by Kent Sterling
Sunday’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and AFC South rival Tennessee Titans is huge for both teams. For the Titans to continue to vie for the division crown, they must win, and the Colts need to right a ship that is listing badly after four weeks of post-bye week mediocrity.
Less than savvy fingers are being pointed at various members of the coaching staff, as though the genius that led the Colts to a 6-2 start magically devolved into cork-headed idiocy in one month.
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One of the many questions fans are asking is about the trade for running back Trent Richardson, and whether the third overall pick in 2011 is worth the 2014 first rounder the Colts swapped for him.
Some say Richardson has been slow to absorb the playbook. Others opine he isn’t hitting holes that close before his arrival. A third faction questions the ability of the offensive line to open holes for him.
One thing is for sure, Donald Brown is not having trouble running behind the same line, albeit in a slightly different scheme.
Coach Rick Venturi spent 41 years coaching defense at the highest levels, and he studies this kind of thing. His answers are enlightening, as are his thoughts about tomorrow’s game.
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Chris Hagan and I spoke to Venturi during today’s “Ahead of the Curve” on 1070 the Fan, which will air from this point forward from 11a-1p Saturdays, barring the occasional preemption by play-by-platy events.