There is plenty of blame to go around for the Colts’ disappointing 2-4 start, but their 31st-ranked defense isn’t helping matters. And if you ask Robert Mathis, it’s not an issue of talent.
It’s a lack of desire. At least, that’s what Mathis seems to be getting at in his words to Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star. The 14th-year outside linebacker is either trying to motivate the troops, or he honestly thinks if this group of players just tries harder, they won’t be one of the worst units in the league.
“It’s the want-to,” Mathis said. “We have to make a decision as to what defense we want to be, and what we’ll be remembered for.”
We’re pretty sure desire isn’t the issue for Mathis’ lack of production. With 1 one sack this season after racking up 118 during the course of his career, his decline is likely a result of being 35 years old and coming off of a torn Achilles. As for the rest of the Colts defense, it seems to be a combination of injuries and, no matter what Mathis says, problems with depth and overall talent.
It’s a nice try though, and maybe by getting some of his teammates to believe they can improve, the defense will actually make some strides.
The good news is Mathis probably doesn’t have to worry too much about the defense being remembered. Their performance so far has been pretty forgettable.