With OTA’s under way, it’s fair to wonder what the prospects of the team look like for next season. Colts fans can at least count on them not being worse than last season.
The Colts were terrible last season. A lot of people point to Andrew Luck being injured as the reason for that. That was a big part of it, but it was not the only part. The trenches on both sides of the ball were horrible. They were also trying to usher a brand new quarterback into their system in Jacoby Brissett.
Good news Colts fans: it can’t be worse next season. Luck should be healthy and back to his old self again. Even if he isn’t healthy, Brissett will have had an entire off-season under his belt to learn the Colts’ system.
The trenches will be better as well. GM Chris Ballard invested heavy draft capital on the trenches on both sides of the ball in this past draft. Those players will take time to develop, but they have such good talent that they should still make an immediate impact.
Injuries were a major factor last season as well. Luck was the big one, but the Colts had several other key players go down. Malik Hooker, John Simon, Rashaan Melvin, and Donte Moncrief were just a few of the players that were hurt for a better part of the season.
The Colts can’t be more injured next season. Injuries are a part of the game, but there is an element of bad luck to it as well. Indy should get more good luck when it comes to players being healthy next season.
All of this contributed to the Colts being bad, but also player development is a key. All of these players had another year to develop, so they will be better next season. That should translate into more wins.