For years, fans have often believed that Peyton Manning was his own offensive coordinator with the work he does at the line of scrimmage and calling and changing his own plays.
But with Manning out, the thought of him being Indianapolis' de facto coordinator, went to a new level in Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Per a source, when the Colts called their first timeout of the first half with Indianapolis driving for the game's first touchdown, it was Manning signaling to the official for the timeout.
After Manning, who was on the Indianapolis sideline, began to signal for the timeout to be called, the Colts coaching staff followed suit and got the official's attention to get the timeout called.
The Colts actually called two timeouts on that drive – one with 11:11 to play on first-and-10 from the Kansas City 47-yard line, and the second with 8:53 to go in the first quarter and facing third-and-2. Despite the costliness of burning two timeouts on the first drive, it paid dividends with a touchdown pass from Curtis Painter to Pierre Garcon from six yards out.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com