Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 5/24/15
It is heartbreaking to even have to write this article, but it must be done. During the game I tweeted, win or lose, offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton will be a main focus of my criticism when it came time to write this article. So here it is: Pep Hamilton didn’t help his offense at all on their way to a loss against the Patriots. (Photo credit: Colts.com) Really? You start the game off calling a play for Jack Doyle? Not to mention the amount of times he was in the game was far too high. And then you have the audacity to call a FULLBACK SCREEN? To Stanley Havili! Why? Just why? Why is he even going out for passes at all? What kind of stupidity does it take to play your worst players and keep your better players on the bench? We saw at the end of the season how well the three receiver set was working for the Indianapolis Colts, yet Hamilton came out and tried running several plays off a two tight end set. What was he thinking! The answer is that he wasn’t thinking, not one bit. And those play-calls down inside the 10 with the game at a 21-12 were frustrating at best. I don’t mind calling two runs back to back to try to punch it in, but from those damn jumbo formations that haven’t worked all season, handing off to Trent Richardson? NO, just no. Speaking of Richardson: he had a wide open lane on a run to the left side and it was COMPLETELY obvious. Yet, for some reason he hesitated, shuffled his feet and got tackled instead of running for a big gain, like any other back in the NFL would’ve done. Ugh. I don’t understand why Hamilton resorted back to his old ways when we all thought he finally realized that the Colts don’t have the personnel to do the things he originally wanted to do. The worst part is he wasn’t the only problem the Colts had. As well as Andrew Luck played, and he had some spectacular plays, he made some critical errors. He threw one too many interceptions, most of which could’ve been avoided, outside of the Havili (THE FULLBACK!) drop, if Luck was being a little more intelligent with his throws. But, at the same time, Luck is the only reason the Colts had any sort of chance at all and you can’t blame him for trying to make something out of nothing, because the rest of his team was giving him minimal help. Including the defense. Who couldn’t stop my 13-year old brother from running it down their throats last night. LaRon Landry has been an awful waste of money for 95% of the season and had yet another atrocious outing against the New England Patriots. But really, nobody stood out on the defensive side of the ball. It was collectively a sad sight to see and they gave limited help to Luck and the offense. And most of the blame goes to defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. This is a collection of people wearing Colts jerseys and padding. Because that’s all the Indianapolis defense was against the New England Patriots. (Photo credit: Colts.com) The Colts were getting pressure when they were dialing up blitzes and attacking the middle of the offensive line, yet this barely happened. It was mostly just rushing four and hoping they can stop Tom Brady and the running game. Manusky is an awful coordinator and should be fired this off-season. And this isn’t a knee-jerk reaction, I have been saying this since last year and it SHOULD happen, but I doubt it will. But Chuck Pagano might’ve had the worst day of them all. Why call a timeout at the end of the first half, when the Patriots still have the ball in their hands, only to get another possession and run out the clock anyways. And why punt it in the fourth quarter with a 21-point deficit on a fourth-and-1? I hope Pagano is a fast learner because he has a lot of mistakes to correct this off-season. Finally, I want to spend a very small segment of this article talking about the referees. How can that be a pass interference call against Julian Edelman but none is called against a man jumping on top of T.Y. Hilton? Or even worse, when a Patriots defender took down Griff Whalen on a critical third down play? Yet the biggest moment of the game was when the Colts had the ball down 7 on a 2nd & 9. Luck had miles of open grass when he took off. Sure he made some mistakes but Andrew Luck was the only reason the Colts were even in the game: making some spectacular throws en route to a 43-22 loss. (Photo credit: Colts.com) Yet he was TRIPPED by a Patriots defender and stumbled to the ground. How do you miss such a crucial call? I understand they were only a few plays in the game, but a few plays can change the entire layout of a matchup. And those were some HUGE plays. I am not blaming the refs for the loss, but I am saying that they SEVERELY limited the Colts chance of winning this game. The zebras have been awful all season and Roger Goodell and the NFL front office really need to re-evaluate their refereeing crews and grading system. Regardless, congratulations to the Patriots and I hope they get smashed in the AFC Championship by Peyton Manning and company. It was a hell of a season for Colts fans, and the future looks bright in Indianapolis. Go Colts!
PLAYERS: Jack Doyle
TEAMS: Indianapolis Colts
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Ray McDonald arrested for violating restraining order

Braves, Dodgers complete six-player swap

USA Soccer, CONCACAF losers in FIFA’s ‘World Cup of fraud’

Report: Tom Brady suspension appeal date not set yet

Are the St. Louis Rams setting up Nick Foles for failure?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

LeBron: Didn't see Cavs reaching Finals at start of season

Pete Carroll: Communication with Russell Wilson is ‘great’

Mike Zimmer: Adrian Peterson can play for Vikings or not at all

RG3 misses 'having fun playing football' after two tough seasons

Houston mayor's office weighs in on Kaepernick Instagram post

Dallas Cowboys using drones to tape practice sessions

Jared Dudley: 'Melo is most overrated player in NBA

Garrick Sherman bashes NCAA in epic drunken Twitter rant

Adrian Peterson denies reports that he wants to be traded

Report: Bulls players told Tom Thibodeau will not be back

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders "gets it"

Bucs DE George Johnson is a dog show enthusiast

The 3-point shot has become a divisive metaphor in the NBA

Corey Crawford is the weakest link for the Blackhawks

Propaganda season begins with SEC spring meetings

Indians support Aviles, ailing daughter by shaving heads

McIlroy will donate his winnings if he wins Irish Open

Carlos Gomez on tiff with Bumgarner: 'He's not my dad'

Colts News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

USA Soccer, CONCACAF losers in FIFA’s ‘World Cup of fraud’

The 3-point shot has become a divisive metaphor in the NBA

Corey Crawford is the weakest link for the Blackhawks

Star player missing OTAs? Keep calm...

Transfer rumors: Drogba, Pirlo and Gomez linked to MLS

Cano's slump: The good news, bad news

Disappointments of the MLB season

UGA wants SEC to ban transfers with misconduct issues

Long's great reaction to Bears releasing McDonald

Crazy stats from the NBA Playoffs

Royals' Guthrie sets records in blowout

Bears cut McDonald after incident

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.