If you do happen to know a really big guy that is also reasonably light on his feet you might be able to get him a job with the Indianapolis Colts.
Just by looking at the team's results for the last week, you can surmise that the team could/should be in the market. So far the team O-line has given up 10 sacks (11th in the NFL) and 27 hits on the QB (5th most). As if that wasn't enough, the rushing attack is averaging only 83 yards a game (28th). The passing game does not rate much better (26th).
True, the Colts never have a running game, but without Peyton behind center they need one.
Developing any kind of offense without blocking is impossible. To make that task just a little but harder for the Colts, their line has been absolutely ravaged with injuries:
- Tackle Anthony Castanzo (ankle)
- Tackle Ben Ijalana (knee)
- Guard Ryan Diem (ankle)
- Guard Joe Reitz (ankle)
With four out of eight guys on the mend that means that at least one will be playing hurt (last week it was Joe Reitz). While doing so does come out of necessity. I don't need to tell you that does not bode well for the protection of the QB and the opening of running lanes.
The problem actually goes a but deeper than that. When the offensive line can't give the running back any room or the QB time to throw, the team can't work out the kinks that it has as a unit without reps in the game. That means that the defense is going to be out on the field even longer which will inevitably lead to more injuries for the defensive unit.
Offensive lineman are easily the most unheralded players on any football team. They get blamed whenever things aren't working and they are the last to be congratulated. Call it unfair if you want to, but it is what it is.
Indianapolis will continue to have trouble this year and on into next whether they have Curtis Painter, Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck, Kerry Collins, or Pat McAfee (he's the emergency QB). I hate to even include McAfee there, but if the team doesn't do something about the blocking we might see him behind center at some point in the near future.
What should the Colts do? Keep pounding away with what they have? Free agency? Trades?