One Reason The Colts Lost? Hint: James Carville
Congrats to the Saints. For Colts fans, one could feel momentum turning on two key moments on either side of halftime.
Just pre-break: the Colts conservatively call three straight run plays to (try and) run out the clock, allowing New Orleans the chance to kick a field goal as the half expires. 10-6 going into The Who.
Just post-break: the Saints call a gutsy onside kick, recovering the ball around their 40 yard line. ‘Aints QB Drew Brees promptly marches down the field and scores his first touchdown of the evening. Just like that, New Orleans takes its first lead on a call that uber-cautious Indianapolis would never have dared.
The common theme for both? Aggression vs. conservatism. Unfortunately for Colts fans, their history of spineless play-calling (See: Seating starters in the final regular season games to “save” their top players but forgo a run at history) came back to bite them in the arse.
So where does Monsieur Carville factor in? Well, a little liberalism from the aptly named “Ragin’ Cajun” from Louisiana might have pushed Indy’s foot harder down on the pedal.
I’m not claiming that their lack of guts solely cost Indianapolis Super Bowl-whatever-the-hell-Roman-numerals-mean. Just that New Orleans seized momentum with qualities that are out of Indy’s nature. Saints coach Sean Payton simply out-coached adversary Jim Caldwell.
And it’s no coincidence Carville, a die-hard Saints fan, was seen fluttering around the field last night during the trophy presentation …