Mini Post 1: Early Playoff Exit Surpasses Expectations
Despite falling to the Baltimore Ravens 24 to 9 in yesterday’s AFC Wildcard match up the Colts early playoff exit still surpassed the critics, the Indianapolis fan base and even the teams’ expectations of this football season. At the beginning of the season the best record I heard from the media that the Colts would post was 6 – 10. Most thought the Colts would have 3 to 6 wins this season, including myself, and this young team would start to grow into the consistent ten win team Indianapolis has come to know over the past decade.
If you claim you “knew” the Colts would be an 11-5 team and playoff bound I will call you a liar because it is straight up not true. There were a few fans that I follow or are even friends with that claimed the Colts would be “better” than the media was claiming but I never heard anyone say over 6 wins. Further proof was the immediate lack of support…a ten year wait list was eliminated and for the longest time over 2,000 seats to each game were available. After starting 2-3 much of the media was on their high horse (no pun intended) claiming that the Colts would be better than expected but still only a 5 or 6 win team.
It is pretty simple to understand why the Colts lost this game. It came down to a bad offensive line unable to protect Andrew Luck, the Colts not capitalizing on long scoring drives, the Colts secondary getting out played by Boldin, and one big Ray Rice run. Outside of the technical football play the odds were stacked against the Colts the entire year and even more in this game. Not only were the Colts playing on the road but they were playing in a hostile environment. They were playing in an environment where the fan base is like a bunch of little girls - when you make them mad they hold a grudge - forever. The Colts moved to Indianapolis 29 years ago…get over it. They also had to go up against an emotional Raven’s team as their leader Ray Lewis put on his retirement show (nice dance Ray). Finally the Colts had to play without their rock this season, Bruce Arians, who got sick and couldn’t attend the game. (Happy to hear Bruce is doing well)!!
What I truly appreciate about Indianapolis Colt fans is that the majority won’t claim they thought this year would be a winning season. In fact I saw many tweets and Facebook posts thanking the Colts for an unbelievable and unexpected ride this season. No matter how disappointing our loss to the Ravens was yesterday those people have it right…the Colts early playoff exit still surpassed our greatest expectations of this team at the beginning of the year. Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow – Thank You Indianapolis Colts for an amazing season and thank you the reader for reading! Look for T.O.’s Take tomorrow and Mini Post 2 on Wednesday!
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