Following the Indianapolis Colts ugly 32-23 loss to the Cleveland Browns in Week 5, The Dan Dakich Show featured a frustrated DD putting things simply on Monday.
“Victory favors the team making the fewest mistakes,” Dan said clearly. “The Colts made a ton. They made so many mistakes. The first one was not putting competition around a guy who can’t play anymore in (Philip) Rivers.”
For the first time since Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Colts fans saw Rivers truly struggle. With no touchdowns and two interceptions, Rivers was responsible for nine of Cleveland’s 32 points. Seven came from a pick six, with the other two on a safety where he was called for intentional grounding on a pass thrown from the end zone.
Going in without tackle Anthony Castonzo, the Colts were rolling into uncharted waters with all-pro pass rusher Myles Garrett coming at Rivers all day. Star linebacker Darius Leonard was also out with a groin injury.
After Rivers threw two picks against Jacksonville to start the year, Frank Reich and the Colts simplified their attack. Rivers threw the ball less, Jonathan Taylor got more runs, and they went on a three game winning streak by beating the Vikings, Jets and Bears.
Rivers tossed the ball 33 times versus the Browns. On both occasions that Rivers has gone to the air more than 30 times this year, he has two interceptions in each game.
“Here’s the deal, I just don’t think a guy gets a pass because he’s in his first year,” DD said. “One of the reasons they brought (Rivers) in was because (Nick) Sirianni, Reich and all these guys knew him. Stop.”
Indianapolis got off to a big start when Taylor ran for a touchdown in the first quarter. But following the score, Taylor only ended up with 12 rushes on the day. Nyheim Hines had just three. In all, however, Dan said that the problems developing for the Colts right now starts under-center.
“It’s just simply about winning,” Dakich added. “You spent 25 million dollars and you think all of the sudden he’s going to be good? I wanted Cam Newton or Matthew Stafford. (New England) got Newton for one million dollars. You could have gotten Andy Dalton for a grilled cheese and a root beer.”
The Colts will welcome 2020 number one overall pick Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals to Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 6. Following that match-up, they’ll enter a key point of the season with the next five games coming against Detroit, Baltimore, Green Bay and Tennessee twice.