Hits And Misses: Darius Leonard Gets Back To All-Pro Self

Hits And Misses: Darius Leonard Gets Back To All-Pro Self

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Hits And Misses: Darius Leonard Gets Back To All-Pro Self

Let’s take a look at the good and the bad from the Colts (5-4) suffering an embarrassing loss to the Dolphins (2-7) in Week 10.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Here’s our latest ‘hits and misses’ piece on 1070TheFan.com highlighting the good and bad from the previous game.

One of the most pathetic performances we’ve seen in quite some time occurred for the Colts in Week 10. It was a lot of bad, and very little good, from the Colts in losing 16-12 to the Dolphins.

What was the good and bad from the Colts dropping to 5-4 on the season?

Hits

-Darius Leonard: This was the All-Pro Leonard that we hadn’t seen as much of this season. Leonard was dominant against the Dolphins and did everything he could to make sure the Colts were in this one. He had 13 tackles (2 for loss) 1 sack, 2 passes defensed, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble. The impactful plays were back in a big, big way from The Maniac. Did anyone notice the ‘Dwight Freeney salute’ from Leonard after a couple of plays on Sunday? This was the best 60 minutes of football we’ve seen from Leonard this season and reminiscent of some of those historical performances he had last season.

-Halftime Was Cool: Um, I guess we are searching hard for another ‘hit’ from Sunday. Seriously though, I’m a big fan of the Ring of Honor inductions. Dwight Freeney was such a disruptive force for opposing offenses to try and handle. It’s pretty crazy that Freeney, who is the 16th inductee into the Colts Ring of Honor, became the first defensive player to go in. Obviously, Robert Mathis will be joining his pass rushing mate up there very shortly.

 

Misses

 

-Brian Hoyer’s Decision Making: As I mentioned on Sunday, the Colts didn’t give Brian Hoyer enough practice reps with the starting offense last week. Having said that, Hoyer’s decision making was a major miss on Sunday. The second and third interceptions looked more like a quarterback playing in the preseason finale, and not a guy making $12 million. On the final drive, Hoyer had a few more low percentage throws even though the Colts had plenty of clock and all three of their timeouts.

 

-Adam Vinatieri: Is this the 4th or 5th time we’ve had Adam Vinatieri in the ‘miss’ category this season? For this week, let’s focus on the extra point issue. Vinny has missed 6 extra points this season. His 70 percent success rate (14-of-20) is one of the worst in NFL history, especially since the new extra point rule was implemented in 2015. With the league averaging better than 93 percent on PATs this season, Vinny continues to be a major problem on a play that has impacted this team so often, thanks to the constant one-score nature through all 9 games.

 

-Support From Offensive Strength: The Colts have had their starting offensive line intact for all 9 games this season. That’s a dream. But the last few weeks have not had many dreamy moments for that group. They’ve allowed 10 sacks in the last three weeks. And the rushing offense on Sunday was held nearly a full yard below (3.8 yards per carry) Miami’s terrible season-long average (4.75 yards per carry allowed). Against the Dolphins, we saw more communication/identification issues, with the running backs and tight ends also struggling to hold up in the protection standpoint. The Colts need better from what’s supposed to be an elite strength of their team.

 

-Not Taking Advantage Of Schedule: A few weeks back, the conversation surrounding the Colts was about them competing for a No. 2 seed/possible bye. Now, the Colts (5-4) are a full game back of the AFC South lead (Houston is 6-3) and are on the wrong side of some important head-to-head tiebreakers in the Wild Card picture. Currently, the Colts are 8th in the AFC. They’ve missed an opportunity the past two weeks to get a few games above .500 entering a tough close to the season.

 

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