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Key Coaching Decision #1: (IND ball, no score / fourth-and-goal, JAC 1 / 12:32 Q2)
• Instead of simply kicking the field goal and taking a 3-0 lead, Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich decided to go for the touchdown. The attempt failed, and Jacksonville was able to gain some emotional momentum. We did not like this decision at all. The Colts are fighting for their playoff lives, and engaging a very good defense in a divisional road game. Any lead in a game of this type gives a team something to build on.
• In the first quarter, Indianapolis faced a fourth-and-1 on its own 49-yard Line. It was a scoreless game at this point and we felt that Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich might attempt to go for it. Instead, he decided to punt, but not before lining up as if the Colts were going to run a play and then burning a timeout. We felt this was the appropriate call under the circumstances, but did not see the need to burn a timeout. The Colts could have taken a 5-yard delay of game penalty and still be in good position to pin Jacksonville deep with a punt.
• With 2:38 left in the game and the Colts trailing 6-0, the Colts faced a fourth-and-1 at Jacksonville’s 19-yard line. Reich had a couple of different options at this point. One choice was to kick the field goal, cut the deficit to 6-3 and play defense with three timeouts in his possession. His defense had been playing very well up to this point, and if he would have chosen that course of action, it was defensible. His other choice was to go for the first down, particularly since it was only one yard. This is what Reich chose to do. However, the Colts let the play clock run down and were forced to take the first of their three timeouts. We felt that since they burned a critical timeout at this juncture in the game, they would reload with their very best play option. Instead, the ensuing play resulted in a sack and Jacksonville took possession on downs. This was not a flattering scenario for Reich.
• We did not like the Colts’ offensive game plan at all. The Colts, during their winning streak, had effectively used their running game to help their pass protection. In this game, the Colts decided not to run the ball. As a result, the Colts arguably had their worst game protecting quarterback Andrew Luck.