The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue Oct 29, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT
I hate to say it, but I’m afraid we’ve seen this before.
As the Indianapolis Colts’ injured reserve additions mount, I’m reminded of the 2010 season — one that also began 5-2, but had injuries decimate any chance of postseason success.
The Colts are easily the most-injured team in the NFL over the past half-decade, and despite this squad’s ability to adapt under physical and mental duress, guts can’t always make up for lost talent.
It didn’t take long this season for the injury bug to bite. The offense took a major hit when Dwayne Allen’s busted hip in Week 1 moved Coby Fleener into a more prominent role, and the results have been mostly nauseating. Running back Vick Ballard was lost that same game, and a week later, left guard Donald Thomas tore a quad. Ahmad Bradshaw was gone after a great performance in San Francisco, and most damaging of all, future Hall of Famer Reggie Wayne was lost in last Sunday’s epic win over Denver.
The magnitude of Wayne’s loss can’t be overstated. Next to Peyton Manning in 2011, from a leadership and performance standpoint, it’s the worst injury suffered by the organization in the 30 seasons since it moved from Baltimore. Like any team worth a damn, the Colts have long adhered to the “Next Man Up” philosophy, where one player’s misfortune is another’s opportunity, but there’s no one who can come close to replacing Wayne.
The good news is that if any team can regroup, evolve and succeed under such circumstances, it’s this one. Last season proved it has heart far beyond the norm, and there’s a lot of improvement that’s still possible.
One simple decision can make the offense more dangerous — eliminating tight sets altogether. Donald Brown currently averages 5.9 yards per carry, mostly running out three-wideout formations. Trent Richardson is nearly two yards less per run, while getting smothered by front-sevens who know it’s a run because of closed-in sets. Spread it out consistently, keep defenses guessing, and the results will be favorable.
March 3, 2014
February 27, 2014
February 26, 2014
There was a wide array of reactions to Seattle DB Richard Sherman’s post-game “interview” with Erin Andrews following the Seahawks’ NFC title win over San Francisco.
Mine? Laughter, as the shout-down was the most entertaining thing I saw all day.
January 28, 2014
Butler is still a long way from saving its 2013-14 men’s basketball season, but if the Bulldogs turn it around fully and reach the NCAA Tournament, it will have started this past Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
January 21, 2014
A fine season for the Indianapolis Colts ended with a whimper Saturday at New England, but in recent team history, it was far from the most disappointing postseason defeat.
January 14, 2014
The Indianapolis Colts’ miraculous 45-44 wild card victory over Kansas City on Saturday ended just after 8 p.m. After leaving Lucas Oil Stadium, it took until around midnight for the pounding in my head to subside.
January 7, 2014
December 31, 2013
An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
May 22, 2013
Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
A leopard caused panic in the city of Chandrapur when it sprung from the roof of a house and charged at rescue workers.
April 22, 2014
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