Colts mid-season grades: Offense
Now that it is halfway through the season, it’s time to take a look back at the first half of the year. Here is how each offensive unit played through the first half of the season.
Early on, the Colts did not look like a good offense. They struggled to move the ball at times and turned it over too much. They also struggled with sacks and pressure. But now things have settled down. Here is how each unit grades out through the entire first half of this season.
Luck has done a pretty good job in his first season since 2016. He hasn’t gotten hurt, and he has settled down his turnover problem lately. He has thrown 23 touchdowns to 8 interceptions at this point, but hasn’t thrown a pick in the last two games. He hasn’t taken a ton of deep shots yet, but should in the second half now that his running game is going.
This grade is indicative of their early season issues. The backs struggled to consistently get yards and find openings. Nyheim Hines also had issues catching the ball consistently. But they seem to have fixed those issues, and now Marlon Mack is running wild. Hopefully that continues in the second half.
The Colts had issues early on protecting Luck. But that was mainly because of injuries. They had to put backups in who just flat out aren’t good. But they have seen some stability in the last few weeks with their O-line, and now they seem to have things going. They have actually allowed the 3rd fewest sacks in the league thus far. Very surprising.
Eric Ebron has been a wonderful free agent signing. He has had a few dropped passes, but not as many as years past. And now he has the most tight end touchdowns in the league. Jack Doyle has been good when he’s been out there. Erik Swoope and Mo Alie-Cox have also contributed this season as well. This has been the best unit on the football team this year.
Drops. Drops. And more drops. That is how to describe the first half of the year for the wide receivers. The drops killed the team’s chances to win on multiple occasions. The last two games have been better, but they need to show that they have gotten rid of that issue for good.
The second half of the season should be better now that everyone is back in the groove of football. Hopefully all of these grades are higher by the end of the year.