The Indianapolis Colts have been in a rut since their 2013 bye week: Offense, defense, special teams, even Andrew Luck has looked human.
But there’s hope for the offense, yet.
Sure, this Colts offense was held to 0 points in the first half last week against the Cincinnati Bengals, but that was before they (finally) gave up on Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Benching Heyward-Bey was one of the best moves that could’ve been made for this offense. It helped bring about the emergence of Da’Rick Rogers and LaVon Brazill.
Rogers and Brazill accounted for more than 150 yards and 4 touchdowns between the two of them. Helping the Colts put up 28 points in the second half.
Heyward-Bey has 1 touchdown catch all season.
Clearly the two young men will be seeing significant time moving forward, while Heyward-Bey’s snaps should be noticeably decreased. And I expect this offense to become much more potent because of it.
There’s only one glitch in this scenario. Brazill hasn’t practiced all week due to a right foot injury, and the Colts have called up receiver Griff Whalen from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Which isn’t a good sign for Brazill.
Hopefully, we see Brazill on the field this Sunday, so he can follow up on the performance he had last week.
Also, I certainly hope Whalen is ahead of Heyward-Bey on the depth chart. DHB is not a professional receiver and he’s had more than enough time to prove otherwise.
While, Whalen has only played in a few games in his short NFL career and I would love to see what he could do with an increased snap count. But the coaches will most likely go with Heyward-Bey as the third receiver.
Another improvement to the offense comes with the news of Samson Satele’s injury. I certainly do not like to see players get hurt and I wish him a speedy recovery.
However, Mike McGlynn has played better than Satele at the center position this year and that’s where he will be this Sunday. McGlynn may not be anything special, but is certainly an upgrade over Satele.
Another improvement along the offensive line is at one of the guard positions. Joe Reitz played splendidly last week in his first start this season.
And he will help provide better protection for Luck moving forward, along with the move of McGlynn to center.
These changes coupled together will help Luck and the Colts to become a much better offense heading into the playoffs. But it is on offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton to open up the offense at the BEGINNING of the game, instead of waiting till the second half.
If the Colts expect to win any playoff games it’s going to be on the shoulders of this offense. It looks to be on the cusp of taking several steps forward as the season comes to a close.
And we all know, in the NFL, going into the playoffs on a hot streak can only benefit a team. Look for the horseshoe and its offense to do just that. Go Colts!