Indianapolis Colts: 3 plays vs Titans that prove coaching might be the problem
1. Xavier Rhodes’ Egregious Missed Tackle on AJ Brown
Execution, penalties and tackling all come down to discipline. Discipline is enforced by the coaching staff. So how did the supposed veteran leader of the Colts’ secondary put on this pitiful of a display?
In heartbreaking fashion, after Tyquan Lewis intercepted Ryan Tannehill, he stumbled, injured his knee, and fumbled the ball right back to Tennessee … with nobody nearby.
That gave the Titans another second chance, which the Colts were keen on gifting away after going up 14-0. The very next play? A 57-yard touchdown to AJ Brown to tie the game. Why did this happen? Because cornerback Xavier Rhodes decided to give up on the play.
What. Is. That? Instead of a 20-yard gain, with no guaranteed points, Rhodes’ pathetic attempt at tackling Brown resulted in 37 more yards and a touchdown with four minutes left in the half.
How do you not bench Rhodes after an effort like that? Put in literally anybody else and you’ll get better results. It’s not like Rhodes has been locking down receivers all year! He’s been injured and looks like the 2019 version of himself. Hasn’t been elevating this defense whatsoever outside of a solid performance against the 49ers in the pouring rain.
But more importantly, why is effort like this allowed to exist on this Colts team that we were told was filled with a combination of stars and underdogs ready to prove the entire world wrong?