Colts 2014 Positional Review: Outside Linebacker

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The Indianapolis Colts finished the season 11-5 and made it all the way to the AFC Championship game. We take a look at each position and break down the units performance over the past season. Pro Football Focus (PFF) provides the grades, Football Outsiders DVOA (value per play) and DYAR (total value).

One of the biggest issues for the Colts this season was the lack of a pass rush. In a 3-4 system, most of the pressure comes from the outside linebacker position.

The Colts knew going into the season that they’d struggle for at least four weeks without Robert Mathis, but then he tore his achilles and was lost for the season. It will be a great “what if” for this past season. Mathis certainly would have made a difference, even if he just played decoy.

This season saw a player in his second year fail to develop, a rookie lead the team in sacks, and a veteran wait to produce until the playoffs.

The Colts need help at the position, even when Mathis returns.