LVP stands for the least valuable player. It shouldn’t be hard to discern who that is for the Colts at the halfway point of this 2019 season.
The Colts have done better in the first half of the season than a lot of people thought they would. They are 5-3 right now through 8 games. But quite honestly, they could have two more wins on their schedule. They should have two more wins. The reason they don’t is because of their LVP.
That man is Adam Vinatieri. Vinatieri hasn’t kicked well at all this season. In the opener, he cost the team a total of 7 points. The Colts lost by 6, in overtime. If he makes even one of those kicks, the Colts win in regulation. But it hasn’t stopped there unfortunately.
Last week in Pittsburgh, his bad kicking reared its ugly head again. He missed another extra point and the game-winning field goal from 43 yards out. If it weren’t for Vinatieri’s terrible kicking, the Colts would be 7-1 and tied with the Patriots for the top spot in the AFC.
The fact that the Colts have refused to do anything about his terrible kicking is ridiculous. I understand he is a leader on this team, but leaders need to be held for their accountability too. The fact that he still has his job shows that the organization is gutless when they need to make tough decisions.
Vinatieri has missed a total of 10 kicks in 8 games. That won’t cut it. If he isn’t better in the second half of the season, the Colts won’t be making the playoffs. It’s as simple as that. They need someone who is consistent at kicker, and they don’t have that player right now.