Notes & Quotes – Colts Struggles Continue

From Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

It’s one of those types of seasons for the Indianapolis Colts. They came into the season without their leader and best player QB Peyton Manning. They knew coming into Sunday’s game they had offensive line problems as two starters and one backup were on the inactive list for the game.

And then, after he got off to a fast start, the Colts offense lost RB Joseph Addai to a right hamstring injury. It came late in the first quarter, after Addai had already run the ball 6 times for 19 yards. He also had a catch for 6 yards.

Addai left the field with 3 minutes, 27 seconds to play and did not return. It took away one of the Colts best weapons to pair with unproven QB Curtis Painter. Green Bay couldn’t get any type of consistent running game with Addai and they were not able to run or pass in the second half.

“We certainly didn’t do as well as we could’ve in terms of converting some third downs and putting some points on the board as well,” said Colts head coach Jim Caldwell. “We just did not function well. We just haven’t been able to finish games and that was the key.

“They (Chiefs) performed well, and we didn’t perform nearly as well as we needed to.”


With not only the roof open but the windows in the north end of the stadium open, it was about as close to outdoors as anyone could get inside a stadium.

The crowd was not a full house, but all the Colts tickets are spoken for this season, so they don’t have to worry about the bottom dropping out of the ticket sales in 2011. Now, 2012 is another matter.

Plenty of Chiefs fans in the house, as red shirts were sprinkled throughout the sections and levels of the dome.


RYAN SUCCOP – It was a quiet day for the Chiefs kicker. He didn’t attempt a field goal, was 4-for-4 on PAT kicks and his kickoffs were all touchbacks with one exception.

DUSTIN COLQUITT – It was a good day for the Chiefs punter, as he booted punts of 36, 39, 43, 60, 45 and 46 yards. Only one was returned, for just two yards. Three others produced fair catches. Colquitt put two punts down inside the 20-yard line.

JAVIER ARENAS – Tough day for Arenas on returns, as he was unable to break anything. He had four punt returns, but averaged just 9.8 yards with a 14-yard long. He didn’t get a chance to return a kickoff as they all went for touchbacks.

COVERAGE – There wasn’t much to cover for the Chiefs, as they allowed only two yards on one punt return and 18 yards on the only kickoff return. Tackles went to LBs Cory Greenwood and Cameron Sheffield.


The crew of Carl Cheffers worked the game and they made themselves very busy. Overall, they walked off only nine penalties for 79 yards, but they threw far more flags than that and there were numerous replay reviews called for from the booth. Neither Todd Haley nor Jim Caldwell threw their red flags, but Cheffers seemed to be sticking his head in the video booth every other minute.

Here’s what they did with the Chiefs:


Offender Penalty



Brandon Carr Pass Int.



Amon Gordon 12 men on field



Amon Gordon 0ffsides



Barry Richardson Holding



Leonard Pope Holding



Brandon Flowers Holding



Matt Cassel Int. Grounding



Dwayne Bowe Delay of Game



Jalil Brown Offside-punt ret.


Brown was lucky. Late in the fourth quarter the Colts faced a 4th-and-11 situation and then sent the punt team on the field even though there was just 2:37 left to play. But Brown was offside on the punt that went for a touchback, and the Colts faced 4th-and-6 to go and decided to send the offense back out.

Luckily for Brown, the Chiefs defense stopped the Colts play and the ball went over to the K.C. offense.


Inactive players for the Chiefs were QB Ricky Stanzi, S Reshard Langford, OT Steve Maneri, WR Jerheme Urban, WR Jonathan Baldwin, DE Brandon Bair and NT Jerrell Powe.

Baldwin fans were disappointed by his spot on the inactive list, but it really came down to special teams contributions and it’s hard to see where he fits in that picture given he’s not a returner.

At strong safety, Jon McGraw was back in the starting lineup, displacing Donald Washington who had played there for the last game and a half when McGraw suffered a shin injury.

Andy Studebaker got his first start of the season at OLB, going in for the base defense for rookie Justin Houston. And Houston, was moved to the sub-defense where he replaced LB Cameron Sheffield as a pass rusher opposite Tamba Hali.

Inactive players for the Colts were QB Kerry Collins, QB Peyton Manning, CB Kevin Thomas, OT Mike Tepper, G Ryan Diem, OT Anthony Castonzo and DT Drake Nevis.

Diem and Castonzo were starters at RG and LT. Part of the changes in the offensive line had RT Jeff Linkenbach moving to LT, Mike Pollak at RG and Quinn Ojinnaka at RT.

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