Well, the season is over, and yes it ended in the way that has been expected this season--with a loss, 13-19 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. >insert sigh<
After the last couple weeks there was reason to think that something different may happen. The team had looked good. The offense was still rather anemic, but it did enough that the defense could do their jobs well the entire game.
On Sunday, that just wasn't the case. I think we get a reminder on why Dan Orlovsky did not have a job when the Colts called him following the injury to Kerry Collins (please retire and stay retired this time Kerry). Good ole' Dano just doesn't have what it takes to be a full-time QB. I hope the best for the guy and his future in the NFL, but whoever starts him at QB I think I'll pick up the opposing defense in my fantasy league.
That being said, I do think the Colts will stick with him over Curtis Painter as the back up. Personally, I don't think Painter got a fair shake. The play calling was horrendous during his last few starts, and it was Painter that got the blame. I hope someone gives him a shot as a 3rd string or practice squad QB next year because with actual coaching he could be a serviceable back-up (at least).
But I digress....the game.
There really isn't a whole lot that needs to be said about it. It was basically the MJD (Maurice Jones-Drew) Show. Blaine Gabbert looked like he has all season, but MJD made sure that he abused the Colts defense as much as possible and secured the season rushing title.
MLD was not enough to put the Colts away though. Dano did enough on offense to keep the Colts in the game; the only problem is he kept the Jags in the game too. Both interceptions could have been killers, but thanks to a stellar defensive effort they ended up just being a pair of field goals.
Wait a minute...that was the difference in the game...so I guess they were killers. Oh, well.
On a good note, the Colts locked up the first pick of the draft so they will be able to take whichever QB they think is the best in the draft, be it the expected future Golden Boy, Andrew Luck, or someone else.
On yet another good note, it appears that Jim Irsay has gotten his act together and has ditched the father son duo of Bill and Chris Polian. The news came down today that the team vice-chairman and general manager are being relieved of their duties (it's about time).
The question that remains to be answered at this time is whether Jim Caldwell will be retained or not. I would like to see him for one more season myself. I do believe that he did what he could with what he had. Peyton Manning has been covering up the holes on this team for years; holes that would not have existed if the Polians were doing their jobs.
It will be interesting to see how things develop in the days and weeks to come. Whatever does happen, we can rest assured about one thing--we can only do better next year.