It’s 2013 and everybody wants instant feedback. We live tweet games, freak out if a player makes one bad play and can’t keep our opinions to ourselves when Miley Cyrus is ‘performing’. It’s time for me to join the club; this is my overreaction of the Indianapolis Colts week 1 matchup against the Raiders. That is to say, it is an analysis of what the rest of the season was to look like if the Colts played as they did in their first game.
Go ahead and mark down a loss for the Colts for their upcoming matchups against the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. The Colts can’t contain a mobile quarterback for their lives. Even when they get through the offensive line, they can’t chase down the quarterback, and as a result, give up big plays.
Furthermore, the offensive line is going to get killed Andrew Luck killed. Mike McGlynn and Samson Satele are inadequate at their respective positions and need to be replaced. It’s not a new phenomenon and it’s not surprising that Andrew Luck has to create time for himself to even have a reasonable amount of time to throw. The Colts chances at a playoff berth will be short lived with this kind of offensive line play.
However, Luck and the new offense are a good match. It allows him to get into rhythm with short throws, and takes pressure off him with the higher amount of runs being called. It also helps the abysmal offense line look a little better as it creates ‘run’ plays with bubble screens and short passes.
Although you can’t fix every problem that you see from week 1, the job of the coaches is to learn and adapt. I liked what I saw from the defense, aside from chasing down Terrelle Pryor, and expect the coaching staff to have a better plan in place for mobile quarterbacks. I expect the 49ers and Seahawks games to be closer than expected.
Many experts are saying that the Colts will take a step back this year and won’t be making the playoffs. However, with new additions to the offensive line and defense, and another year under Andrew luck’s belt, it’s hard to see them missing the post-season. Look for this team to finish close to the same record as 2013 and win the division. Go Colts!