Colts Keeping It Together Without Dungy

Lee TawilContributor ISeptember 22, 2009

MIAMI - SEPTEMBER 21:  Head coach Jim Caldwell of the Indianapolis Colts watches his team take on f the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on September 21, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Colts defeated the Dolphins 27-23.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Another week, another late-game victory for Jim Caldwell and the Indianapolis Colts. This team is playing together, and they are on the same page on offense and defense. This is very important now that they have a new head coach. If they are able to play as one unit on offense and defense, the whole team is accountable for one another, and the results should be marvelous. 

When you have an offense led by Peyton Manning, and you score a late-game touchdown to take the lead, you don’t want to feel apprehensive that your team is going to blow the game on defense. A lot of teams have to deal with the uncertainty of their two-minute defense, and there are plenty of games that are lost because a defense cannot get that one more stop to close it out. This is what the Colts have been so good at in the first two games.

In both games, the Colts’ opponent were within one score with possession of the ball toward the end of the game. In each of those games, the Colts defense was able to get a stop and help preserve the victory. There is no doubt that if the Colts had any weaker of a defense, they could easily be 0-2 instead of 2-0 right now. The importance of those two victories is really huge when you play in a 16 game season where every game counts. Those two games could be the difference between a postseason appearance and a January golfing frenzy.

I realize that it is still very early in the season, but it is nice to see that the Colts have not lost their team unity with their new coach. In fact, it seems like this team has come together even stronger with the absence of Tony Dungy in the first two games. Only time will tell if Caldwell is indeed the difference-maker for this team’s increased sense of comradery. If he is, the Colts can be a tough out come the postseason where the balance of offense and defense is usually the distinguishing factor between the great teams and the good teams.