This week’s “Back-Up(s) of the Game” presented by Venyu are quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley.
In a season that took just about every twist imaginable, the Colts final abrupt turn came early last week when they had to sign quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley.
Not only were the two quarterbacks, who hadn’t been on any NFL roster this season, coming to Indy on short notice, they were going to play on Sunday.
Colts coaches devised a plan to have Freeman (signed on Monday) take the bulk of the game plan. Lindley would handle two-minute situations.
“That was the plan going in, trying to, I guess, limit the workload for each of us,” Freeman said after his first NFL action since 2013.
“We had different sections of the game that we were responsible for.”
The plan worked rather effectively.
Freeman and Lindley combined to go 21-of-38 for 207 yards, two touchdowns and one interception (off Boom Herron’s hands).
Each signal caller led the offense on a touchdown drive and helped the Colts score their second most points of the season.
“I don’t know if this has ever happened before in the history of the National Football League, where you bring in two guys off the street and you got basically three days to prepare these guys and we won a football game with them,” Pagano said after the 30-24 win.
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INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts won on Sunday, but they also saw their 2015 season come to a close.
With Houston beating the Jaguars 30-6 on Sunday afternoon, the Texans (9-7) won the AFC South by one game over the Colts (8-8).
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
NO PLAYOFFS – For just the third time in the last 17 years, the Colts will sit and watch during the playoffs. Houston’s win on Sunday gave them the division title by one-game over the Colts. Indianapolis will point to back-to-back December, divisional losses to Jacksonville and Houston as to when division control was lost.
ONE FINAL WIN – The Colts did win 30-24 on Sunday afternoon over the Titans. They salvaged an 8-8 season which is saying something considering everything they dealt with at the NFL’s most important position. The Colts were 6-3 in games started by Matt Hasselbeck and Josh Freeman this season.
BACKUP QUARTERBACKS DELIVER – Not enough can be said about the performances of Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley form Sunday. The duo combined to go 21-of-38 for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Neither guy was in the NFL this season and didn’t even join the Colts until early last week. The coaching staff devised a game plan to successfully incorporate both of them.
GORE FALLS SHORT – Frank Gore fell 33 yards short of 1,000 on the season. It marked the first time in Gore’s 11 seasons he hasn’t reached the century-mark in a healthy campaign. Gore did average 4.0 yards per carry on Sunday, an impressive number with loaded boxes all afternoon.
WHAT’S NEXT? – Chuck Pagano will meet with Jim Irsay on Monday morning and a decision should come then on the future at head coach. The last two times the Colts missed the playoffs (2001, 2011), they made a change at head coach following those seasons.
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