1. Colts left Frank Reich in charge of the offense
This is a point most Indianapolis Colts fans can agree on. Frank Reich may not be the best person calling plays for the offense right now. I don’t know if it’s hard for him to juggle being a head coach and offensive play caller or if he has lost his touch but something needs to change. He either needs to focus on being a head coach or focus on calling offensive plays. It looks like he can’t do both.
Looking at his head coaching work, he preached this offseason that the Colts wouldn’t get off to a slow start again. He played his starters deep into the preseason, more so than other teams, to avoid a slow start that inevitably happened. The team looks uninspired, there is no motivation or pressure, and there is no intensity. The team is lacking in all things a head coach is supposed to do. With Shaquille Leonard out, Indy is missing its on-field motivator but needs to find that either in another player or…their head coach.
Looking at his offensive play calling, he had his moments last year but was criticized more for being too cute and sacrificing points, not going to score more points, going for it on fourth, or not going for it on fourth. Again it’s easy for all of us to sit here and criticize his actions having never been in that moment or position.
However, this season he has already had a few questionable plays, like a wildcat call in Week 1 that made absolutely no sense. Indianapolis has one of the best, if not the best, running backs in the league yet he only got the ball 10 times in Week 2 (nine rushes and one reception). When you are down your two top receivers there’s no way you should only get Nyheim Hines the ball five times. He is an explosive player in space and could have been the catalyst for this offense. The play calling and lack of protection forced Ryan to throw the ball resulting in three interceptions on Sunday, making his season total four.
Not handing off the offensive play calling to Marcus Brady was maybe the biggest mistake this offseason. With 14 years of experience, Brady is in his fifth season with the Colts and second as the offensive coordinator. Prior to that, he was an assistant quarterbacks coach and quarterbacks coach. Why he isn’t working with Ryan on a deeper level and calling the plays seems a little puzzling right now. Something needs to change with Indy and this may be the easiest and most effective change the team can make.
The outlook is bleak for the Indianapolis Colts. Things don’t get any easier in the next two weeks as they face the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tennessee Titans, their third game against an AFC South rival in four weeks. If the Colts can’t turn things around by Week 4, big changes could be on the horizon.