The people most at fault for Colts falling on their face this season
4. Jack Doyle’s blocking ability is missed on this roster
The tight ends for the Colts just do not block effectively. That has been the story of the season for them, which is tough considering Jack Doyle was such a great blocker and route runner on the offense. Doyle retiring has really hurt Indianapolis in the run game.
Chris Ballard really seemed to hone in on the tall, athletic tight ends in the draft and didn’t really think about getting a tight end that could block at all. Kylen Granson is on the shorter side at 6-foot-2, while Jelani Woods stands at 6-foot-7 and Mo Alie-Cox stands at 6-foot-6. Not to mention, Andrew Ogletree, who’s out with a torn ACL, is 6-foot-5.
The tight ends are true specimens at their positions in terms of size compared to the cornerbacks and linebackers they are covered by. Why aren’t the Colts using their tight ends more? Indianapolis could really be running two tight end sets more often if they were able to block on the line.
With Jack’s missing presence on the field, the running game has struggled with the additional protection coming from the line. Alie-Cox, Granson, and Woods are great at what they do, but if they can’t learn to block, then they might not be in Indianapolis very long. Especially if a new general manager comes to town.