The Colts were a disaster in their loss to the Titans, falling 31-17. The biggest reason for that was their special teams unit, which was once again a dumpster fire.
The Colts might need a new special teams coach. That’s how bad it’s been so far this season. There isn’t a single aspect of the special teams that I can say is playing really well or up to their capability. Here are the grades from today’s miserable performance.
Adam Vinatieri missed three kicks today. He had two of them blocked and one was returned for a touchdown. The first one that was blocked was Vinny’s fault because he kicked it way too low. The one that was returned for a touchdown was not his fault.
It was the fault of the blocking, which wasn’t even remotely close to good. They got completely overwhelmed on the right side and let the block happen. It was the easiest touchdown I’ve seen scored all year. This entire unit needs to be overhauled in the offseason.
Rigoberto Sanchez was used three times today. He did pin one inside the 20-yard line as well. The punt coverage team was pretty good as well. They could have used some of that solid play on the field goal side of things. Then maybe the Colts would’ve had a chance.
Nyheim Hines had a punt return of 23 yards today, which is pretty long for this team. He did a decent job filling in for Chester Rogers, who got hurt early in the game. The Colts’ coverage unit for kickoffs and punts were good. Tennessee only had two returns for a total of 8 yards.
The kicking game continues to cost this team victories. It’s the worst unit in the league and it’s not even close. Everyone involved needs to be replaced.