Indianapolis Colts 2015 Season Preview
By Evan Reller
Aug 16, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) talk to his team during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles in a preseason NFL football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Last season, the Colts averaged 2.23 points per drive, 10th in the NFL. That was an offense that mostly featured an injured Wayne, lacked Dwayne Allen for a good portion of the season, had a disinterested Hakeem Nicks, lost Ahmad Bradshaw halfway through the year, and donated drives to opponents by trotting Richardson into the backfield. And yet the Colts had the sixth best offense in points per game, averaging 28.6 when they took the field.
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This should be an electric offense. I imagine Andrew Luck shaking in anticipation after hearing about the signings of Gore and Johnson, let alone drafting a burner like Dorsett.
The biggest issue with the offense will be the line. While this unit hasn’t been a trainwreck in the preseason, they haven’t showed anything resembling consistency. Good pass protection, can’t run block. Good run blocking, can’t pass protect. If the line is just average, and manages to play together for the bulk of the season, that will be an improvement over last season.
Luck won’t need much time to get the ball out of the pocket, not with these weapons. In fact, Luck can help the line significantly just by getting rid of the ball quicker (most sacks are on the the quarterback). This, along with cutting down turnovers, is the next step in Luck’s evolution and there isn’t much doubt that it will happen.
The Colts can burn opponents in so many ways, defensive coordinators will be losing sleep trying to figure out how to stop them. The offense hasn’t been this stacked since 2004 when Peyton Manning tossed 49 touchdowns, setting a record at the time. This will be one of the best offenses in the NFL in 2015.
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