Obviously the game was disappointing but there were some good and bad things to take away.
Rivers. I will discuss his INTs later in the bad section but he did a lot of good things yesterday. Many of his passes were well placed, hit the WR in stride.
Oline: Overall they played another excellent game. People will point to so and so getting beat on this play or that play. Yes, the oline is not infallible and the other team is filled with professionals that get paid as well. I don't expect all 5 olineman to win 100% of the time, but without going back and grading the oline, I would say each graded above 90% except maybe Smith who probably graded in the mid to high 80s. I need to watch Glow and his run blocking because I didn't pay much attention to that i the 2nd half.
Overall the group seemed to run good routes and were getting open. The two drops by Hilton at the end of the game were disappointing but it's not something I expect to continue.
Run defense: After the first drive, the run defense settled down and did a pretty good job outside of one run in the 4th quarter.
Defense: This applies to D line, LBers, DB, coordinators, position coaches, everyone. Now way in any universe should Mustache only throw one incomplete pass. That is no pressure from the front 4 combined with soft coverage from the back 7.
Individually on the defense: Autry is as bad at DE as he was at DT. Most plays Autry was negated by one person, on that long run in the 4th quarter, Autry was taken out of the play by a TE single blocking him... pathetic.
Buckner. Played the run well but didn't collapse the pocket much in the passing game.
Lbers - Mediocre play from the entire group. With the quick, short passing game the Jags used the LBers have to be more active in covering their zones.
I thought Ya Sin actually played pretty well but the soft coverage combined with the quick passing game helped lead to a lot of completions. But Rock was there to make the tackle when his guy caught the ball.
Hooker: Another poor performance by him.
Rivers: - The 2 INTs were all his fault and poor decisions and poor throws and it's the way Rivers his showing his age and that his arm is not as strong as it used to be. Rivers has made a career by making those throws when under pressure. He needs to learn himself and his limitations. I think Reich is the right coach for that, we will see if Rivers can adapt.
The officials - Not just against the Colts, first half they let the guys play which was good but in the 2nd half they made some very questionable calls and very inopportune times. One was a defensive holding against Jax that extended the drive for the Colts. On the replay it looked like a pretty weak call. Then the crack back block against Doyle as the Colts were driving was a horrible call. Both Doyle and the guy he blocked were on the LOS when the ball was snapped, and no one else had the defender engaged which means that Doyle blocking low is perfectly legal. I believe that was a 5-6 yard run on 1st down, so instead of 2 and short in the redzone, it became 1-25.
Running game in the 2nd half. I need to watch the game again to diagnose the problem but it was not very consistent in the 2nd half. For every 4 yard run, there would be a run stopped at the LOS. I don't know if it was scheme, predictability, run blocking or the running backs not hitting the correct hole.
Yes missing a chip shot FG was bad but overall the rookie kicker did a good job. Punt game was good, coverage units were solid and KR and PR were unremarkable but mistake free.
I'm not going to fault Reich for going for it on 4th down inside the 5. I like aggressive coaches and like Marv Levy used to say... if you try something and it doesn't work, you should have tried the other thing.