INDIANAPOLIS 鈥?Colts coach Frank Reich doesn’t need to spend

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INDIANAPOLIS 鈥?Colts coach Frank Reich doesn’t need to spend

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much time dissecting game tapes to figure out what’s going wrong.聽He sees it with his own eyes at full speed.Dropped passes https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Rigoberto-Sanchez-Jersey , turnovers and inexplicable penalties have fueled the Colts’ four-game losing streak, leaving them in a big midseason hole.“It’s been an issue and it’s past the point of ‘OK, that was a fluke,'” Reich said Monday when pressed specifically on the issue of drops. “We just have to keep working, catching balls.”Sportradar lists only six teams with drop percentages worse than Indianapolis‘ 8.7, and the Colts are tied with Cleveland for most drops in the NFL with 17. Indy tight end Eric Ebron and Baltimore receiver Michael Crabtree are tied for the league lead with six drops each, according to Sportradar.Colts backup receiver Zach Pascal is tied for 11th with three.Because the definition of a drop varies widely, numbers and percentages can be skewed.聽But former Colts offensive coordinator and interim coach Bruce Arians said during Sunday’s telecast he counted 10 drops by the Colts in a loss at New England in Week 5 and 16 over the previous two games.The trend continued when Chester Rogers dropped Andrew Luck‘s pass on the first play from scrimmage.He was far from alone.Rookie running back Nyheim Hines dropped a touchdown pass later in the game and second-year running back Marlon Mack joined the club when he failed to snag a screen pass on the game’s second play. Instead, Mack, who had missed three straight games and four of the first five with an injured hamstring, batted the ball up in the air and Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne returned an interception 17 yards for the game’s first score.“It’s mental,” Mack said after the 42-34 loss. “We just have to lock in and focus. Everyone here can catch. We just have to lock in and squeeze the ball.”Another explanation is injuries.While Luck has played reasonably well behind an offensive line that has used five different starting lineups, he has been without Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) the last two games and Pro Bowl tight end Jack Doyle (hip) for four straight games. Receivers Ryan Grant and Marcus Johnson also left with injuries and couldn’t finish Sunday’s game.Following the loss in New England, Luck said the Colts (1-5) needed to get out of their own way before they could start winning games 鈥?and he started by pointing to his own turnover woes.Penalties have been equally problematic.The result: In addition to sharing the league lead in drops, Indy also ranks in the top five in interceptions (eight), fumbles lost (five) and penalties (46).Reich Marlon Mack Jersey , who played on four Super Bowl teams in Buffalo and won a Super Bowl ring with Philadelphia, knows it’s a combination ripe for disaster, though he believes the Colts can fix these problems. He has seen it before.“I won’t go into specific names, but I’ve seen players go into a little bit of a funk for a few games,” he said. “I’ve definitely seen that happen, and I’ve seen guys get out of the funk and go on to have great years or great careers.”They just have to start holding onto the ball.“It’s a bit frustrating,” Luck said. “I feel a bit like a broken record, but talking about it, that’s the easy part. It’s doing it, living it, but I’m not discouraged. There are a bunch of competitive people in there, but I think we’re going in the right direction and the results will come.”NOTES: Indy has re-signed linebacker Skai Moore to the practice squad. The rookie made the active roster out of training camp but has bounced around from the active roster to the practice squad throughout the season. He has recorded two tackles.100View Gallery Gallery:View from the sidelines: NFL cheerleaders 2018Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports | Raj Mehta INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Frank Reich mastered the art of the comeback while playing quarterback.He cemented his reputation Sunday night.Nearly 11 months after accepting the job Josh McDaniels spurned, Indianapolis‘ backup choice completed one of the most remarkable midseason turnarounds in league history by leading the Colts to their first playoff berth since 2014. "That was the silver lining, if you will, of a 1-5 start," Reich said Monday Quenton Nelson Color Rush Jersey , referring to his players' ability to ignore distractions and focus on the upcoming task. "As I have alluded to and some players have alluded to, we've been in this — for lack of a better word — playoff mode for a while, kind of with our backs against the wall."It's only the third time an NFL team has rebounded from such an abysmal start to make the postseason — adding another chapter to Reich's uncanny tale.In November 1984, he replaced Stan Gelbaugh after Maryland fell into a 31-0 halftime deficit at No. 6 Miami and wound up throwing six second-half touchdown passes to give the Terrapins a 42-40 victory — then the largest comeback in Division I history.In January 1993, Reich replaced the injured Jim Kelly in Buffalo's wild-card round game and rallied the two-time defending AFC champs from a 35-3 deficit to beat the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime for the largest comeback in NFL history.So when McDaniels reneged on his deal to take over the Colts two days after the Patriots lost to Philadelphia in the Super Bowl, Colts general manager Chris Ballard turned to Reich."The backup role has suited me well in my career," Reich joked in February at his introductory news conference.But a consistent message helped keep players and coaches composed, too.The result: Indy (10-6) won nine of its last 10, beating two division champions and taking the regular-season finale at Tennessee to earn the AFC's No. 6 seed.Reich is the fourth consecutive Colts coach to reach the playoffs in his first season as coach, joining Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell and Chuck Pagano, and now takes a team full of confidence to Houston (11-5) for a wild-card round game Saturday."I don't think there was anything crazy different that happened," left tackle Anthony Castonzo said Sunday when asked about the turnaround. "Guys just maybe focused on their job a little more, and had a little bit more urgency. It didn't really seem like a moment where anything was different. It was just staying that course."The first indication things were changing emerged in early October when Indy's oft-criticized offensive line suddenly began playing better. For five games and 239 consecutive drop backs, the Colts didn't allow a sack. They finished this season allowing a league-low 18 after giving up a league-high 56 in 2017.There were other changes, too.Marlon Mack rushed for more than 100 yards four times https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Andrew-Luck-Jersey , the highest total by a Colts running back since Joseph Addai had four 100-yard games in 2007. Tight end Eric Ebron fulfilled the potential scouts saw when he was in college.And, of course, there was Andrew Luck's resurgence, too.After missing the entire 2017 season because of a partially torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, he wound up finishing with career highs in completions (430), attempts (639), completion rate (67.3 percent) and rating (98.7) and producing his second-best totals in yards passing (4,593) and TDs (39)."This really has been a fulfilling road to this point," Luck said. "I'm not satisfied. We certainly have business to take care of."The defense also came up big.Rookie Darius Leonard led the league in tackles with a franchise-record 163 and Indy has allowed just 16.4 points over its past eight games, prompting some to conclude that Reich may have found his magical touch just in time for another playoff run.Reich, though, is simply sticking to the plan."It's all based on the habits you have formed," he said. "That focus and vision is on getting better every day and then beating the next opponent. That is all that really matters. That's the mindset we've been in. That's the mindset we need to maintain."Notes: Indy signed safety Rolan Milligan to the practice squad and released linebacker Tegray Scales. … The Colts also signed guard William Poehls to a reserve/future contract. The 6-foot-8, 344-pound offensive lineman was on Jacksonville's active roster in 2017, but was waived by the Jaguars on Sept. 1.

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