Colts: Frank Reich’s comments on slow start aren’t encouraging at all

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - OCTOBER 17: Head coach Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - OCTOBER 17: Head coach Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

After their domination of the Houston Texans, Frank Reich and the Indianapolis Colts moved to 2-4 on the season. Considering the weak division they are in, the fact that Indy is in second place with their only wins coming against Jacoby Brissett and Davis Mills has to be incredibly frustrating.

This isn’t the first time that Reich and the Colts started poorly, as Indy was 1-5 to start off during his first season with the team in 2018. Luckily, they would go on a miracle run that sent them into the postseason thanks to a stretch in which they won nine of their 10 games.

The Titans are not going to slow down anytime soon, so the Colts might need a similarly dominant performance if they are going to defy the odds once again and make it to the postseason. Reich was quoted as saying this season feels just a bit different when compared to his first year on the job.

Reich said that he is feeling the same levels of disappointment and confusion as he did in 2018, hinting that the high expectations for Indianapolis this season in a weak division added to that storm of negativity.

In other words, this season is just as “gut-wrenching” as the 1-5 start a few years ago, and all they have to do is magically win nine of their next ten games again in order to get this thing straightened out and live up to expectations. Saying “we’ve done this before” might sound encouraging, but going on a hot streak like that is not likely, especially since this team was supposed to be so much better.

Can Frank Reich rally the Indianapolis Colts?

The Colts of four years ago could at least lean on the services of Andrew Luck, who could help a team overcome plenty of personnel errors due to his impeccable passing ability. Carson Wentz has been playing well of late, but this team does not have a roster worthy of a playoff spot at the moment, and that might make it harder for Reich to replicate 2018.

Indianapolis has a star in Jonathan Taylor, but they aren’t giving him the requisite carries needed for him to really pop. Injuries continue to hurt the wide receiver corps.

Before their get-right game against Mills, the defense was getting eviscerated. Plain and simple, the Colts are going to need plenty of luck and some crushing losses on behalf of the Titans in order to stay alive.

Reich is not a perfect coach, but if he gets both his inaugural team and the 2021 squad turned around as they make a push for the postseason, that would be one heck of an accomplishment to stick onto his resume.