With the amount of changes that the organization has had this offseason, an offseason training program would be very helpful. There won’t be one, and it will affect the Colts immensely.
We are getting closer to the time where OTA’s would be conducted. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there won’t be any offseason training activities for any team in the NFL. The Colts will miss that program more than other teams will for this season.
That is because of how many changes the organization has gone through in free agency. They have a new quarterback, cornerback, and a couple new defensive tackles. All will need time to learn the system and get acclimated to their new teammates.
This offseason program would be especially good for Philip Rivers. While he probably knows the system fairly well from his time with both Frank Reich and Nick Sirianni in San Deigo, it would be nice for him to be able to develop some chemistry with his new receivers.
Players like T.Y. Hilton, Parris Campbell, and Jack Doyle would have used OTA’s to get used to Rivers throwing them the ball. It also would help them feel more comfortable on the field, as all of these players ended their season on Injured Reserve.
The Colts will have to make do with what they have available to them. At this point, there is a very good chance that there will be an abbreviated preseason as well as training camp. That means all of the new pieces of the team will have to learn to fit together quickly.
One thing the team can take to heart is that this isn’t a problem for just them. All the other teams in the league have to deal with the same parameters. Unfortunately, not every team is integrating a new quarterback like they are.