RTC: Monster came to life in San Francisco

September, 23, 2013
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Here’s today’s Week 3 Reading the Coverage from the Colts’ win over San Francisco 30,000 feet in the air somewhere over Nevada at this moment:

Conrad Brunner of 1070 The Fan writes: “It would be wildly premature to suggest the monster is built, but for an afternoon it roared to life and despite several missing pieces managed to dismember one of the NFL’s angriest beasts.”

Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star gives the Colts’ defense credit for its dominating performance by writing: “Against an explosive, multi-faceted offense like the 49ers, nothing less than total commitment to playing within the scheme would suffice. No freelancing. No trying to be a hero.” And that’s how the Colts played, holding the 49ers to 254 yards of total offense.

Veteran beat writer Mike Chappell talked to Colts owner Jim Irsay (or Mr. Twitter) about the running duo of Ahmad Bradshaw and Trent Richardson. “To bring in Ahmad Bradshaw and now to have Trent Richardson. You can see Trent with his lateral movement, his explosion, his always going forward,” Irsay told Chappell.

Star columnist Bob Kravitz wrote that what you saw Sunday afternoon from the Colts is how teams win championships: “When it comes to world championships, we’re trying to make a little adjustment in terms of building this thing with a physical team on defense and a running game that can really be depended on. I used to call our defense Jekyll and Hyde or psychotic. It would go down to Jacksonville and give up 375 yards on the road, then win the Super Bowl two months later. What we’re looking for is what we saw today,” Irsay told the newspaper.

 

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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