Indianapolis Colts Offseason Review
The Indianapolis Colts will we be eager to return to the gridiron as they look to bounce back from last year’s disappointing AFC conference finals loss against the New England Patriots. They come into 2015 with their aim set on one thing, a Super Bowl ring. This has been made very clear after having a busy offseason where they acquired several veteran players, including running back Frank Gore from San Francisco, wide receiver Andre Johnson from Houston, free safety Dwight Lowery from Atlanta, defensive end Kendall Langford from St. Louis, and right guard Todd Herremans from Philadelphia.
One of the main concerns for the Colts after acquiring so many veterans is the age factor. There are currently 10 players on their starting roster that are over the age of 30. They also have no rookies set to start. This may result in a solid first half, but it will be interesting to see how the veterans hold up late in the season. However, if they do make it into the playoffs and remain healthy, the added experience will be a great advantage.
A large portion of the age concern is with linebacker Robert Mathis, who missed all of last season with an Achilles injury. Mathis led the league with 19.5 sacks in 2013, and will be looking to make a full recovery, but at 34 years old, his age raises many worries on his ability to still be effective. Mathis has spent his entire 13 year career with the Colts and is a critical asset to their defense.
The Colts will sure to be utilizing many of the young players selected in the 2015 draft. The most exciting of these players is wide receiver Phillip Dorsett from Miami. Dorset will look to fill in the shoes of long time Colt Reggie Wayne who, in March, was released from the Colts into free agency.
Other players drafted to the Colts include cornerback D’Joun Smith from Florida Atlantic, short safety Clayton Geathers from Central Florida, defensive end Henry Anderson from Stanford, and nose tackle David Parry also from Stanford. You can bet that these players will be seeing plenty of action as the season goes on to bring relief to the older veterans.
Head coach Chuck Pagano has also been busy making changes to the Colts’ coaching staff by adding Jim Hostler as their wide receivers coach. Hostler, who was the 2014 Bills offensive assistant, will be replacing Charlie Williams, who will now coach the running backs in replace of David Walker. Other changes to the Colts’ coaching staff includes moving Tim Berbenich from offensive to defensive assistant, naming Hal Hunter as co-offensive line coach along with Joe Gilbert, and moving Brad White to outside linebacker coach from defensive quality control coach.
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There will be plenty of focus centered on Andrew Luck as he enters into his fourth year as the Colts starting quarterback. Luck had a fantastic 2014 season, finishing with a league leading 40 touchdown passes. He was also third in total passing yards with 4,761, and seventh in passer rating at a respectable 96.5. If Luck can be more selective with his passing and bring his interception total down from last year’s 16, he will be one of the most dominant quarterbacks in the league.
The Colts will kick-off their preseason on Sunday, August 16 in Philadelphia against the Eagles, followed by a home match against the Chicago Bears on Saturday, August 22. The Colts will certainly be an exciting team to follow this 2015 season. One thing for sure, is that if they manage to stay healthy throughout the regular season, you can guarantee they will be a major contender for the Super Bowl.
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