The Colts gave up 456 yards passing to Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers on Sunday. The secondary needs some major help right now.
It’s never good to give up over 450 yards passing. It’s even worse when you do that after you still get four turnovers, including three interceptions. But it’s even worse when you do that and you still lose the game. That was the case, and it ended the Colts’ playoff hopes.
You might initially think that it’s all on the secondary, but that’s not necessarily true. The defensive line is just as much to blame as the secondary. In the last few games, they have failed to generate an acceptable pass rush. Quarterbacks have been able to sit in the pocket and tear apart their zone.
Because they haven’t been getting enough pressure with their front four, they’ve had to blitz more. That just leaves the zone open with bigger holes in it. Their man-to-man coverage hasn’t been the greatest either, so they’re forced to sit in zone more.
The secondary definitely gets the lion’s share of the blame though. They have to do a better job of closing the gaps faster in the zone. Winston shows that he makes bad decisions with the ball. You have to force him to make more poor decisions.
There’s not much the Colts can do about it until the offseason. They can get some upgrades for both the secondary and the defensive line to help the terrible pass defense. Something needs to be done.