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Colts need to check their offensive tendencies

When Saints cornerback Tracy Porter said after the Super Bowl that his game-clinching interception, which caused a collective gasp in the press box, resulted from film study, Porter essentially was saying that the Colts have become too predictable on offense.

And so we wholeheartedly agree with something I heard Pat Kirwan of NFL.com tell Sporting News Radio’s The Two Live Stews on Monday — Colts coach Jim Caldwell needs to get more involved in tweaking an offense that apparently has become too predictable.

Much of the blame is landing on receiver Reggie Wayne for running a bad route, and it’s regarded as a sacrilege to suggest that the man who threw the ball might be responsible in any way for the outcome.  But the reality is that, of anyone in the organization, quarterback Peyton Manning should know whether the Colts have developed a “tell.”

And indeed they have.

So with seven months to go until the next game that counts, the Colts need to focus not only on 2009 film from the defenses of the 13 teams they’ll face next season, but also on their own offensive game tapes in search of any trends or habits that need to be changed come 2010.

As the 2010 season unfolds, they also need to be careful to avoid developing similar habits.

Otherwise, there will be some key evidence floating around for the next Tracy Porter to find. 

And it can happen in a key regular season contest, in a playoff game, or in the Super Bowl.

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55 Responses to “Colts need to check their offensive tendencies”
  1. DontBeEMO says: Feb 9, 2010 4:26 PM

    It was also a bad read… Collie was open.

  2. DanRooney says: Feb 9, 2010 4:29 PM

    Offensive tendencies? Hell the entire game was full of short 7 yard or less pass plays . Quick outs and nothing deep. Both teams actually played with the exact same game plan, not just the Colts.
    And that was just a terrible pass by Manning. Time for him to man up and take the blame for once, instead of throwing his receivers or all-pro OL (see 2005 divisional game) under the bus.

  3. eaglealan64 says: Feb 9, 2010 4:30 PM

    >>>So with seven months to go until the next game that counts, the Colts need to focus not only on 2009 film from the defenses of the 13 teams they’ll face next season, but also on their own offensive game tapes in search of any trends or habits that need to be changed come 2010.
    As the 2010 season unfolds, they also need to be careful to avoid developing similar habits.

  4. Captain says: Feb 9, 2010 4:34 PM

    What was the purpose of this article? There is no new information being shared. I’m sure the Colts heard Porter’s comments as well as comments from other analysts.
    Florio said, “And it can happen in a key regular season contest, in a playoff game, or in the Super Bowl.” Are you shitting me? Wow, no one else would have drawn that conclusion. What logic! I’d hate to make a stretch but it also could happen in a non-key regular season game or even in a pre-season game. Imagine that.

  5. karmathaitch says: Feb 9, 2010 4:35 PM

    Keep pointing fingers, but the Colts dfst is the problem.

  6. JasonGiambi says: Feb 9, 2010 4:36 PM

    Florio, you need to check you hair tonic, make sure you’re not running low…

  7. sammm says: Feb 9, 2010 4:37 PM

    They are so predictable, the Colts racked up 432 yards of offense, 333 in the air. It was a bad throw by Peyton. He is human.

  8. Billy The Kid says: Feb 9, 2010 4:37 PM

    I think it’s hilarious that people are blaming Wayne. If Brett Favre throws that ball, we all know who’s getting the blame.

  9. steviebfw says: Feb 9, 2010 4:39 PM

    Wow…we are stretching it a bit here. The COLTS starters lost one game this year and they need to revamp the offense? Are you kidding me.
    Keep reaching and finding these non issues on the losing team

  10. Tr3pidation says: Feb 9, 2010 4:40 PM

    One of the simplest offenses in the NFL+ (according to the announcer) running favorite play=recipe for disaster.

  11. Chapnasty2 says: Feb 9, 2010 4:40 PM

    I love how the “media” is defending Caldwell now and blaming Peyton Manning for everything. Let’s face it, without Manning that team is terrible at best. Look what happened when he came out against the Jets. Caldwell is a terrible HC and should just keep his nose out of the Offense all together. Manning made a mistake, Wayne didn’t run his route well but most importantly, Porter made one hell of a play.

  12. CapsLockKey says: Feb 9, 2010 4:41 PM

    I doubt they have an easy enough tell for it to have too much of an affect on a regular season game. But when your opposition has two full weeks to prepare for you on the biggest stage, you’d think you would try to mix things up with new wrinkles instead of running the same ole same ole. Caldwell and Manning got out coached, period.

  13. laeagle says: Feb 9, 2010 4:45 PM

    I don’t know that the Colt’s having a “tell” needs to be an indictment of Manning. He’s only responsible for a portion of the playcalling, when it’s changed at the line. The blame is on the OC. I’m no Manning backer, but this seems like a cheap attempt to hop on an “anti-golden-boy” bandwagon with a legitimate criticism of the offense as a whole.

  14. moreflagsmorefun says: Feb 9, 2010 4:48 PM

    Peyton is never wrong, ok.
    Archie
    Peyton 1-1 in Super Bowls
    Eli 1-0 in Super Bowls
    Eli (hehhehehehheheheheh)

  15. bluestree says: Feb 9, 2010 4:48 PM

    Describing the pick after the game, Manning said ” …it’s a play we run a lot.”

  16. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Feb 9, 2010 4:49 PM

    wow what a way to place tnt on this topic…your blowing things way out of proportion…i don’t even care to make a counter argument to this ridiculous article

  17. Jose Reyes says: Feb 9, 2010 4:51 PM

    They gotten beaten in one play by the defense with the most takeaways in the season, it’s not that big of a deal.

  18. frox says: Feb 9, 2010 4:54 PM

    I love this kind of stuff. You go undefeated the entire season and throw one pick in a big spot and all of a sudden your entire system is flawed, stale and predictable. Get your act together Colts!! The rest of the league is on to you!!

  19. monet99 says: Feb 9, 2010 4:57 PM

    Yes they really have a lot of tells. They almost went undefeated. What the heck are you talking about? Totally absurd comment.

  20. bspurloc says: Feb 9, 2010 4:58 PM

    Porters interception had 100% to do with BLITZING not film study……
    Blitzing is how you stop a pass explosive team….
    COVERING is how you make the opposing QB go 30/32 or better…..
    It is amazing how people still don’t get this….
    How did the Giants beat the BEST OFFENSE Ever….
    BLITZING, and BLITZING MORE and then BLITZING MORE…..
    Jets had the Colts beat until they stop blitzing in the 2nd half….. TWO sacks of peyton manning in one game when he had around 8 all year long…. because they were BLITZING…..

  21. monet99 says: Feb 9, 2010 5:02 PM

    They did not lose game on 1 play. Their offense has been 1 of best in Football for how many years? Their defense could not stop Saints. The best offenses this year were almost all in NFC. Colts had only played Arizona.

  22. OZZ says: Feb 9, 2010 5:08 PM

    Hey moreflagsmorefun,
    So Peyton lost in a Superbowl. At least he was there playing in it. Where was Eli?

  23. Citizen Strange says: Feb 9, 2010 5:08 PM

    The Colts need to check their offensive tendencies before the Colts wreck their offensive tendencies.
    — Ali G

  24. WCRaider says: Feb 9, 2010 5:09 PM

    Is it just remotely possible that Tracy Porter just made one hell of a play in combination with Smith getting in Peyton’s line of sight? Just the least bit possible?

  25. Gunther69 says: Feb 9, 2010 5:13 PM

    That’s the whole reason you study film. All the media raved about how Manning was Einstein because he watched film on the opponents’ defense and could pick them apart in the game. Another example how the media doesn’t have a clue. How did all you hacks get your jobs? Why should I believe you anyway, you loved the Colts?

  26. Opie says: Feb 9, 2010 5:17 PM

    As for master of the obvious, I submit:
    “And it can happen in a key regular season contest, in a playoff game, or in the Super Bowl.”
    Or it might not happen…or then again, it could happen in a non-key regular season game, a pre-season game, or a flag football game in the backyard…..
    If DNabb throws that pick, he’s called out for “choking.”
    Get real and grow some nads. Call it what it was……..an error in judgement.

  27. Cubano says: Feb 9, 2010 5:24 PM

    What they need to check are a pick, a fumbled on side Kick and dropped pass. Outside of that, they played a solid game. Saints, just made a few more big plays.

  28. jknock625 says: Feb 9, 2010 5:26 PM

    The difference was the coaching and the game plan… The Saints made adjustments at halftime and the Colts didn’t. Take out the big gambles by Payton and the Saints STILL had the better game plan.
    The Saints were tentative to start and the Colts played tight. Later they Saints wanted to go deep and the Colts played back and took it away But in the second half the Saints used their big WR’s to shield the DB’s from the ball on come-back routes and made 8-10 yard receptions look routine. The Colts DB’s had no answer b/c Brees had too many weapons to throw to (see 8 different receivers used on final offensive scoring drive).
    The Colts came out wanting to throw the ball the whole game, and even though Addai was gaining 8-10 yards a pop, they kept Manning throwing. They tried forcing Wayne to get involved late in the game when it was obvious he wasn’t interested and there were better options available.
    Overall, the Colts looked vanilla on offense and couldn’t get off the field on defense, while the Saints were aggressive in all 3 phases and won the same way they’ve been winning all year.

  29. BenRapistberger says: Feb 9, 2010 5:28 PM

    I just want to point out it took you 8 paragraphs to write 9 sentences.

  30. Chitown says: Feb 9, 2010 5:29 PM

    The colts out gained them 2-1 rushing for the time of possession to be even is ridiculous. The laid back Tampa 2 has seen it’s day. Good teams destroy that defense because a QB can throw a 5 yard hook at 90%. Those defenses are banking on the offense making a mistake or not being able to score in the redzone. I hope the saints have finally put an end to that ridiculous style of conservative football.

  31. monet99 says: Feb 9, 2010 5:33 PM

    This is the dumbest article not written by Adam Schefter.

  32. Bob S. says: Feb 9, 2010 5:40 PM

    Addai fell while holding the ball about 6 inches short of the first down marker which was just past the Colts 31 yard line. It was clear where the ball was in his hand. TV cut away to commercial and when they came back the ball was being snapped on the next play with its backtip touching the Colts 30 yardline. The officials obviously had moved the ball back nearly a yard and Colts now needed OVER a yard as opposed to 6 inches for a firstdown. On the next play the Colts runner was stuffed but did gain at least 8-10 inches which would have gotten the first down had the ball been spotted right in the first place. Colts must not have asked for a review. Refs screwed the Colts who would have run out the clock, who then punted and Saints then kicked that late field goal narrowing the score to 10-6. And you know hoe second half started.
    Watch that spot of the ball at about 52 seconds left in first half.

  33. Treezs says: Feb 9, 2010 5:43 PM

    You mean Caldwell is actually going to have to coach? He might get fired if he does that…

  34. prmpft says: Feb 9, 2010 5:44 PM

    “…too predictable…” may be taking a little artistic license mike…the ONE predictable thing that they did was glaring enough to take advantage of (AMEN!)…but all hatin’ & what ifs aside – THE SAINTS ARE THE WORLD CHAMPIONS – & that’s not gonna change…WHO DAT!!!

  35. golongboyee says: Feb 9, 2010 5:55 PM

    Yes, as long as Manning can throw another teammate under the bus and deflect attention from himself, he is fine.
    Bottom line, it was a bad read, bad throw….if Wayne ran the wrong route, sorry, but that is the back-end negative of the type of offense they run. It is a flag football offense to the extreme.
    Also, maybe now the Colts will reign in Manning a little and realize that giving him the keys to the car is just not working. He may call a lot of audibles but many of them flat out suck. Plus the fact that giving him free reign has not worked…unless all you want to do is win reg season games. If the Colts have to play outside (which they pretty much NEVER do during the regular season) they are screwed. If they have to travel to New York, Baltimore and/or the Pats away next year, they are flat out screwed in January.
    If I was coach of the Colts, I would realize this, take some of the reliance OFF Manning and get a big, bruising back. Manning has even said this year that he was mentally exhausted. When you have to make every play count and cannot just call a trap or dive play to big fullback, you will burnout.

  36. The Notorious V.I.C. says: Feb 9, 2010 6:11 PM

    Remember the days when Florio would only post like 10 updates a day on this site, but they were all relevant and/or news you might want to know?
    Hey Florio, think quality over quantity, my man.
    This post is utterly pointless and just makes you look like an amateur.

  37. Reptar says: Feb 9, 2010 6:14 PM

    # jknock625 says: February 9, 2010 5:26 PM
    The difference was the coaching and the game plan… The Saints made adjustments at halftime and the Colts didn’t. Take out the big gambles by Payton and the Saints STILL had the better game plan.
    The Saints were tentative to start and the Colts played tight. Later they Saints wanted to go deep and the Colts played back and took it away But in the second half the Saints used their big WR’s to shield the DB’s from the ball on come-back routes and made 8-10 yard receptions look routine. The Colts DB’s had no answer b/c Brees had too many weapons to throw to (see 8 different receivers used on final offensive scoring drive).
    The Colts came out wanting to throw the ball the whole game, and even though Addai was gaining 8-10 yards a pop, they kept Manning throwing. They tried forcing Wayne to get involved late in the game when it was obvious he wasn’t interested and there were better options available.
    Overall, the Colts looked vanilla on offense and couldn’t get off the field on defense, while the Saints were aggressive in all 3 phases and won the same way they’ve been winning all year.
    ————————–
    Pay attention, folks. An unbiased, intelligent fan actually watched this game and the evidence is written above!

  38. SF Saints Fan says: Feb 9, 2010 6:17 PM

    The QB throws the ball. The interception is on him. The receiver ran a sloppy route, but the QB threw the ball and he gets the blame for the INT. As Manning said after the game Porter made a great play. It is that simple. Film study to get “inside” information on what the Colts run on offense? Really Florio, film study? This occurs every week in the NFL. ALL TEAMS have tendencies on offense.
    I have been to games where I “called” the play before it happens. Everybody has done that. The magic is being able to defend against the play. If Porter had made his break a fraction of a second sooner, Manning would have seen him break on the ball, held onto the ball for another second and a half, and hit Wayne for a TD after he turned after the squat and ran toward the goal line. That would have been a TD. Porter made a great play, he had a very good idea what was being run and he made a great play.
    Don’t you think the Saints “knew” Clark was going to be targeted on that pass into triple coverage? Did the Saints stop it? No. On that play Manning made a great play. Simple as that. If you make an ok play and the other guy makes a great play, you lose, he wins………
    The Colts will evaluate everything they do in the off season, including tendencies. So will the Saints, so will the other 30 teams in the NFL. (I am not 100% positive about the Raiders though…….)
    I guarantee you that Sean Payton will be looking at hundreds of hours of game tape during this off season to see what tendencies the Saints have developed in the last four years, even though they have had the top offense in the NFL in three of three of those years. These guys are professionals, it is what they do. They live and breath football. You are a blogger who landed/sold out to NBC who has a passion for football. I am a fan who has a passion for football. I would hazard a guess that I have seen way more NFL games in person than you have, does that make me an NFL expert? No way. The experts are the coaches who coach successfully in the NFL and have won playoff games and Super Bowls, not you or I. They will spot their tendencies, but it is up to the players to make plays. The Saints simply made more plays on Sunday, simple as that. They also made more big plays in the NFC Championship Game by forcing fumbles. Forced fumbles and INT’s for TD’s are big plays.
    Sean Payton has “cajones mas grande” and he came up big because of it. But his players had to back them up. And they did.

  39. GoBrowns19 says: Feb 9, 2010 6:24 PM

    Those tendencies will be wiped out with the strike. No biggie, just suck in up in 2010 and then everything will be totally different in 2012. Most of all, nobody will care.

  40. Rdowb says: Feb 9, 2010 6:31 PM

    Get reaaaal. This is an offense that hasn’t had much trouble all year (ranking in the top 10 in most categories) led by a veteran offensive staff and arguably the best QB ever. As if their was a doubt prior to the game that they had a ‘tell’. That play was a combo of a bad route and a great play by a defender (and clearly his excellent film prep). Peyton read blitz with loose man up on the outside and threw it where Wayne should have been. Lets not forget who dropped what would have been a close TD that ended the game…not Peyton…oh, p.s. that would have been his 32nd completion, TYING the record that Drew Brees eventually ended the game with. Gimme a break, Manning did not lose that game. It came down to a few plays and non were Manning’s fault.

  41. slipkid says: Feb 9, 2010 6:34 PM

    golden boy?
    since when did peyton becoms a t shirt?

  42. Avon Barksdale says: Feb 9, 2010 6:36 PM

    Manning has a “tell?” what, did he touch his face?
    It’s not my job to make your Seinfeld references, Florio!

  43. GirthyOne says: Feb 9, 2010 6:49 PM

    Oh no! The entire off season will be like this. AH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. Unnamed Source says: Feb 9, 2010 6:55 PM

    Wrong again. All the colts need to do next year is to rest starters even earlier!

  45. snigley says: Feb 9, 2010 7:24 PM

    Favre would have been ripped a new one if he had thrown that ball but not the almighty Manning.

  46. breesus says: Feb 9, 2010 7:45 PM

    BRETT FAVRE THROWS A INT AND HIS TEAM LOSES ITS HIS FAULT……..PAYTON MANNING THROWS A INT AND HIS TEAM LOSES AND IT REGGIE WAYNE’S FAULT…..WHY IS THAT????????????????????????????????????????

  47. raideralex99 says: Feb 9, 2010 7:47 PM

    I can’t wait until the next time the Colts play the Saints … EVERY pass will go Porter’s way … Manning will make him look like a rookie who will be looking for a new job.
    Face it … Porter guessed right … 99 out of 100 times Manning makes that pass.
    Where is Caldwell’s blame???? If he was a white coach everyone would be drilling him about that terrible call … trying a 51 yd FG with an aging PK … that was the turning point in the game. The last time the Colts had the lead.

  48. purpleguy says: Feb 9, 2010 7:57 PM

    Peyton himself even admitted the offense is vanilla and hasn’t changed, what’s the big deal?

  49. Maximum Bob says: Feb 9, 2010 8:12 PM

    @ SF Saints Fan:
    Amen! Nothing more to say…..

  50. TBIH says: Feb 9, 2010 8:17 PM

    Another day…another two-bit internet hack airing out his personal bias against the Colts.
    Change your tampon already Floria…this one’s full.

  51. slipkid says: Feb 9, 2010 9:29 PM

    the colts’ tendency is to win… until they lose…
    move on… no news here…

  52. The Nomad says: Feb 9, 2010 9:47 PM

    out-coached .

  53. golongboyee says: Feb 9, 2010 10:42 PM

    “Peyton himself even admitted the offense is vanilla and hasn’t changed, what’s the big deal?”
    …and I am sure this is not his fault either now is it……….bottom line, if you are going to call plays at the line, you can only make the offense so “non-vanilla”…….common sense.

  54. golongboyee says: Feb 9, 2010 10:45 PM

    “Gimme a break, Manning did not lose that game. It came down to a few plays and non were Manning’s fault. ”
    Oh, of course, because nothing is EVER his fault……..when are you going to get a clue. He threw a BAD PASS….and he threw one EARLIER that was almost intercepted.
    Playoffs + Manning = INTS

  55. golongboyee says: Feb 9, 2010 10:48 PM

    Rdoub, you are a total idiot
    “That play was a combo of a bad route and a great play by a defender (and clearly his excellent film prep)”
    This is the dumbest statement ever and so far from the truth……..quit being such the Manning apologist……it is unreal……everything GOOD that happens is directly because of him, everything bad has absolutely nothing to do with him. Do you realize how moronic you sound????

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