Colts Tuesday Notebook: NFL Tells Colts They Made Error In Costly Denico Autry Penalty

Colts Tuesday Notebook: NFL Tells Colts They Made Error In Costly Denico Autry Penalty

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Colts Tuesday Notebook: NFL Tells Colts They Made Error In Costly Denico Autry Penalty

On Tuesday, we heard from Colts coordinators Nick Sirianni and Matt Eberflus. What else was learned on the Colts having their first meetings of the week?

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INDIANAPOLIS – The sour taste the Colts had leaving Los Angeles on Sunday isn’t feeling much better 48 hours later.


A walk-through and some team meetings greeted the Colts on Tuesday, before returning to practice on Wednesday afternoon.


Here are some Tuesday tidbits from the Colts, with the coordinators meeting the media:


  • First, a Colts’ team source confirmed the NFL admitted to the team that the Denico Autry unnecessary roughness penalty from Sunday should not have been called. The Colts sent the play into the league to be reviewed. And the league’s response? “They said it was not the right call,” the Colts’ source said. The play cost the Colts 4 points, with the Chargers offense going back onto the field and scoring a touchdown two plays later, after the Autry penalty occurred on the field goal attempt.
  • Matt Eberflus wants to see better tackling and more consistency from his defense moving forward. The Colts allowed 6.3 yards per carry to the Chargers running backs on Sunday. “A lot of time in the run game it comes down to simple, A, B, C football, you’ve got the A-gap, you’ve got the B-gap, you’ve got the C-gap. Then playing that technique, with violence and swiftness and taking on your responsibility. Eberflus said poor tackling is something he’s seen early in the season in previous years “Tackling comes down to a few things, the angles which you pursue when you are going to tackle, then it’s technique and desire after that. You have to take pride in your tackling ability, as a player.” Eberflus noted that the Colts missed some tackles by not having the correct thought process down of making the tackle first, before trying to force a turnover. “It’s got to be in the right order: hit, wrap and then strip. Sometimes you get those things out of order.” This was seen on the Austin Ekeler touchdown off of a screen pass in the 3rd quarter, when Darius Leonard and Pierre Desir missed tackles.
  • On the ‘loaf’ front, things weren't too alarming in that realm for the Colts on Sunday. Eberflus said the Colts were just slightly below average on loafs. “We are searching to have a 90 percent ‘hustle rate,’” the defensive coordinator said. Eberflus added the Colts were in the 80s on Sunday, a number they hovered around a lot last year.
  • Eberflus was asked about the surprising move to have second-year DT-Tyquan Lewis inactive in the opener. Well, Eberflus wasn’t in the sharing mood: “That’s a Coach Frank question,” the defensive coordinator said on Tuesday. So, we will check with Frank Reich on Wednesday for why Lewis was inactive, as Jihad Ward dressed over the 2018 second-round pick.
  • This was the rookie breakdown of defensive snaps on Sunday: CB-Rock Ya-Sin (43 of 64 snaps), DE-Ben Banogu (28 of 64 snaps), S-Khari Willis (16 of 64 snaps) and LB-Bobby Okereke (15 of 64 snaps). Even if there were some rocky moments for a few rookies, don’t expect their playing time to be dialed back. “Those guys are going to be a big part of who we are this year,” Eberflus said on Tuesday. “And the only way to get better is to play. Those guys are going to continue to play.”
  • Second-year defensive end Kemoko Turay took advantage of no Russell Okung at left tackle on Sunday. Turay had a strip/sack, and had another one waved off by a Justin Houston offsides penalty. “The things we did well, one of them was pressuring the quarterback,” Eberflus said on Tuesday. Improved technique along with having a ‘model’ in Justin Houston has helped Turay in Year Two, Eberflus said.
  • Speaking of Houston, the Colts will continue to move Houston around the defensive line, Eberflus said on Tuesday. Clearly, the Colts wanted to use more of a speed rusher to take advantage of the Chargers using their backup left tackle. On third down, Houston was often an interior rusher from the left defensive tackle position. Looking ahead to Week Two, the Titans are without their normal left tackle in Taylor Lewan (who is suspended for the first 4 games of the season).
  • The two-point conversion from Sunday was a run/pass option that Jacoby Brissett had the authority to make the call at the line of scrimmage. After a drive in which the Colts ran it 11 times, Brissett liked the numbers he saw in going with the run call. Offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni loved the 11-man group effort the Colts got to tie the score: “The 5 offensive linemen, and Jack (Doyle) willed us in right there. Marlon (Mack) wasn’t going to be denied. You can see the push they got off the ball. Marlon had a little second effort because they were playing downhill hard. Zach Pascal has a block on a linebacker on that play that is incredible. I told Zach today that hopefully he knows this, that’s the biggest complement I can give him, I hope Jacob Sirianni, my son, plays football the way you do. And I made it very clear to the offensive line that my son is not going to be built like them (laughs). Zach was just incredible on that play. It was just a full team effort to tie that football game up.
  • With Devin Funchess now out for at least two months, here’s a look at the wide receiver snap counts and targets from Sunday: T.Y. Hilton (56-of-63 snaps, 9 targets), Devin Funchess (36 snaps, 5 targets), Chester Rogers (25 snaps, 0 targets), Zach Pascal (23 snaps, 0 targets), Parris Campbell (18 snaps, 1 target), Deon Cain (11 snaps, 2 targets). Those are some high snap counts for Rogers and Pascal to not have a single target. You have to think Cain will see his snaps and targets rise. And you’d like to see the targets rise for Campbell as well, with the Colts wanting a few more chunk plays.
  • Tuesday brought the official roster announcement of sending Devin Funchess to injured reserve for at least 8 weeks. The Colts didn't make a corresponding roster move. This opens up a spot on the 53-man roster, so that's something to monitor the rest of the week.
  • The kicking brigade tryouts have started around the NFL. In New York, the Jets worked out a handful of guys after first-time kicker Kaare Vedvik missed an extra point and a 45-yard field goal. The Jets then ended up signing Sam Ficken on Tuesday while parting ways with Vedvik. Will the Colts have to go down this route at some point in 2019? After what happened in Week 1 with Adam Vinatieri, such a question isn’t the craziest thought in the world.
  • The Colts are in their regular season routine: meetings on Tuesday, practice/meetings on Wednesday-Friday. Monday is the team’s mandatory off day under Frank Reich.

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