Anthony Castonzo key to solidifying Colts O-line

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Anthony Castonzo
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Anthony Castonzo /

The Colts had a bad offensive line for the beginning of the season. But that has changed with the addition of their starting left tackle.

Anthony Castonzo just couldn’t get on the field. He had a hamstring problem that just wouldn’t go away. He missed all of training camp and the entire preseason. Then the problem dragged out to the first 5 weeks of the regular season. The offensive line suffered because of it.

Now that he is back and fully healthy, the offensive line has turned it’s play around. The last two weeks, Andrew Luck has not been sacked. The main reason? The team has their starting left tackle back healthy and ready to help the team.

Le’Raven Clark is just not very good. He tried his best to replace Castonzo, but he just simply isn’t very talented. Luck would feel pressure from his weak side constantly. He hardly had time to step up and throw. Clark also constantly got called for penalties.

Castonzo isn’t the only new addition on the offensive line. Braden Smith has been the starting left tackle for the last few weeks. He has done a good job at that spot. As a rookie playing out of position, he has done pretty well. But Castonozo’s impact cannot be ignored.

His presence raises the performance of the other offensive linemen as well. Having all of the linemen playing in sync is very important to the success of the team. That has been the catalyst for the high scoring team we have seen the past couple of weeks.

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Expect that to continue moving forward. The offensive line is much better and should only continue to get better as time goes on. That will lead to more points which should lead to more victories.