With the Colts having a young offensive line, they were expected to grow together. But so far, they have only gotten worse.
The Colts have an extremely young offensive line. They were expected to grow together and improve together. Most of the line was drafted in the last few years. But somehow they were worse this season than they were last year.
The line gave up a ridiculous 52 sacks this season. Some of this is on Jacoby Brissett, who held the ball a lot on some plays. He was trying to pick up the offense without the benefit of training camp, and that led him to some struggles.
Even with Brissett holding onto the ball awhile, starting quarterback Andrew Luck has been known to do that his whole career. With Luck behind center, the line has never given up more than 41 sacks. That is a large number, but it’s still less than they gave up with Brissett calling the shots.
Anthony Castonzo is the oldest lineman the Colts have. He is 29 years old, and is the most consistent lineman the Colts have. The rest of the line is extremely young, with Ryan Kelly, Jack Mewhort, Joe Haeg, Denzelle Good, and Le’Raven Clark all being 26 or younger.
With them being so young, they were expected to have some rough patches early in their careers. But they have not improved as expected. The Colts should seriously think about upgrading the line in the off-season, maybe even using the number three pick in the draft on a lineman. Colts quarterbacks cannot continue to get hit at the rate they are right now.
The Colts could stand to get some more veterans on the o-line. That would help the younger players learn some things, and allow them to grow into their roles. Hopefully, the line improves quickly. Otherwise, Colts quarterbacks are going to need a lot of ice packs.