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Colts Lost 62-7, but at Least Jim Caldwell says the Effort Was Good

The Indianapolis Colts suffered perhaps their most embarrassing loss in franchise history Sunday, a 62-7 defeat to the Saints. New Orleans scored on nine of their 10 possessions, including seven touchdowns and two field goals. Drew Brees went 31-35 for 325 yards and five touchdowns. He had more touchdowns than incompletions. The Saints gained 557 yards, made 36 first downs, and they held the ball for 38 minutes. It was an all around dominating performance, and you get the feeling the Saints could have put up 80 points if they wanted to.

Even though Jim Caldwell admitted that his team got whooped, the Colts coach did find one positive quality about the team’s performance.

“I think the guys fought. We didn’t execute well, but I think the effort was good,” Caldwell said after the game.

Well that should be comforting to Colts fans. Imagine if the team’s effort wasn’t good. What would the Saints have done, score 100 points?

Not only does Jim Caldwell have his team unprepared to play, but he can’t even properly diagnose what went wrong. From what I saw, the effort from the Colts was not good. The only way this could not reflect poorly on Caldwell would be if the blowout loss was all part of the master plan to beat out the Dolphins for Andrew Luck. If that’s the case, then Jim Caldwell may really be a genius.

via Kevin Lark


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  • Gene

    Caldwell is full of it.  Peyton Manning is sorely missed on offense, but he doesn’t play defense.  The Colts would not be contenders if he were playing.  Their defense is getting long in tooth.  They allowed 62 points, the most in franchise history.  Drew Brees is a great QB, but he completed 31 of  35.  That was not a great effort by the Colts defense. There are bigger problems than Manning’s absence. 

    Bottom line, if Caldwell is right and the Colt players made a great effort, then the whole front office and coaching staff should be fired.

  • http://twitter.com/IntheOT Chad Margulius

    Hes an atrocous coach was awful the past few years when Manning was playing. Way to passive and in left field. Manning is the coach of this team, the only reaosn Caldwell get the job was because Duny “reccomnded” him to Irsay and they had to respect what he wanted when retiring. 

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Agree about them being fired if that was top effort, but with Peyton they’d be able to outscore many teams.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Yeah, he’ll be done after the year.

  • Gene

    Even Jeff Saturday is criticizing the coaching staff for not preparing the team properly for their games .  They would have a few wins with Peyton Mannign, but I doubt that he could get that aging team to score more than 62.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Yeah, I said many teams, not all teams haha.