The Colts need a lot of improvement on both sides of the ball. But they should focus more on improving the offense than the defense.
Defense wins championships. That is the old adage that has been passed down through generations of coaches and fans. But is that necessarily true? And even if it is, should the Colts follow that philosophy?
All of the great Colts teams of the past had something in common; great offense. They were able to simply out score teams and get by with average defense. Of course those teams had great players, but they also were primarily offensively focused.
As currently constructed, the offense is much better than the defense. They also are more easily able to improve the offense than the defense. Andrew Luck can carry the team in spurts during the season, he just needs a little help.
If the team can get some more wide receivers, the team would be greatly improved. If Luck can get some help, the team will be hard to stop. Luck can help the offense a lot more than any individual player can help the defense.
The Colts are also more equipped in terms of philosophy to out score teams. Coach Frank Reich isn’t exactly a defense first coach. He knows how to construct efficient and powerful offensive sets. The best part of the Colts has always been the offense.
There are some players in free agency that the Colts could still get that would help them out. They need players that can find seams in the defense and reliably catch the ball. They also need more offensive lineman that can reliably protect Luck and stay healthy.
The team will get better next season. It is only a matter of time before the offense carries the team to new heights, provided the organizations invests in them.