Frank Reich was grilled about the streak after Sunday’s 38-31 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, given that it included three second-half series that ended without points, allowing Tampa Bay to erase a 24-14 lead.
Initially, the Colts head coach had few problems with the streak in his post-game press conference, citing the way the Buccaneers stacked up to stop Taylor, and Indianapolis’ lack of success running the football in the first half.
After watching the tape Sunday night and Monday morning, then going through a long conversation with general manager Chris Ballard, Reich felt the same way in his day-after press conference.
“I didn’t have very many regrets on the way this game was called, I’m not going to lie,” Reich said. “Do you want to call one or two more runs somewhere along the way? Yeah. Sure. OK, one or two more runs somewhere, but it wasn’t because of a lack of execution, and it wasn’t because we were getting stuffed. We were going up against the No. 1 run defense, and they came out saying to themselves, ‘Jonathan Taylor’s not going to beat us, we’re going to make these guys throw to beat us,’ and that’s the approach we had to take.”
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Reich broke down the streak Monday afternoon.
First of all, the initial eight plays of the streak happened while the Colts were running a two-minute drill at the end of the first half, a successful two-minute drill that ended with Carson Wentz firing a touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton.