This Colts team is very young, and has been since Chris Ballard joined the organization. If they want to be any good, the young players have to show some improvement.
Every team needs to develop their players in-house if they want to be a successful organization. The Colts are no different. In fact, they might need to develop their players more than other franchises because they typically aren’t a free agent destination.
The Colts have always had to draft and develop their own players in order to be successful. They are the youngest team in the NFL without counting Adam Vinatieri on their roster. Having so many young players means that they have to progress each year for them to be good.
Next year will be a big year for that to happen. Players such as Malik Hooker, Marlon Mack, and Jacoby Brissett are all entering critical seasons in their careers. They need to show that they can stay healthy and be counted on in big situations.
It’s up to the coaches to get the most out of these players. They have to coach them up and give them the tools they need to be successful. Brissett needs to improve the most out of anyone. If he can even just be above average next season, this team can make the playoffs.
The coaches know all of this and will have these players coached up during OTA’s and training camp. Training camp is going to be especially critical this season. That’s where a lot of live action happens that can help tell where the weaknesses are.
Those weaknesses can be fixed if the young players grow into their potential. Only time will tell if they can get everything out of these players that they can.