Colts latest tryouts for secondary another indictment of front office’s bad offseason

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - AUGUST 15: General Manager Chris Ballard of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - AUGUST 15: General Manager Chris Ballard of the Indianapolis Colts (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /

It isn’t entirely surprising that the Indianapolis Colts‘ offense has struggled out of the gates. After all, the offensive line is banged up (and not getting any healthier) and has been a turnstile through the first three weeks.

As a result, Carson Wentz has had limited opportunities to throw from a clean pocket. In other words, until the offensive line gets its act together, the Colts’ offense will continue to struggle and the team will continue to lose games.

You know what has been a surprise, though? The defense’s inability to come up with a big stop. Outside of DeForest Buckner, Rock Ya-Sin (no, we’re not trolling), and Kwity Paye, everyone on the defense has underperformed.

The defensive line is struggling to generate pressure. Darius Leonard is clearly feeling the effects of his ankle injury. Even the secondary has looked inept.

Speaking of the secondary, the Colts are scrambling for solutions after they surrendered at least 25 points for the third consecutive game.

On Tuesday, the Colts worked out a pair of free agent defensive backs, including Grant Haley and former Jaguar DJ Hayden.

The Colts’ latest DB tryouts are another indictment of the front office’s poor offseason.

We don’t mean to toot our own horn here, but we practically begged general manager Chris Ballard to add more secondary depth in the offseason. The fact of the matter is that Ya-Sin and Julian Blackmon (to an extent) are the only members of Indy’s defensive backfield that have lived up to or exceeded expectations thus far.

Kenny Moore was sloppy in Week 1 and was chasing ghosts trying to cover Cooper Kupp in the Week 2 loss. Xavier Rhodes, meanwhile, was sidelined for the first two games and was way off the pace this past Sunday vs Tennessee. Even the usually dependable TJ Carrie hasn’t looked like himself.

Is it Ballard’s fault the secondary has been such a letdown thus far? Probably not, but he’s definitely to blame for the lack of depth behind the de facto starters. Something tells us the fifth-year GM regrets releasing Andre Chachere and Marvel Tell, two camp and preseason standouts, before the final round of roster cuts.

It’d be one thing if the Colts’ secondary was ravaged by injuries. That would obviously warrant inviting free agents in for a workout. However, the group is nearly at full-strength after Rhodes returned to the lineup.

Is this a response to Ya-Sin’s injury after the 2019 second-round pick left Week 3 in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury? Perhaps, but again, the Colts should have the requisite depth on their roster to compensate for one injury.

The fact that they don’t — why else would they be looking to add players three weeks in the season? — is a huge indictment on the front office.