Indianapolis – The Colts fell to 6-6 after blowing their 3rd double digit lead of the season in a 38-31 loss to the defending Super Bowl Champs Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. A lot of fans have pointed to the decision in the 3rd quarter to not have the NFL’s leading rusher Jonathan Taylor register a carry as the reason for the loss. On his show Monday JMV didn’t name that as the #1 reason for the loss, but said it was absolutely inexcusable:
“People are asking my why I’m so down on Frank Reich. I’m fair to Frank Reich but you can’t get lost in it. You can’t lose sight of the fact that your best player has to be involved in 3 or 4 runs in 26 times you snapped the ball. I don’t think Frank Reich cost them the game but he surely didn’t help win it.”
The biggest issue on Sunday were the turnovers. The Bucs scored 31 of their 38 points immediately after one of the Colts 4 turnovers. JMV dove into why this seems to be a trend in games vs the top teams of the NFL:
“The turnovers cost them the game. That’s their tendency and trend. That’s who they are. We’ve seen it not once, not twice, but three times this season vs good teams. Double digit leads that you yak it up because you stop scoring and going with what works. We’ve seen it 3 different times this year and it has to change. That’s going to fall in the lap of the players and the coach.”
The Texans await the Colts on Sunday, and in a condensed AFC, Sunday’s game becomes extremely important if the Colts want to continue into the postseason.
If you want to hear JMV’s full thoughts on the Colts loss to Tampa Bay, listen to the full show podcast below!