Saturday, September 26, 2015

Falling sky

Tomorrow night we'll be treated to a super moon lunar eclipse, a confluence of celestial events that happens once in a, well, blue moon. Or at least not terribly often.

Last time it happened? 1982.

This is the Blob's way of reminding everyone that stuff eventually happens, even if it doesn't happen every day.  And that brings us, by a torturously circuitous route, to the Indianapolis Colts, who wheeze into Nashville tomorrow with large chunks of plaster falling off them and their captain and first officer fighting among themselves.

All of this has led to an 0-2 start that doesn't feel like last year's 0-2 start, because last year Andrew Luck was not dead last in QBR among the NFL's starting quarterbacks, with five interceptions and just three touchdowns. The only saving grace, everyone seems to agree, is that the Colts now enter the AFC South portion of the program, which helped them get better last year and is presumed to have the same curative effect this time around.

I'm not sure about that. Because, Super Moon Lunar Eclipse.

It doesn't happen often, but it does happen, which means the Colts (and their fans) would do well to exercise some caution before putting tomorrow in the win column. Like the SMLE, Tennessee rarely beats the Colts, either. But that doesn't mean it can't happen, even if the Titans have beaten Indy only once since October 2008.

This Colts team, after all, seems profoundly more vulnerable than previous teams. And you can lay at the feet of both GM Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano, the aforementioned feuding captain and first officer.

Grigson, for his part, has put together a horribly flawed team, and his gem, Luck, has paid the heaviest price for it. For some reason Grigson didn't draft an offensive lineman until the seventh round back in April, even though the O-line clearly was the Colts' most critical area of need. And he didn't do much in the offseason to help out a defense that couldn't stop anyone when it counted last year, either.

And so the Colts are what they are: An odd mix of young players and aging veterans, some of whom are aging more rapidly than others. The O-line is a forest fire; you could see that in the preseason game against the Bears, whose awful defensive front was still able to pressure Luck against the first-team Colts OL. Anyone who saw that could hardly have been shocked by what the Bills and Jets did to them.

That said ... Pagano hasn't held up his end, either. If he's the one who must make do with the mess he's been given, the making do has yet to commence. Against the both the Bills and Jets the Colts looked ill-prepared, sloppy and unmotivated -- the latter a shocking turn of events given that Pagano is one of the game's great motivators.

And so, on to Tennessee, which has its own issues but has a budding star in Marcus Mariota. Faced with a Colts D that has no real playmakers, he should continue his so-far encouraging progress. And that does not bode well for the Colts, whose issues on the offensive side of the football are starting to look chronic.

In other words: 0-3 looks possible. And then the bailing -- and the throwing over the side of the parties judged most guilty -- will begin in earnest.


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