My wife and I took the trip to see our first game at Lucas Stadium in Indy. My first impression was how nice and accessible everything in the stadium was to the fan(s).If you ever get a chance to check out this stadium you should definitely make the trek.
When the Colts are on offense you could hear a pin drop while Peyton is going through his audibles and when they are defense the stadium is rocking.
I have a couple of things that I wrote down about the game that I wanted share:
1. Tripping-I have been watching football for 20+ years and I have never seen this infraction called. It was called on Sunday.
Here is the sign for tripping:
2. No Huddle Tempo- As coaches we have all heard about the tempos of the no huddle being the next way to dictate to the defense how they will defend us. Manning and the Colts run an uber fast no huddle which caused me to almost miss a play because I took my eyes off the action to explain something to my wife about what happened on the previous play. In high school unfortunately the refs will not allow you to go this quick because it causes so much stress on the defense. I have personally argued with the refs on numerous occasions about slowly us down. They have told me that can give the defense time to get set before they blow the play in action.
Here is an example of their scan no huddle:
3. Jets Dl fakes injury to slow down the no huddle of the Colts. The entire place erupts into boos. I have to say that is a great way to get the pace of the game slowed down.
4. Brad Smith as the wildcat QB. He is really an explosive player who I had lost track of because he plays for an east coast AFC team. I found this Highlight film of him dicing up defenses while he was at Mizzou.
Here is the vid of him returning the KO:
5. Highlights of the game: