The Indianapolis Colts have been a popular preseason Super Bowl pick by fans and analysts alike. After two games the Colts are 0-2 and they’ve struggled mightily on both sides of the ball. Something isn’t quite right in Indianapolis and they need to turn it around soon before things get worse.
One of the biggest reasons why the Colts are 0-2 are turnovers, Andrew Luck has 7 turnovers to his name during these first two games and Frank Gore had this embarrassing fumble on the goal line yesterday.
Chuck Pagano was not happy at all with his star quarterback after the game when he spoke with the media. “He’s got to take care of the football. Make great decisions, take care of the football. It’s not that hard. It’s not trigonometry.”
Here’s the thing, Andrew Luck really can’t take all the blame here, two out of his three INTs from last night were because of pressure in his face which either tipped his pass or forced a bad throw. This is an offensive line that hasn’t been good since the Indianapolis Colts drafted Luck.
This is what is really wrong with the Colts, the only reason they’ve been a playoff team the last two years is because of Andrew Luck. Yes, they added Frank Gore and Andre Johnson at skill positions which is a huge bonus.
Yet there are far larger issues personnel wise with this team. Adding Todd Herremans from the Eagles was great but that doesn’t change the fact that the Colts offensive line is pretty bad.
Luck has always had to make the most out of nothing and he’s always made good decisions, which is why now he might be forcing the issue these first two games.
There are plenty of stories out there that mention how GM Ryan Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano haven’t gotten along well. Head coaches are always going to be upset at GMs because of the players they provide the head coach with through free agency, the draft etc.
Pagano definitely has a right to be upset with Ryan Grigson. Despite the additions of Gore and Johnson, the only redeeming quality of this team other than Andrew Luck is their front seven. They clearly have depth issues in their secondary.
Their only good Pro Bowl cornerback Vonte Davis suffered a concussion in last night’s game and the Colts had no answer for Brandon Marshall last night after that.
Instead of addressing the offensive line or secondary in the first round, Grigson drafted another receiver in Phillip Dorsett out of Miami. That’s not a bad pick at all but when you have so many needs at other positions why not look to fill them with some highly rated talent?
Teams can throw all over the Colts, which is very bad news in a league that is now dominated by passing offenses. Andrew Luck can’t take all the blame for this, there was not much talent to begin with and now it’s finally showing during these first two games. This means when Luck doesn’t play well then the team stinks and it’s too much to ask to rely on one player.
However, it’s only been two games into the NFL season and it’s too early to push the panic button for the Indianapolis Colts. It’s not like the teams that the Colts played were very bad. They went up against two of the best defenses in the league led by Rex Ryan and Todd Bowles.
Those are two tough matchups for their offensive line and when you look at how much pressure Luck was under it proves why they played so poorly. The Indianapolis Colts can still turn things around.
They play in one of the weakest divisions in football and the combined record of those three teams is 2-4. They have an opportunity to pick up wins against the rest of the NFC South on their schedule but matchups with the Patriots, Broncos and Steelers will be very tough.
Nothing is going right for the Indianapolis Colts right now, but if Andrew Luck takes care of the ball and he can get back to playing well, this team will be fine despite the issues on defense and offense.