An ugly season ended with an ugly loss as the Colts got embarrassed in Jacksonville 38-20. The team can now focus on improving this disastrous roster.
This season started with so much promise. The roster was primed to do some damage not just in the AFC South, but in the AFC in general. Then Andrew Luck retired, and the team never really got over it. The season mercifully has ended today with a loss to the Jaguars.
Jacoby Brissett has completely imploded over the last half of the season. Over the last 8 games of the season, he threw 4 touchdowns. That is so incredibly bad. His inability to throw the ball down the field completely crippled the Colts down the stretch.
After starting the season 5-2, they finished with a paltry 2-7 record. Injuries certainly played a part in this awful season, but they can’t blame them for today’s loss. They gave up 38 points to a rookie 6th round pick quarterback. It was a complete team failure.
The only two players who showed up were Marlon Mack and T.Y. Hilton. Mack had 77 yards on just 15 carries and 2 touchdowns. He was the only consistent source of ball movement on offense. The other player was T.Y. Hilton, who had 3 catches for 72 yards.
Missing in all of the Brissett conversation is how poorly the coaching staff has adjusted over the last half of the year. The defense seemed to regress, and in turn that put more pressure on the offense. Neither unit was good enough to win games by themselves.
Surprisingly, the only unit that played well today was the special teams. Chase McLaughlin made all five of his kicks, including both field goals. His long was 50 yards. Nyheim Hines continued his great punt returning, although he didn’t get an opportunity to do it often.
Now that the season is finally over, the team can move into the offseason and start reshuffling their roster. Expect a lot of changes to happen between now and next September.