INDIANAPOLIS – It was less than 2 minutes of Wednesday’s Episode 3 of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,’’ but it was impossible to ignore.
There was Frank Reich on the sidelines, arms crossed. His Indianapolis Colts had just suffered a fourth turnover – Nyheim Hines’ muffed punt – and Tom Brady was back in business early in the fourth quarter Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Reich’s thought process was interrupted by a tug on his left arm.
Quenton Nelson needed to get something off his massive chest.
If the defense stops them here, could we get like a straight run call? JT’s hungry.
They clasped hands.
Nelson’s next stop was Jonathan Taylor, who was seated on the bench, preparing for whatever was to come.
I told coach we’ve got the best back in the league and he’s hungry. Feed him. Let’s go . . . play Colts football.
The defense got the necessary stop, limiting the Brady-led Tampa Bay offense to a 25-yard field goal. Ten minutes remained, but the Colts still were within reach at 31-24.
They were able to – that’s right – Run The Damn Ball.
And they did. On the ensuing 10-play, 75-yard drive, Reich kept dialing up Taylor’s number. The NFL’s leading rusher took eight handoffs and accounted for…