Games like this do not lend themselves to measured responses. It’s much easier to rant and rail about what a shameful performance it was than it is to take a careful look at what happened and why it happened. I’m as guilty as anyone; I was ready to mail in the season Sunday afternoon.
But in breaking down the offensive line’s play, I was surprised to discover that it wasn’t a complete disgrace. Other than Anthony Castonzo, who took a step back, the line’s performance was actually a little better than it had been the previous week in Houston. The run blocking was garbage, but it always is. Andrew Luck got pummeled, but he always does. Mike McGlynn sucked before he got hurt, but he always sucks.
Overall, the offensive line played at roughly the level it has played at all season. It just looked a little worse because of the ugly sack/fumble/touchdown Castonzo gave up. This is, quite simply, the quality of linemen the Colts are dealing with, and it’s not going to get any better. While they didn’t cover themselves in glory, the blowout loss was more about Andrew Luck missing open receivers and Vontae Davis failing to cover Tavon Austin than anything else.
On to the breakdowns. A quick summary if you missed my post last week: I grade every lineman’s block on every play as good, bad or not involved. It’s an inexact science, but it gives a rough idea of how they played. My charting table is at the bottom of this post.