Colts earn another ‘average’ offseason grade
The Indianapolis Colts have had a very quite offseason, and while they haven’t made headline, that’s probably for the best.
The Colts are halfway done with their organized team activities. They’ve signed all of their rookies (made much easier by the rookie wage scale) and the few players returning from injury are on track for opening day.
The team hasn’t made national headlines this offseason, but they were due for a quiet year after being crowed Super Bowl champs last May (and subsequently falling flat on their face once the season began). The only thing that will garner attention nationally will be Andrew Luck‘s upcoming contract extension, as he’s sure to set the new standard for upper tier quarterbacks.
Pro Football Focus is in the process of evaluating every team’s offseason. Keeping with what seems to be the national average for the Colts, PFF’s Josh Liskiewitz gave the Colts a “C” for 2016 so far.
There are a few things that stand out from the PFF perspective.
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Good. Bad. Good. Bad. PFF either loves or hates the Colts picks. The “T.J. Green
is terrible in coverage” is getting tiresome, especially for a safety who played more in the box in run support than in coverage. He has all the phyiscal tools you need in a safety, and a great secondaries coach in Chuck Pagano. DTHassan Ridgeway
on the other hand is hailed as a fantastic value pick, and one who will contribute as a pass rusher immediately (on a very deep defensive line). They also don’t like the number of missed tackles from linebackerAntonio Morrison
, but note he has a lot of potential.
The bland offseason is very reminiscent of the Bill Polian-Peyton Manning years. Little to no free agent signings, and the hope that the young talent develops. If the team has indeed nailed the past two drafts, things could be looking up for the Colts. The 2016 season is going to hinge on Luck’s health and the development of a lot of first and second-year players.
Safe to say that the mostly new coaching staff has their work cut out for them.