The Colts lost another close game 20-16 against the Eagles. While this has become a theme over the last few years, it will change with time.
Young teams need to learn how to win. That comes with time and experience. But until that time comes, it can be a painful experience to go through. That is case with the Indianapolis Colts right now, and it hasn’t been pretty early on in the season.
The Colts don’t have composure. That is because they’re team is so young. Getting composure takes maturity and understanding. You have to understand what happens when you lose so you can learn from it and make sure that it doesn’t happen again.
It’s the same thing with team discipline. The Colts have a very little amount of that. Evidence of that showed against the Eagles when they got called for 11 penalties, including 4 on defense as the Eagles mounted a game-winning touchdown drive.
Part of learning to win is learning how to keep a lead. The Colts have now lost a second half lead in two of their first three games of the season. Part of that is on the defense, but a lot of it has been on the offense. They have been too conservative and haven’t been able to execute.
Some of that goes on the coaching staff. Frank Reich and company need to be more aggressive late in the game. Keeping the offense on the field means the other team can’t score with their offense. That is the best way to keep leads and win games.
The Colts will learn and grow from their early season failures. All of this adversity will make them a better team in the future.