How The Colts Can Perfectly Fill Their Positions of Need
Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Iupati (77) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Number 5: Offensive Line
While the Colts should perform the majority of their heavy-lifting along the defensive side of the football, the offensive line could still withstand for some improvement.
The left side of the offensive line is in great shape with both left tackle Anthony Castonzo and promising young left guard Jack Mewhort really playing some exceptional football in the trenches last season. However, from center to right tackle, there are major question marks. The Colts can get away with either Khaled Holmes at center or Hugh Thornton at right guard; however, they are presumably in trouble if both are their opening day starters.
For better or worse, the Colts are stuck with Gosder Cherilus until at least next offseason due to his contract. Having battled a number of injuries this past season, the team has to hope that Cherilus can get healthy and rebound from a poor year to get closer to the solid right tackle they saw in 2013.
Perfect Scenario: Coming off a season that saw veteran journeyman Lance Louis make 7 starts for the Colts at right guard, the team upgrades their starting right guard position entirely by signing San Francisco 49ers All-Pro free agent guard Mike Iupati to a lucrative multi-year contract.
We’ve noted that Iupati makes a great deal of sense for the Colts, as he’s a certified road grader in the ground game and would help them to more effectively run the football, while providing them with a long-term answer at the position. The team could then move forward with an offensive line of Castonzo-Iupati-Holmes-Mewhort-Cherilus for next season.