October 30, 2006 12:00 AM
That's a Defense ?
The Broncos lost a Must Win game for them against the Colts and now must pick up the pieces and still try to make something of their season. I think from a psychological standpoint the Broncos took an enormous hit, especially the way the game finished with Manning leading an effortless drive for an easy Colts field goal to win the game as time ran out. Some quick post -game observations that will effect the Broncos the rest of the way...
1. The defense was exposed. Only time will tell if it will hurt the Brocnos the rest of the way but suffice to say giving Manning such an easy drive in a crucial situation in the last 1:52 I think will certainly be something to be very worried about. A defense that had stood strong throughout the early part of the season folded like a house of cards at the end. Troublesome, to say the least.
2. While Plummer played a decent game he again was responsible for a key turnover that resulted in a big turnaround for the Colts. Time to make the change ? I dunno. But let's face it. He didn't beat the Colts in a game that he HAD to beat the Colts.
3. Shanahan must be dumbfounded. What will it take for him to overcome the Colts? I think he's starting to feel like Marty Schottenheimer did in Cleveland and Kansas City all those years ago. He built the defense he though could finally get the job done and they imploded right before his eyes.
4. The upcoming schedule doesn't help. At Pittsburgh, at Oakland, followed by San Diego and Seattle. It could get bumpy over the next few weeks.