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One thing I am scared of now is the argument that Pep's offense was good, but they had too many injuries. I don't want to see more of this offense even with all the players. There is just too much FB.
Yeah, the fullback draw on 3rd and 10 was asinine. I won't defend it.
Great stuff guys. I'll check back in later, back to work.
I absolutely agree with that, but we're talking about a team essentially playing with half an offense. I'm not sure they have a lot of great options.
How bad are the backup OGs if McGlynn keeps starting? I mean we know Linkenbach is pretty much worthless but you'd think they could even find some scrubs to replace those guys as bad as they are
I understand lamenting the run first approach, but it does seem a little odd following a game that saw them throw 52 times and run 14 and only managed 8 points.
The entire offense is pretty ineffective right now.
You know what the Colts passing attack looks like? It looks like the 49ers passing attack. It's a huge problem for them and now it has become on for the Colts.
I hate to say it, but I kinda miss Arians at this point.
I actually liked that the Colts came out throwing. They seemed to want to be aggressive, but the lack of and OL killed it.
Re: Luck running. The argument that Luck will be hit if he runs, is certainly worthless since he is taking way too many hits in the pocket.
@hankster From a scoring efficiency stand point it actually was quite good to start the season. Scoring efficiently is the most important thing, regardless of how you achieve it. That said, I don't know if the drop off is caused by injuries or not (certainly can't help), but there definitely has been a drop off.
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@Colt_Following Design an new offense. At least it may be effective next year. It's not like the Colts will all of a sudden have a great OL next year. They will need to do something different.
@RobertItoh Asante was due to injury.
@hankster I can find a few.
@hankster I like this plan.
@hankster @Colt_Following Well they very well could. Donald Thomas was quite good. If Khaled Holmes proves good and they can sign another guard (and why wouldn't they? they aren't exactly hard to find) I think they could have a decent line. They have good to great players at LT and RT which is the harder position to address generally speaking. Just need to shore up the interior.
@hankster @Colt_Following and also: Luck is halfway through his second year as a pro. I think we get spoiled by how much like a veteran he usually plays, and are surprised when the entire offense collapses around him and we're reminded that he's only played two dozen games at this level.
His reads will speed up, and his clock will slow down. I'm just thrilled that we're even in a position to believe that someone so young can carry the team even when everything falls apart around him.
@hankster Yeah, I don't pretend to be half the film watcher that Kyle is, so I'll take his word on that, but whatever the case they need to do something to get the ball out faster.
@hankster True enough, but Luck also needs to make quicker reads and get the ball out faster. The big difference between Denver and Indy is that Peyton gets the ball out faster than any QB in the league (according to PFF), not surprising, but Luck is in the bottom third of time from snap to throw. He needs to realize his offensive line can't block and throw it quicker.
But what I would like to see is a switch to a offense that is less reliant on the OL. The Broncos paper over their crappy OL pretty well with a different scheme. You can win with a average OL as long as you have a good QB and a decent scheme. Since the Colts have the QB, I would like see them try for the scheme (while I pray the OL upgrades to average).
@hankster @Colt_Following Don't get me wrong, I want a pass first offense as much as everyone else, though I'm not convinced they aren't, but I also see that without being able to block we can't really tell if this offense is effective or not. When our RBs can't get out of the backfield, and Luck can't complete a pass without taking a hit and he's rattled by the middle of the 1st quarter in just about every game any offense is going to look bad.
@Colt_Following @hankster Ok. That is the best case scenario, but will they actually be a dominant running OL like San Fran or Stanford? That is what would be required for the running game to really work. Seems iffy to me.
Where as if you change the offense, maybe barrow from an effective passing team, you are building around what you know is your strength (Luck, TY, Fleener).
@hankster @Colt_Following at the tackle positions it is yes, but guards are cheap relative to most other positions. They already have good tackles, granted they will need to resign AC, but Cherilus is locked down. Holmes at center is very cheap, assuming he isn't bad, we don't know yet. Donald Thomas is also pretty damn cheap, assuming again that he can come back as good as he was.
Really they are only a guard and center away from being a good line next year. If Holmes is that center they just need a good starting guard. Thornton hasn't shown much but he's a rookie. Still might turn it around.
We'll have lots of cap space again this off season.