INDIANAPOLIS — For the eighth straight season, the Indianapolis Colts began their time with a decline. Their most recent failure arrived Sunday, a 28-16 drubbing at the palms of the Seattle Seahawks.
The loss was a overall team hard work. On offense, it begun with an abysmal effort by the offensive line, which failed to sufficiently shield Carson Wentz. The workforce also arrived up limited in just about every single clutch scenario, failing to transform two vital fourth downs in the 2nd 50 percent. On the very first, a fourth-and-brief at the Seattle 31-lawn-line, Wentz under no circumstances got the snap from centre Ryan Kelly and the Seahawks dove on the fumble.
A couple of minutes later, still down by 11 and at the Seahawks’ 18, Wentz was sacked on fourth down soon after right deal with Braden Smith was bowled in excess of by exterior linebacker Darrell Taylor. Wentz was sacked a few occasions for 28 yards and was harassed approximately the complete recreation.
On protection, the Colts weren’t much superior. They arrived out of the gates agonizingly sluggish, letting Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to shred them for 166 yards and a few touchdowns, like two to Tyler Lockett. Every single time, protection Khari Willis looked to be the guilty social gathering in coverage. The to start with, he was in just one-on-1 coverage with the Colts sending an all-out blitz, and Lockett built a stunning about-the-shoulder capture for the rating. On the next, Lockett slipped at the rear of Willis on a 69-lawn bomb that place Seattle up 21-10 at the close of the to start with fifty percent.
In the second half, the defense lastly obtained again into rhythm, holding up for a quarter and a 50 percent prior to making it possible for Wilson to set the final nail in the coffin with a 15-lawn touchdown to DK Metcalf, who easily lose Kenny Moore in protection. Wilson finished 18-of-23 for 254 yards and 4 touchdowns.
In the meantime, Wentz’s Colts debut was considerably nondescript. He failed to engage in exceedingly nicely or poorly, while he did get off to a rapid begin, heading 9-of-10 for 97 and yards and a touchdown.
In large elements because of a line that could not defend him, Wentz completed just 25-of-38 for 251 yards and two landing passes — equally to Zach Pascal.
The Colts protection adopted up its opening working day stinker in 2020 with … a different opening-day stinker. Wilson completed with just 5 incomplete passes and an unbelievable passer ranking of 152.3 — just 6. stage shy of a perfect working day by that metric.
On the floor, Seattle rushed for 143 yards on just 26 carries (5.5 yards per endeavor), with Chris Carson heading for 91 yards on 16 carries to guide the way.
Willis and Kenny Moore each individual experienced defensive lapses, but amid the Colts’ major offenders on protection was celebrity linebacker Darius Leonard. The richest inside of linebacker in the NFL did not record his to start with tackle Sunday until there were being 3 minutes remaining in the first 50 %. And it came 13 yards down the subject.
Before in the half, Leonard observed himself obtaining bullied by limited finishes in the running activity and out of area in protection in opposition to Wilson. Later on, the Seahawks quarterback located Gerald Everett streaking throughout Leonard’s deal with for Seattle’s to start with touchdown of the recreation.
Leonard (five tackles) justifies credit history for coming up with a pressured fumble, an impact enjoy usual of his resume. But his overall sport came up nicely brief of his standards. The same can be claimed of the rest of this protection.
The beginning of the Carson Wentz period
Presented the lackluster safety he was handed and the lack of a constant dashing assault (3.6 yards for each endeavor), it can be hard to hold a lot of this decline on the shoulders of Wentz.
Likely for much more than 250 passing yards and two touchdowns is much more than a respectable working day. Particularly after you remember that he failed to perform in the preseason, barely practiced above the previous two month a fifty percent and was actively playing without the need of just one his best receivers (T.Y. Hilton) and commencing remaining tackle (Eric Fisher).
If this is what Wentz can do in the facial area of so much adversity, Colts supporters need to be energized to see what he’s capable off at the time he is basically experienced a likelihood to get in rhythm with the offense and the offensive will get its act with each other.
For months, the Colts staff owner stressed to his staff the worth of winning the season-opener, a little something his crew has not accomplished due to the fact 2013. Their failure to do so definitely will not likely go in excess of perfectly.
It unquestionably did not final yr. Irsay disclosed in November of past 12 months that he experienced a prolonged converse with Reich right after the Colts fell to the Jaguars in Jacksonville.
“He experienced some insightful factors about how the play of the match goes,” Reich revealed afterwards. “He experienced some insightful factors to say about how to regulate the workforce. He’s noticed a great deal over the course of his occupation as the operator of this staff.
“I took it to heart.”
Earlier this 7 days, Irsay texted Leonard at almost 2 in the morning in the hopes of motivating his superstar linebacker and his teammates. When instruction camp started, Irsay gave an impassioned speech to his firm about the importance of successful in Week 1
“When we had that opening meeting in essence coming into training camp, that’s when Jim Irsay advised us, ‘You’ve bought to gain the opener, you’ve received to get the opener.’” linebacker Bobby Okereke reported this week. “So, that was the emphasis there.”
“We all know the opener is a major deal, specifically when it’s a house opener, specially when your proprietor it allowing you know that it is a major offer,” Reich laughed this 7 days. “So I assume we have all acquired that information. For guaranteed I would like to produce him one particular of these in this article in advance of as well extended.”