The primary issue with the Colts as a team last year was ineptitude on defense, and the inability to sufficiently provide turnovers and field position for the surprisingly proficient offense. Clear weaknesses at S; CB; OLB were supplemented by concerns over quality at ILB and on the DL. To redress this situation, the Colts had a full set of draft picks (minus the 2nd rounder - Vontae) along with approximately $45m of cap room.
The additions over the summer - Werner; Walden; Jean-Francois; Landry; Franklin; Toler et al were heralded as potential difference-makers, with some of the aforementioned list more prominent than others. The simple fact at this point is that the additions have done little to stimulate any positivity regarding the unit this year. Is there a period of time in which new players have to settle? Sure. Is it fair to rail on the current defense for historic failings with Peyton Manning on D? Possibly not. However, fair or unfair, the simple fact is that barring a Luck-related miracle, the Colts will be handily beaten by any team possessing a middling-to-good passing offense.
I guess i'll illustrate what I'm talking about..
The play in question is a 1st and 10 from the IND 18 in the 1st Quarter. The score is 0-0, and the play immediately prior to this was a short slant inside for Mike Wallace, opposing Greg Toler. I've highlighted Toler and Wallace in yellow, with Pat Angerer and the motion receiver highlighted in red to show how the Dolphins clear out the area pre-snap. It's an empty set from the Dolphins, which automatically sets off alarm bells in my head when I'm watching this defense.no comments