Which Colts are trending up, and which are trending down heading into week two?
Jack Doyle, tight end: Following his offseason contract extension Doyle proved the Colts why they signed him, being the most reliable target on offense and a blanket for Scott Tolzien when he was not throwing pick sixes. Doyle earned the highest game grade by Pro Football Focus for anyone on the Colts. Simply put, Doyle was the best Colt on the field on Sunday.
Al Woods, nose tackle: The Rams running game was contained through most of the game and that was mainly due because of Al Woods’ play. The nose tackle was consistently pushing off blockers and drawing double teams, and opening spaces for his teammates to make plays. Let’s hope his injury is not serious and he continues building on his solid performance.
John Simon, outside linebacker: Simon followed up his awesome preseason with solid play on Sunday. It is quite difficult to find bright spots after a 46-9 trashing, but Simon showed a huge motor and never gave up on any play, despite being down by a wide margin. Simon continued playing his heart out and leaving it all on the field. He can be a future leader for this defense and right now looks like the best Free Agent signing of this class
Scott Tolzien, quarterback: Very few single plays went right for Tolzien, who was benched midway through the fourth quarter for a quarterback that has been with the team for less than a week, and said quarterback (Jacoby Brissett) outplayed Tolzien in just 3 snaps. There are no words to describe how awful Tolzien’s performance was, so I will just quote his stats.
9-18, 128 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs (Both returned for TDs), no 3rd downs converted, sacked 4 times. The entire Colts fan base is asking for this guys head, and rightfully so.
Adam Vinatieri, kicker: Father time might just have won the battle against Vinatieri, or at least it seems it has the upper hand. Vinatieri missed a 38 yard field goal and yanked an extra point. His performance was not decisive, but it is worrying that even one of the Colts most reliable players is starting to fail. Vinatieri still will have plenty of opportunities to prove Sunday’s game was just a bad day, but if there is a tight game the Colts cannot afford the hazard of an inconsistent kicker.
Deyshawn Bond, center: Bond was awful on Sunday, not only protecting against the rush, or opening holes for the running game, but he also cost the Colts valuable possessions, ruined because of his bad snaps. Bond never seemed comfortable in his starting spot, and Ryan Kelly is most certainly missed.
T.J. Green, cornerback: It is appalling how Green played the second most snaps on the defense. After failing miserably at safety on his rookie year Ballard converted Green into a cornerback, where his blazing speed would serve him best. The experiment certainly failed on Week 1 with Green getting burnt several times, most noticeably by rookie Cooper Kupp on an 18 yard touchdown pass.
Chuck Pagano, head coach: Pagano’s season on the hot seat certainly has not started off with the right foot, as the Colts suffered their biggest blowout in a season opener in the Super Bowl Era. The Colts were out played in EVERY facet of the game and the blame of that mainly falls on Pagano. The fact that he was out coached by a 30 year old coach in his first game is humiliating. Pagano also cost the Colts an early touchdown by not challenging the ruling on a Marlon Mack catch that should have been a touchdown, instead he stupidly tried to catch the Rams defense off guard, which did not happen, and the Colts had to settle for a red zone field goal.