I'm Laurence Owen.
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And it's Wednesday.
You know what that means? Time for another all 22 film room breakdown.
Today, I'm going to go over, um, the Colts passing woes against Chicago.
Who's the blame on that? Uh, was the offensive line just not doing their job.
Was the wide receivers unable to catch the football or get separation? Was rivers to blame in this? Or let's face it, the bears have a really good defense.
Was they the reason that Philip Rivers, for the first time all season so far thrown under 70% completion percentage? I'm not gonna wait too long.
I mean, there's a bunch of stuff that needs to go through here.
This is a nice, long breakdown.
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All right, So before I really get started too much, I want to say one thing.
I don't understand why Frank Reich was not giving Brandon Smith help.
Ah, lot of this game because Brandon Smith gave up seven pressures all by himself in this game all by himself.
When you're facing off against Khalil Mack, you need to bring a tight end in Once in a while.
The majority of time helped chip him make his job easier against Khalil Mack.
Alright, because Mac is getting pressure on Rivers.
Ah, lot this game, and that's going to affect his timing and his accuracy of his passes.
So when you're looking at completion, percentage is where he's passing the football.
How accurate is passing decision making things of that nature pressure has a lot to do with it.
And when you are facing against somebody who is an All Pro at passing the rusher are passing rushing the passer.
One of these days, I'll learn English.
You got to give that guy help and Brandon Smith done a great job normally.
But against all pro guys, Brandon Smith is not that guy, especially when he's a when you got guys who could turn speed in the power of the way Khalil Mack can.
And what's even weirder is Marc Wolinsky, Whoever who? All of us who break film down, talk about the weak link, so to speak, of the Colts offensive line had his best game against the King Hicks.
Can you believe that? Yes, in this game, Mark Lewinsky had an outstanding game.
But breaking down the player right here, Let's watch.
All right, so first off he is.
Rivers the entire time.
Stared down the entire time, was staring down Trey Burton on this first pass.
Play to Trey, staring him down.
Look, his eyes were right over here, right at him.
He goes inside and then cuts back outside.
Susie makes that cut.
Then Rivers throws the football, but he's staring him down the whole time.
First off, that's bad.
Second off that ball hits him dead in the hands, right in front, right where you want to throw the football right where you want to throw the football and trade drops it first things first.
This is Trace first game as a colt has been on i R for the last three weeks.
Okay, Is not up to speed yet.
New guy with Indianapolis.
He should not have as many targets as Trey Burton. Half.
I think he had nine targets in this game.
You should have been given it The guys who have been showing early on anyhow.
I think what this was was rivers really rivers and right, Really trying to get him into the game plan early on.
But I think they should have weaned him in instead of just throwing it hard core at him early on.
But yeah, this was not a good situation.
This was not a good pass right here.
And as you said, Watch, watch, Mark.
He gives up a little bit of yardage and then stiffens up.
I love this entire game how Mark Lewinsky gives up a little bit of yards that stiffens his back and then stops him on lee so far in.
Okay, So at the beginning of the season, after we got Trey Burton, I was pounding the table.
I was like, Frank, right needs to come up with a lot of three tight end formations.
Three tight ends And then I saw this play and I was jumping for joy.
Oh, my goodness.
Three tight ends Jack, Mo and Trey.
They've been able to do that because trades been on IR and Jackson hurt the last couple weeks, so heck, yeah, I was excited. His head.
Now why? Why was I excited? Why was I pounding the table? Because this is a big formation.
And look, you got all 11 defenders right now.
123456789 10 11 9 yards or closer to the line of scrimmage.
They're thinking, Run.
There's three freaking tight ends.
No, you pass out of this formation once in a while, and that's what they do here to set him up for the run game later.
They are passing out of this formation, and I have no problem.
Keeping too tight ends back to block coming out of this, no problem at all, which means I have no problem with Trey Burton coming out as a receiver because Mohali Cox and Jack Doyle are much better blockers and Trey Burton.
But you need mawr than two people going out for a route and all you have Is the wide receiver and Trey Burton going out for a route right here? No, he minds is supposed to go out for a route.
But let's watch, actually, what happens here, huh? What's this? He stops the block.
Are you kidding me? He stops the block.
Are you out of your mind? You can't do that, man.
All right, So as this play happens, watch good initial good contact, right? Kelly's got his man A C and Nelson.
Right? You got good blocks all the way down the line.
It looks like Kelly might be beat, but he ends up, uh, help.
Recovering really quickly pushes him out.
At this point, Rivers is looking deep to the receiver.
First off, but the receiver has over under help.
He's got deep safety help.
He can't throw to him because he's got a guy right on him and then a guy deep safety.
So there's only two options you got, Trey Burton.
You've gotten him.
Heinz now has to play.
Develops right now is the time Rivers should throw that football, Burton, But his eyes hasn't turned to that yet.
Problem number two What the hell is the him Heinz doing? He ain't got time to stop and chipped block somebody when they've already got him.
Well, here a C s got his man blocked out way out here. Watch. Watch.
Hold on, hold on.
He not only blocks him, but he takes the block away from a C.
He goes in full force.
Takes the block completely away from Anthony Castonzo here before he decides.
And then, if you've seen because he does that because he does that Look what the defensive end does to him.
He just shoves him.
Takes him completely out of his route.
Heinz should have been way out there already as an option for Rivers because he would have probably been the better option out of all these because he could have caught the ball, hit the edge and ran.
Probably got a first down, if not close to it.
Now he throws to Trey.
Now he throws to try a little, a little late or a little early, depending upon how you look at this.
Either way, his timing is messed up.
He either needs to throw it now.
Here, right before Rock one could get to the thrilling lane where in which Britain should be able to catch the football or wait a little while until trade gets passed him and then throw it near the edge.
But he had to hold the ball too long for this play to develop.
The pressure gets by.
He's got two guys coming in on.
He has to get rid of this.
Football has to.
And because he had to, he had to throw this.
Basically, he had to throw the football away.
He threw it to a point on the field where no one could get the ball.
And I think either a is just a bad design play.
Because the him Heinz should have never stopped.
Never, ever stopped to hit to help a c.
Not when a C has him already all locked up, period.
All right, now, if there was, if he was having an issue and the defensive end will certainly get around him fine.
Then you come in, you chipping back into a C.
But a C had him locked up.
He should have sprinted out to the edge they wouldn't available keep up with and they would have had a huge amount of room here.
But because he stopped the chip, the linebacker here was able to keep up with him.
Just not a good look on the offense at all.
It was just a bad play.
Bad design play shouldn't have been used, all right, so in this game, the Bears had 14 pressures on Philip Rivers.
Okay, that's that's almost equal to what the Colts had the previous three games combined.
Now credit to the defense of Chicago.
Great great defense.
Chuck Pagano, Very good defensive coordinator.
I know it sounds weird to say.
I mean, granted he was the head coach of the Colts, but to be fair, great defense of coordinator because he draws up a great play here.
But this play right here, this is on Kelly.
This pressures on Kelly not directly because of Kelly, but because Kelly was not aware of its surroundings.
Chuck Pagano's about tohave Khalil Mack not come in for the pressure.
He's gonna have Khalil Mack on Jack Doyle, which means only these three defensive linemen are coming in now.
If Kelly was paying attention, let's watch he would watch if he was paying attention, he would see as he snaps the football.
That linebacker right here is coming up.
He should have seen that and immediately took that defensive end so that Nelson was not between a rock and a hard place on choosing who he's gonna block.
Kelly could have seen him coming up.
Took the defensive tackle right at the snap.
Instead, he didn't even see him came over here When there's three guys now blocking one dude, three guys blocking one and two on three.
Like I said, great defensive called by Chuck Pagano by bringing the extra man in a place that the Colts just weren't ready for and didn't expect right.
They did not expect that fourth guy to be, ah, middle linebacker, And it only gave Rivers two seconds, two seconds to get rid of this football literally, he had to throw it away.
That's happened a few times, and that's just because Kelly did not happen to see right as this ball snap.
You see him coming up.
Kelly should have been looking, and he didn't all on Kelly.
My guys all on Kelly.
So sometimes incompletions just ain't on the receivers.
Sometimes it ain't on the quarterback.
Ah, lot of times.
It's all on the offensive line and credit to the defense, because sometimes the defense just has a great play and executes perfectly.
Okay, so sometimes there's a big problem here.
Look, we're inside the 20 big Red zone.
Deficiencies for the Colts so far this season is red zone efficiency.
They're not able to get touchdowns now.
I want to point out the first down marker is at the six yard line.
Okay, six yard line.
So you need to get to about the five yard line in order to get a first down.
And then, of course, you know anything past.
That's fine, but you want to get to the five yard line.
So let's watch this play and see how it unfolds.
Okay? And watch Watts Rivers head.
Look where he's looking the whole time.
Same place he doesn't wait.
Use those football and through it to Zach Paschal.
Now look where he throws the football.
He throws this football.
It's right here for Zach Paschal.
He's got one on one.
This is a bad timing.
Throat placed it perfectly, but bad timing because he gave it to him.
It was at the five going forward But it shouldn't have happened if he had waited just a second longer, just a second longer so that Paschal was over here.
Not even a second, even a quarter second.
So he was down a little bit further.
This is this is designed back shoulder throw.
The Paschal let Paschal bring the cornerback down a little bit further and come back for the football to the five yard line so that Paschal would have a little bit of separation from Jaylin Johnson and he would have had a chance.
But instead he throws it as he got to the five yard line.
You know, he threw it just so it's just a little too early on the past.
Well, let's look, if there was any other options because, as I said before, Rivers is staring Paschal down.
Is there other options he could have had? Absolutely.
First off, there was no pressure whatsoever.
Watch T y Hilton watch t while on this play.
If he wasn't staring him down, he could have through the t y right here.
Could have threw the ball right in this general Vicinity T Why could have caught it and then just dove at the feet of the safety right here or linebacker.
Whoever that is, I can't tell.
I think it's a linebacker.
Could have caught the ball and dove at the feet or even stopped on a dime and cut back and Might might have had a touchdown, but he could have caught it.
Dove at the feet at the five yard line, had the first down have been first and goal at the five easily.
But he ain't looking anywhere but Paschal.
Let's keep watching.
He throws his football.
There's no pressure on him at all. None.
He could have waited.
He could have pump fake that general direction to make this linebacker cut back this way.
And had he done that, it would have made the linebacker continue to go that way.
And then Burton on this post route.
When he came up this way and then cut back, he'd had complete open field back here.
He just two problems.
First off, he had multiple options.
He wasn't He threw the ball too soon, made the decision to throw the ball too soon.
Either he threw it too soon, either for his receiver way out here on the corner.
Yeah, he threw it too soon because he wasn't paying attention.
He had other options on the field as well.
This play was all on Rivers.
Here's what play that was on Rivers.
Accuracy, Which is odd because normally Philip Rivers is not an inaccurate passer right? That's one of the strengths He is an incredibly arm strength is a little bit off.
Sometimes he throws 50 50 balls where he shouldn't little ill advised 50 50 balls, but its accuracy is generally dead on point.
But this play on 3rd and 10 where you got to get to the 39 yard line, accuracy a little bit off.
Now the Bears defense.
They've got it locked down.
Rivers isn't pressured on this play, but he throws it.
Yeah, in the dirt in the dirt.
Now, when he throws his football, look, he's getting ready to throw the football.
Yeah, you have Taylor, but good Lord, he's 11 yards away from the first down, and he's got a linebacker staring him down.
Could he have gotten away? Maybe, but the cornerbacks might not been in a.
The cornerbacks might have been able to get up here.
It's third down.
You need to throw the football, be on the first down marker, the only one that's open for this.
It's T y, because it's that outside route right here.
And he just throws it right into the dirt, as I said could have throughout the Doyle.
But obviously not a good, not a good decision, because it's short of the first down.
Yes, he could have through it right then to Doyle, maybe caught it and got away from his coverage, but that that safety right there probably would have knocked him down.
That's just a bad throat.
That's just a bad throat.
If he had got that ball up a little bit, that would have probably been a first down.
Quarterbacks have bad throws once in a while.
Generally, Rivers is incredibly accurate.
Everybody else was covered downfield.
Even this guy way out here in the corner.
He's got a guy covering him.
Doyle was short.
He that play right there.
First off, when it's yes.
Ah, lot of people, Why do you have people? Ah, lot of people ask Why are plays drawn up or called where there's receivers coming short of the first down marker when it's third down.
Well, first off, you don't have so many plays that every receiver makes it past the first down marker.
They have to. They have to play.
What's what's there now in that situation with Doyle? You know what? There's a chance that that safety wasn't there, that safety cut over to help cover T y Uh huh.
It would have been a first down, had had just been the linebacker covering him.
But it wasn't so.
Yeah, it's just a bad throw.
Very odd situation from Rivers.
Just a bad throat.
Colts just got the ball 1st and 10 at the 20.
They play a running back screen for the him Heinz.
This is the reason why they run the ball with the Heem Hines.
A lot is so that when they throw the ball to him, it's less likely that the defense is ready for it, right? I'll tell you what.
This is a running back screen, and it's played perfectly by the Colts, but it's played even better by Roque Juan Smith.
The Colts play this about as well as they can rock.
Juan Smith, on the other hand, sniffs this out immediately.
Let's watch the play.
Oh, we see this all the time with our own defense.
With the Colts defense, we see it all the freaking time when Darius Leonard or Anthony Walker or Bobby Okereke beats the blocks with speed, right? All the time.
You don't see it all the time with other teams against us.
But the Bears got really fast.
Good linebackers, especially rock on Smith.
And he just beats the pulling.
Kelly comes out here.
Nelson is supposed to come out here.
Had they got those blocks, Heinz would have had a good positive yardage.
But Roque Juan sniffs it out as soon as it's as soon as that ball is snapped.
Basically, look, the ball's already hiked, and he's immediately sprinting to the outside towards the him Heinz.
He sniffs this immediately and is able to get by both Kelly and Nelson.
There was nothing wrong that the Colts did wrong here.
Nothing that the Colts did wrong here, bro.
Quan Smith just made an amazing play against the Colts and forced it now second like 16 because this was a six yard loss right here, six yard loss because Rock Juan Smith sniffed it out immediately.
There's a on a screen you're supposed to act like you're blocking and then run out right.
Act like you're blocking, then run out, and that's what they do.
They look like they're blocking and then they turn upfield.
But real Kwan's already passed him already passed him.
Amazing play by Raequan.
Nothing the Colts could have done there.
I mean, it was a smart I loved the play call because the mines have been running the football so much, it should have been not being able to be seen.
But Rock one just sniffed it out immediately.
Had he not, this could have been a huge play down the field roll call.
Just blew it up.
Credit to rock one. Smith.
He had a hell of a game.
Okay, for the final breakdown play of the game.
I'm gonna go by what should have been a monster monster play.
But a missed call by the referees makes this play null and void.
And when you first watch it, you think this is a bad pass to a wide open T y Hilton by Philip Rivers, and it's not This is not a bad pass.
Watch here, all right, First off, watch T y Hilton and watch and watch what happens.
Uh, I think that's Marcus Johnson against the corner.
Watch what happens here.
That right there messed up everything.
That right there messed up everything as these guys were going downfield.
The wise cutting across.
He's supposed to be going this way, right? You watch him.
He's supposed to go this way.
The receiver cuts inside as he's cutting to avoid the corner cut inside to make the corner come this way.
So that t wise wide open out here, right? He leans into him and creates contact, which makes t y stop.
He made t y stop as T Y was cutting.
What? Bam! There's a hit.
T White has to stop and cut back around instead of continuing this way.
Instead of looking back at where Rivers is throwing the football, he has to stop and cut back around because illegal contact downfield legitimately the cornerback, as the receiver cuts inside the corner, goes with him.
T. White has to stop and go around.
Rivers is throwing the football, thinking that t y would be here wide open, wide open, but instead it's too late.
T y had to cut his route a little short.
This play had nothing to do with the Colts.
This had everything to do with illegal contact downfield.
So as you could see, there were multiple reasons why the Indianapolis Colts passing game was not on point and why Rivers was below 70% completion for this game for the first time this season.
Obviously, there was some offensive line problems.
Miscommunications, uh, the Bears defense is just solid all the way around.
They got a ton of pressure on Rivers, made him throw the football earlier than what he wanted to affected.
His accuracy affected the timing.
There were situations where, uh, one or two bad throws, a couple bad play calls, in my opinion.
And then, of course, on that final play that I showed you, Ah, bad illegal contact downfield, which resulted in an incompletion that should have been a huge, huge game.
Now, do I think that the Colts have anything to worry about? No.
Because in general it looked like the receivers were playing pretty darn good.
It's just the Colts aren't gonna play a defense at the caliber that the Bears are on a week to week basis, this upcoming game against the Browns.
The Browns got a pretty good defense, but they're not solid from top.
The bottom, like the Bears, are okay.
Yes, the Bears have had issues, especially losing Eddie Goldman.
And it took him a minute to get to understand that the Colts ran the ball, actually, pretty decently the majority of the time.
There was a few plays that were stopped in the background with the him Heinz running the football.
But for the most part, the Colts ran the ball well.
They ran about four yards a carry.
They could have went to that a little bit Mawr.
But yeah, I really I think the Colts really don't have much to worry about.
Even with loss of Michael Pittman Junior in Paris.
Campbell for a while, we don't know a Paris Campbell's out for the rest of the season.
He might be back in the next few weeks.
Who knows? Same with Michael Pittman junior after his surgery. So we'll see.
I love the fact that we have all three tight ends back That's a formation I think the Colts can really take advantage of, especially against the Cleveland Browns.
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