaepernick, Alex Smith, and Dalton on the schedule, all of whom will be watching this game tape. They'll be salivating in anticipation of playing our defense. Not to mention we have Peyton "I just threw 7 TDs in my sleep" Manning on deck as well.
The Ravens defense isn't great, but they are about as good as our defense is collectively. Some better players at different positions for both teams, but still about even at the end of the day. That being said.....it's all fixable.
Last year, I called for Manusky's firing about mid to late season. I was scoffed at and ridiculed for it. I still stand by my statement now.
This defense, primarily the defensive line, was routinely out of place. At times, it was not even accounting for people. It is probably too soon in the season to call for someone being fired, but Manusky is the guy in charge of the defense. He's the one that's had the play calling in his hands. I'd love to give the benefit of the doubt, but his product on the field isn't helping him any.
I need to look at the video again, but I'm pretty positive the referees missed an intentional grounding on that final drive by the Raiders. Pryor never left the tackle box, and as he was being sacked, essentially threw the ball into the ground. There wasn't an eligible receiver in the area to my recollection. I'm just confused as to why this wasn't called. It was a big deal.
Before I wrap this up, I'd like to give a big shout out to all the Raiders fans out there. You should be proud of your team. They played their asses off and gave the Colts more than they expected. Pryor has the tools to be the real deal for you. All you need is a WR or two that can command respect in the secondary.
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