5. Colts offensive line has really struggled in 2022
Has anything been more disappointing than the Colts’ offensive line this season? No one would have guessed that when Anthony Castonzo retired at the end of 2020, the offensive line would have taken a complete turn.
Does this start with coaching or a lack of play and chemistry with the line? How much of the Colts’ struggles can be put on Chris Strausser, the offensive line coach? Strausser, who has been with the team since 2019, has not coached up his line at all this season.
Is it odd that the line didn’t look good until Jeff Saturday came in and got them fired up, for a single game?
The Indianapolis offensive line has been very bland in 2022, allowing for 46 sacks through 13 weeks. In 2021, they only allowed 32. 2022 has seen more sacks in a single season since 2017 when the Colts allowed 56 total sacks. They are already on pace for allowing the most sacks in a single season.
It doesn’t help that the Colts’ players on the line don’t even look great. Quenton Nelson has been exposed many times this year. The same goes for Ryan Kelly and Braden Smith. You can blame a lot of those inconsistencies on rookies and Matt Pryor playing alongside them, but these issues should have been fixed by now.
Look for Ryan Kelly to be traded in the offseason and a complete overhaul of the offensive line in 2023.