11′ Colts vs. 08′ Pats

There is a reason the Colts are 0-11 this season and it is not all because Peyton Manning got injured. I’m not saying they are a playoff team without him, but they are not an 0-11 team. Tom Brady went down week one of the 2008 season and the Patriots finished 11-5. When you lose you’re All-Pro QB for the full season you are forced to change your offense, not keep it the same as the Colts have this year. The Colts pass/rush ratio is 32.9/22.5. A difference of over 10 more passes than rushes per game. Why would you revolve your team’s offense around the passing game with a quarterback you know can’t throw the ball? In 2008 when Brady got injured the Patriots pass/rush ratio was 33.3/32.1. A difference of just over 1 more passes than rushes each game. When you lose your star quarterback you must change your offense around your other strengths. The Patriots used a running tandem of Sammy Morris, Green-Ellis, Faulk, and LaMont Jordan. You can’t tell me that’s a better tandem than Joseph Addai, Donald Brown, and Delone Carter. We all know the Patriots as a passing team, but in 2008 they were forced to change their strategy and the results showed. When Jim Caldwell gets fired at the end of this season everyone will be saying it was undeserved because Manning was injured, and that certainly is not the case.

7 thoughts on “11′ Colts vs. 08′ Pats

  1. I didn’t think the Colts would be THIS bad. However, this team was built to be Manning’s baby, and it’s come back to bite them in the ass. Oh, and nice coaching Jim Caldwell…

    • I’m not blaming that on the exact reason why they are 0-11. Yes, the rest of their team is not good and theres no denying that. Are you trying to say the 2008 Patriots offensive line wasn’t built around the pass rush? Patriots have had a passing offense for a long time, they adapted and changed to their strengths. Bottom line: If you know your quarterback is awful, figure a way to make it work by running the ball or simply putting your QB in a better position to win. Ex. 2011 49ers.

  2. I totally agree that they should not be a 0-11 team without Peyton. But in reference to that pass:rush ratio- it is actually quite flawed. The reason behind the differences in the ’08 Patriots ratio for the colts this year is reflected in the record. The Colts don’t have the luxury of running late in games considering they are losing in every game, thus bloating their pass attempts in the end of the game. The Patriots in ’08 on the other hand were able to effectively balance their offense due to being in games in the second half and not having to get away from their gameplan. If the Colts could rush late in games, they would, but that just isn’t the case and they are forced into sucking. Where is Jim Sorgi when you need him?

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