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Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson: “Defensively we played like s—“

Detroit Lions wide receiver Anquan Boldin (80) pushes away from Indianapolis Colts strong safety Mike Adams (29) during the first half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) AP

The Colts gave Andrew Luck all the money, but they know they have to give him some help, too.

In addition to some dubious clock management, there was the small matter that their quarterback put 35 points on the board and it wasn’t enough.

And the Colts defenders know that’s an issue, after yesterday’s 39-35 loss to the Lions, which featured plenty of missed tackles and missed opportunities. They allowed 448 yards and had one sack against the Lions.

“If you expect to win in this league, you can’t give up that many points,” Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said, via Mike Wells of ESPN.com. “Any other team, that would have been a blowout. Defensively we played like s— and we have to play better.”

The Colts are beat up at the moment, with injuries knocking out a number of key players, and two more (rookie safety T.J. Green and cornerback Patrick Robinson) were hurt during the game. It clearly impacted yesterday’s game, but they also know waiting for everyone to get well isn’t an option.

“Whoever is out there, we expect you play to winning football,” Jackson said. “No matter who is out there. The season isn’t going to stop for us.”

And if they don’t stop somebody soon, all the money and resources the Colts have poured into their offense will have been squandered.

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31 Responses to “Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson: “Defensively we played like s—“”
  1. churchofthehoody says: Sep 12, 2016 11:21 AM

    Cheer up D’Qwell, it wasn’t just your defense,
    your whole team played like s–….

  2. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 12, 2016 11:25 AM

    Hey, I remember D’Qwell. He was that guy who intercepted discovered that the Pats were using significantly underinflated balls! We have D’Qwell to thank for exposing the scheme!

    Wait, what? That never actually happened?

    C’mon haters, even Collinsworthless admitted this was only ever about Roger with his ruler making sure he is still the longest Richard in the room.

  3. nflequalswwe says: Sep 12, 2016 11:41 AM

    “Week 1 2016 Participants” banner soon to come.

  4. trumb1mj says: Sep 12, 2016 11:42 AM

    The Colts D fell victim to one of the greatest come back QBs of all time. Sometimes the better QB just comes out on top. Next week…

  5. grogansheroes says: Sep 12, 2016 11:48 AM

    You think that was bad. I mean a mediocre qb like Stafford. Wait until new England comes to town. They will have to decide whether to have Blount run for 250 on you, or Brady throw for 400. Maybe we see Jimmy Gee in the second half.

  6. weepingjebus says: Sep 12, 2016 11:55 AM

    But according to Uncle Grigson, Luck can still whip the ball clear over those mountains so it’s all good.

  7. cajunaise says: Sep 12, 2016 12:00 PM

    churchofthehoody says:

    “Cheer up D’Qwell, it wasn’t just your defense,
    your whole team played like s–….”

    **

    Luck: 31-47, 385yrds, 4TDs, 0 INTs.

    How well did Brady play yesterday?

    Oh, wait…

  8. terripet says: Sep 12, 2016 12:01 PM

    Luck now you know how Manning felt no defense and no coach. Pagano needs to go now.

  9. 6ball says: Sep 12, 2016 12:23 PM

    .
    @cajunaise

    ” How well did Brady play yesterday? ”

    It doesn’t matter. Football is a team sport and the team victories are what’s most important.

    ” Stats are for losers “…. …. Bill Belichick

    PS – thank Griggy for passing on stud DT Malcolm Brown in favor of Philip (the brittle dwarf) Dorsett. Brown has become the Patriots best D lineman, but the Colts are just loaded with playmakers on the defensive side of the ball.
    He’d probably never see the field with you guys anyways.
    .

  10. atthemurph says: Sep 12, 2016 12:26 PM

    Was there ever a worse use of timeouts in league history?

    Pagano reminds me of Mike Sherman when he coached the Packers. He was the guy who decided to go for a 2pt conversion after his team took an 8 point lead in a playoff game, in the 3rd quarter, because he wanted to get the point back from a missed PAT earlier in the game.

    Pagano reminds me of him.

  11. tonebones says: Sep 12, 2016 12:27 PM

    The game came down to a field goal. A few of the games came down to field goals. The kicker makes it, and everyone is great. The kicker misses, and everyone is bad. The Colts played good enough to win. They might have waited too long to go to the passing attack. After all, they paid all that money to Andrew Luck, not Frank Gore.

  12. grumpysal says: Sep 12, 2016 12:34 PM

    churchofthehoody says:

    “Cheer up D’Qwell, it wasn’t just your defense,
    your whole team played like s–….”

    **

    Luck: 31-47, 385yrds, 4TDs, 0 INTs.

    How well did Brady play yesterday?

    Oh, wait…

    Haha, and yet Luck has as many wins as TB after week 1. Nice stats by Luck, will the banner for them be up by the 2nd game kickoff?

    NE 1-0 without TB
    IND 0-1 with Luck and his fancy stats

    I know which one I’d rather have.

  13. irishking says: Sep 12, 2016 12:38 PM

    I am afraid to say it but I will anyway…Chuck needs to go.

  14. truthprofessor says: Sep 12, 2016 12:40 PM

    They played like COLTS. Oh… he said that!

  15. mistyzhang says: Sep 12, 2016 12:41 PM

    Is it fair to say Luck is like a poor mans version of Stafford?

  16. xavier179 says: Sep 12, 2016 12:44 PM

    It seems to me that on draft day the Colts have no definite plan to go by.

  17. lks311 says: Sep 12, 2016 12:49 PM

    grogansheroes says:
    Sep 12, 2016 11:48 AM
    You think that was bad. I mean a mediocre qb like Stafford. Wait until new England comes to town. They will have to decide whether to have Blount run for 250 on you, or Brady throw for 400. Maybe we see Jimmy Gee in the second half.
    ——-
    Only an idiot that doesn’t understand football or that you are only as good as the top of the organization would call Stafford mediocre.

    So, I guess you’re an idiot.

  18. 202folife says: Sep 12, 2016 12:52 PM

    Give him some help? Elway took what amounted to H.S. teams to superbowls only to get worked. My point is if you’re a great QB you get it done w/o making excuses.

  19. ChickenTurkeySaurus says: Sep 12, 2016 1:04 PM

    The Colts refused to call the type of zone defenses needed to defend against the screen pass and RB outs. This was a failure by the coaching staff. Sure, the players could have out-efforted bad play calls, so they get some of the blame too. But the coaches definitely deserve the majority of the blame for this one.

    And that’s why the NFL fought the All-22 for years, they don’t want fans to realize that the average Madden player could’ve come up with a better scheme than their millionaire head coach.

  20. lscottman3 says: Sep 12, 2016 1:08 PM

    there is good news colts fans

    you do not play the patriots this year, the way the schedule works when you suck you don’t play the good teams.

    and last year, you sucked.

  21. deacon85 says: Sep 12, 2016 1:15 PM

    It’s called karma Dqwell. Things have gone downhill for the Colts since they AFCCG when they tried to ambush the Patriots with absurd claims about the football, and got Goodell to join in on their conspiracy. Although I enjoy nothing better than a Patriots win, I must say that a Colts loss is something to savor as well, and the more embarrassing the better.

  22. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Sep 12, 2016 1:22 PM

    Well, if the Colts defense played like doo-doo, then what does that say about the Saints and Chargers defenses?

  23. Patty Dubs says: Sep 12, 2016 1:35 PM

    The Colts can’t tackle, cover, or generate a pass rush. How much longer will it be before NFL fans start hearing/saying, “We’re wasting Luck’s peak seasons”?
    Chuck is supposed to be a defensive guy, but his Colts have never put a premium on landing, signing, and developing defensive talent.

  24. dyims says: Sep 12, 2016 1:36 PM

    Hey cajunaise, at least the Pats won with a backup QB and not their number 1. It’s amazing what happens when you spread the money around the team to include something the Colts don’t like to think about……namely the defensive side of the ball.

  25. jags2daship says: Sep 12, 2016 2:13 PM

    Yall are going to play like poo against the Jaguars too so get used to it. No playoffs for you chumps this years

  26. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Sep 12, 2016 2:15 PM

    Too bad the Saints and Colts don’t play each other this year. It’d set back defensive football some 50 years. But it’d be great for fantasy players.

  27. toybkshr says: Sep 12, 2016 2:20 PM

    The posters above def have a valid point of view with Pagano’s coaching, but he also has to play the hand he’s dealt. I think it’s fair to say that Grigson is even more responsible for the Colts decline than Pagano. And then you have to look at Irsay for deciding (yes – nepotism) to retain him!

  28. hugeheavywoman says: Sep 12, 2016 2:45 PM

    How much bank did Irsay pay Luck? Sorry, the Bronco and Pats backups are better. 1-0 for both.

  29. jamezz23 says: Sep 12, 2016 8:25 PM

    Staffords great play gets left out by the national media…. For some reason they have hard ons for luck who hasn’t shown, not even once that he’s better than stafford.

  30. Floriosqueens says: Sep 13, 2016 11:50 AM

    The Colt were are and are a mediocre team that has been lucky to play in a division full of horrible teams.

  31. ChickenTurkeySaurus says: Sep 14, 2016 2:12 AM

    In light of the horrible defensive play calling and general inability to defend the screen and off tackle runs, I think Denver rolls easily over Indy this week.

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