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Mike Adams on Colts collapse: We’re not good enough to take foot off gas

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 16:  Nick Novak #8 of the Houston Texans celebrates with Ryan Griffin #84 after kicking a 33 yard field goal against the Indianapolis Colts as Mike Adams #29 looks on at NRG Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) Getty Images

When a team blows a 23-9 lead over the final seven minutes of a game, there are always multiple things to point to as the reasons for the collapse.

The Colts were no different on Sunday night in Houston. You could look back to the decision to go for it on fourth down out of the shotgun and failing instead of adding to the lead in third quarter and any number of other things that happened along the way or you could just look to those final seven minutes and overtime for why the game wound up as a 26-23 Texans win.

Safety Mike Adams went with the latter approach after the game. Adams said that he felt the Colts took their foot off the gas once they went up by two touchdowns, something that came back to haunt them as the Texans offense found life for the first time all night thanks to the change in approach from Indianapolis.

“I don’t think we’re good enough to get a lead like that and just let go,” Adams said, via the Indianapolis Star. “We’re not good enough to relax when we’re up. We have to step on them and keep moving. There’s no taking it lightly. We have to keep doing what we were doing in the first place.”

Coach Chuck Pagano lamented the lack of killer instinct from his team, saying the players need to learn it. That may be the case, but Sunday night’s results and other Colts outings this season suggest that the coaching staff could also use a remedial lesson in keeping a foot on an opponent’s throat when given the opportunity.

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25 Responses to “Mike Adams on Colts collapse: We’re not good enough to take foot off gas”
  1. patriottony says: Oct 17, 2016 7:24 AM

    back to being the “DOLTS”

  2. jr4real says: Oct 17, 2016 7:24 AM

    Wow. Throw your players under the bus much? Pagans and Grigson need to go. Today.

  3. terripet says: Oct 17, 2016 7:27 AM

    4th and one in the shotgun you serious pagano could of had 3 points time for you ang grigson to go

  4. footballfan58 says: Oct 17, 2016 7:57 AM

    Maybe they should check the air in their footballs???

    Sorry. Just couldn’t resist.

  5. captainwhodat says: Oct 17, 2016 8:02 AM

    Grigson and Pagano: happy days in Coltland…if the Colts were playing Cleveland in Cleveland, I think the Browns would be a slight favorite…

  6. nyjad says: Oct 17, 2016 8:07 AM

    Pagano is a terrible coach, end of story.

  7. margoadams says: Oct 17, 2016 8:14 AM

    #DeflateGate Karma It’s only going to get worse for Irsay Grigson Colts Goodell Kensil Vincent & NFL front offices

  8. infectorman says: Oct 17, 2016 8:23 AM

    “..this season suggest that the coaching staff could also use a remedial lesson in keeping a foot on an opponent’s throat when given the opportunity…”
    ———

    Yeah, when you’re the Dolts. you do stupid stuff like go for it on 4th when you had a chip shot FG in the 3rd Qtr.

    Like the Dolts have enough offensive skill and play calling creativity to act like the big boys and eschew and easy 3 points for a pipe dream 6.

    Pagano + Grigson = Lame Ducks

  9. fatguystrangler says: Oct 17, 2016 8:34 AM

    The Colts are a poorly constructed team, and that falls on Grigson. There is talent in spots, but overall, there’s a lot missing. He’s whiffed more than hit in free agency and the draft, and it’s showing. I would have preferred a reboot after last season with him and Pagano being relieved of their duties. I still don’t understand why they were brought back.
    Harbaugh in 17! (I wish…)

  10. wetookavote says: Oct 17, 2016 8:46 AM

    This is on the coaches. Hard to make any case other than Pagano being one of the worst HCs in the league.

  11. alewatcher says: Oct 17, 2016 8:47 AM

    Some NFL teams should be paying more attention to the NFL commercials for “Play 60.”

  12. bonitalocal says: Oct 17, 2016 8:49 AM

    You’re not good enough to leave your foot on the gas either.

    Damn, I love the Colts’ annual struggles. They warm my Patriot heart.

  13. the ny olive says: Oct 17, 2016 9:00 AM

    Don’t worry colts fans. Last time things got tough annually with a good QB, realignment came to the rescue. Watch out NFC south! Here come the colts!

  14. xmgmx says: Oct 17, 2016 9:06 AM

    Says the guy who ducked a tackle on Texan’s last TD.

  15. mikeytoth says: Oct 17, 2016 9:24 AM

    The colts are no good for anything. Not even the NFL.

  16. weepingjebus says: Oct 17, 2016 9:31 AM

    Nothing a two man trick play wouldn’t fix.

  17. uknepatsfan says: Oct 17, 2016 9:34 AM

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer franchise.

    Long may their demise continue.

  18. nhpats says: Oct 17, 2016 9:35 AM

    Luck should fire his agent……no way the guy should have advised him to sign another contract with the Colts…..

  19. ricko1112 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:00 AM

    After Denver, Indy is the dirtiest team in the NFL.

    Piping in phony crowd noise and were even busted on live TV when their audio loop began to skip.

    They tanked entire seasons twice in order to get Manning and then the infamous and blatantly obvious “Suck for Luck” campaign. They even have shirts made up with that slogan.

    Hiding broken ribs and lacerated kidneys from the injury report.

    Let’s not forget that all these ticky tack PI calls are due to Bill Polian insisting on rule changes. PEDton Manning and his soft receivers couldn’t compete with NE’s physical defense. Polian went and shoved the rule changes down the Competition Committee’s throats. That’s why we have all the flags and receivers looking for a call whenever they don’t catch a pass.

    They’ve been seen sporting inflation needles on the sidelines(serious violation) and have been accused by teams of tampering with their footballs. They even admitted in the Well$ Report that they “tested” the Patriots’ football during the AFCCG. That is a serious admission and the ONLY tampering committed that night.

    This team deserves all the misery they get. They brought it upon themselves with their cheating ways!

    Booo and Hisss!

  20. redclaw1314 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:06 AM

    Colts have a huge Karma debt to pay:
    –the suck for luck season (and they still suck)
    –deflategate
    –the drugs
    –the discarding of Peyton Manning
    –the cheating (pumping in crowd noise to obtain an unfair advantage)
    –the achievement banners
    It must be tough to be a Colts fan

  21. coltzfan166 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:18 AM

    As a Colts fan, it warms my heart that Pats “fans” can’t move on from Deflategate, despite the success you’re having. It warms my heart that you’re not enjoying your team as much as you are watching the Colts lose. I’m glad we are still finding ways to irritate you. At least we have something going for us🙂

    Enjoy it now, cause Brady and Belichick won’t be there forever. And the Colts will rise again once Pagano and Grigson are finally gone.

  22. margoadams says: Oct 17, 2016 10:20 AM

    Jim Irsay Looked a Little #Deflated After The Game

  23. dlc1224 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:27 AM

    Andrew Luck = Overrated Golden Boy

  24. carloswlassiter says: Oct 17, 2016 2:09 PM

    Check out the Colts upcoming schedule – looks like they might struggle to win 4 games this year.

  25. steves11 says: Oct 18, 2016 11:42 AM

    That’s the same argument that I’ve had for years about the so called “prevent” defense, where defensive backs play soft and let receivers catch anything in front of them. Numerous games each year are lost this way, as it allows a previously struggling opponent to gain momentum and lulls the team trying to protect the lead into lethargy. I’ve never understood why the defense doesn’t just keep doing what they’ve already done the entire game to enjoy the lead that they have.

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