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Good afternoon, Colts fans. For today’s late edition of the Notebook (no, not that Notebook), we’ll talk about Pagano’s take on the offensive line, some good blocking from the likes of Vick Ballard and Darrius Heyward-Bey, and, of course, Andrew Luck’s touchdown run.
Blocking and Blitz Pickup
Sunday’s game against Oakland began with two very good drives, and, despite a sack, it was mostly a good showing by the offensive line. Things appeared to change at some point in the second quarter, however, as Luck would be sacked three more times in the game, and the offense virtually ground to a halt until their game winning drive.
On the performance of the offensive linemen, Chuck Pagano was very positive, but he acknowledged the need for improvement. “I thought they played good,” he began. “There’s always going to be, especially in the opener, some things to clean up. They’d all tell you they’d be the first ones across the board to tell you that we’ve got to play better and we will play better. But again, you rush for 127 yards and average 4.9 per carry. We said going in we’d love to be at 4.0. So we hit that goal. We’ve got to clean up. It’s some communication things, some technique things. Again, it’s the first ball game and we’ll be better as far as run-blocking and protection going into the second week.”