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Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Week 12 vs. Buccaneers

People who write about the NFL would have you believe that the Colts ran 26 times for 27 yards in their 25-12 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. But that’s hogwash. Three of those runs were kneeldowns by Matt Hasselbeck, for -3 yards. So they actually ran 23 times for 30 yards, a sparkling 1.3-yard average, with seven successes (using Football Outsiders’ definition) and a whopping...
Via The Colts Authority
December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

CA Injury Report Breakdown Week 11: Reitz to Left

You may or may not have noticed that there was no Injury Report Breakdown last week (probably not). The truth is that after hearing the news regarding Andrew Luck’s kidney and abdominal injuries, I retreated to a fallout shelter in my back yard because I believed that the sky had begun to fall. To my great surprise, the Colts out-gritted the Falcons on Sunday and somehow ended...
Via The Colts Authority
November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Week 11 vs. Falcons

Writer’s note: Due to a formidable combination of holiday travel, a trip to urgent care caused by my clumsiness (I’m fine now), and an annoyed pregnant wife who advised me to “get away from that stupid computer for once and enjoy Thanksgiving,” this will be an abbreviated post and won’t include my usual GIFs and images. After putting up one of their worst games of the...
Via The Colts Authority
November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Colts set to shuffle line with LT Castonzo out

The Indianapolis Colts, who were already dealing with one significant injury with quarterback Andrew Luck out of the lineup after suffering a lacerated kidney, now must contend with the absence of left tackle Anthony Castonzo.The 27-year-old Castonzo, who sprained his MCL late in last Sunday's 24-21 win over the Atlanta Falcons, has started 66 consecutive games for the Colts, dating...
Via Fox Sports
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The Path to Victory Review: Week 11

I wish Matt Hasselbeck received more consideration for NFL MVP. He is obviously the missing piece to the Colts’ puzzle. All this dude does is win. All joking aside, what a range of emotions on Sunday… “Maybe they could hang tight and steal a road win.” “This team looks terrible, they won’t win another game this season. “ “This is the best the defense has looked in...
Via The Colts Authority
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Chudzinski issues challenge to Colts' offensive line

After a reshuffling of the offensive in Week 3, Indianapolis Colts have seen noticeable improvement from their offensive line. As he settles into his role as the team's offensive coordinator, however, Rob Chudzinski is challenging the line to be among the league's best as the team heads into the second half of the season."Those guys have shown improvement. I know they’ve shown...
Via Fox Sports
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Week 8 vs. Panthers

The premise that the Colts’ offensive line “still isn’t fixed” has been a big part of the anti-Ryan Grigson talk this season. It’s an easy statement to make, with the rash of penalties by offensive linemen (22 for 165 yards through eight games by my count) and the ever-present sight of Andrew Luck on the ground. It’s also not true. Grigson critics have plenty of ammunition...
Via The Colts Authority
November 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Week 6 vs. Patriots

In the Colts’ previous two games, against Jacksonville and Houston (the only other two I’ve fully charted this season), the Indy offensive line allowed a total of seven pressures, 10 hits and three sacks. In Sunday’s 34-27 loss to the Patriots, they gave up 14 pressures, six hits and four sacks (that’s actually “blocks leading to sacks”; Jack Mewhort and Khaled Holmes...
Via The Colts Authority
October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Week 5 vs. Texans

After a few weeks of charting the Colts’ receivers, I realized four things: 1) People didn’t really care. 2) I didn’t really care. 3) It didn’t take any less time than charting the offensive line. 4) I missed charting the offensive line like hell. So here I am, back where I began. As always, offensive line charting comes with a heavy dose of disclaimers. Namely, this is...
Via The Colts Authority
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Colts bench two starters, shuffle OL

After an 0-2 start to the season, the Indianapolis Colts have decided to make wholesale changes along the the offensive, the Indianapolis Star reported. The Colts benched starting guards Todd Herremans and Lance Louis for Sunday's Week 3 matchup against the Tennessee Titans.  Jack Mewhort, who started the first two game of the season at right tackle, was shifted to left guard in...
Via Fox Sports
September 27, 2015  |  Discuss

What Do The Colts Need to Work On During Week 3?

View image | gettyimages.com The Colts were one of the teams projected to make a run to the Superbowl this year. For the second straight year, the Colts have started the season 0-2. The difference between this year and last year is that they scored less points in the first two games in 2015 (10.5 ppg). There are several issues that the Colts need to fix if they want to solve...
Via TopSportsReport
September 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Dr. Filmlove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Trust the Process – Week 2

Welcome to the first installment of Dr. Filmlove, a film breakdown of the week that was. The original idea for this piece is that I will watch the game and choose three to five plays that I think are pivotal, interesting, or just plain head scratching. Then I will break them down in an effort to give people a better understanding of the X’s and O’s behind the controlled chaos...
Via The Colts Authority
September 26, 2015  |  Discuss

The Path to Victory: Week 2 Review

Last week, I gave two areas the Colts needed to find success to send them down the Path to Victory. Let’s review how they did. Result: 20-7 loss vs. NY Jets Offense Goal: 12 TE targets Actual: Zero Before you say, “Joe Reitz had a chance at a touchdown!” I’m going to stop you. Reitz is a lineman and should not have been in that situation. The coaching staff thought they could...
Via The Colts Authority
September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts Send 323 LB Offensive Lineman Out Into A Pass Pattern--And He Tries Really Hard!

When you are in the NFL and weight 323 pounds you typically are asked to do one thing--hit people. Teams want you to either block on the offensive line or rush on the defensive front. Normally, Joe Reitz is blocking when the Colts call on him to play, but not Monday night.No, Monday night they had him go out for a pass. He tried real hard to get it, but in the end it was just out...
Via FatManWriting
September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Colts' Thornton suffers knee injury in practice

A knee injury suffered during Wednesday's practice will keep Indianapolis Colts reserve guard Hugh Thornton on the sideline for at least the near future.Per ESPN, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said Thornton is "week-to-week" with the injury.Thornton, the Colts' third-round pick in 2013, started 20 games over the past two seasons, but last his starting job to veteran Lance Louis over...
Via Fox Sports
August 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts: Offensive line projection

The Indianapolis Colts have had a problem with their offensive line stability since the beginning of time, it seems. And this year, it’s already started in an uneven way. Offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus’ health is up in the air as the season approaches, and the back-up plan isn’t clear as of yet. So far, the Colts have had Jack Mewhort filling in for him, which could be the...
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June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Colts' Thornton hoping for a healthy 2015

The Indianapolis Colts have questions along the offensive line heading into training camp. Guard High Thornton hopes he can be one of the answers and after an injury-plagued 2014 season. Thornton, the Colts' third-round pick in 2013, played in just 10 games last season because of ankle, knee and shoulder injuries. He spent the team's recently compleed offseason program rotating as...
Via Fox Sports
June 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts: Projected Offensive Line

The offensive line has been a rotating door for the Indianapolis Colts, for who knows how long at this point. Yes, a big reason for this is because of injuries, but the offensive line play itself has been pretty bad as of late. Chuck Pagano and the coaching staff are hoping to find a consistent starting line-up this year in order to help alleviate the less than ideal play of the...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Colts' Herremans open to playing right tackle

The Indianapolis Colts hope they have the answer at right tackle for the upcoming season in veteran Gosder Cherilus. But with Cherilus coming off groin and knee injuries suffered last season, the timetable for his return is in question. So if Cherilus isn't ready to go Week 1, who is? Joe Reitz, who started three games last season, remains on the roster. The Colts did use a seventh...
Via Fox Sports
May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Win Tickets to the Blue Breakfast!

Blue Breakfast at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center Have breakfast with me, Colts offensive lineman and Hamilton Southeastern graduate Joe Reitz, RTV 6’s Rafael Sanchez, and hear how Coburn Place is changing the lives of Indiana women and children. Believe and achieve…there’s no better way to start your day! Join us April 2nd from 7-9 AM at the home of the Colts. And...
Via The Blue Mare
March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

While Free Agency Looms, Colts Re-Sign Mike Adams, Joe Reitz, and Cam Johnson

  DENVER, CO – JANUARY 11: Vontae Davis #21 and Mike Adams #29 of the Indianapolis Colts and Emmanuel Sanders #10 of the Denver Broncos react after a broken play during a 2015 AFC Divisional Playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 11, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Welcome Back Mike Adams The Colts have signed Mike Adams to...
Via The Colts Authority
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Colts Sign G Joe Reitz To An Extension

The Indianapolis Colts announced Tuesday that they’ve signed G Joe Reitz to a contract extension.
Via NFL Trade Rumors
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Indianapolis Colts adding versatility along the offensive line; solid start

When the Indianapolis Colts signed Todd Herremans yesterday, they added a man who can play any position up front, something the Colts will need as they had 11 different starting lineups in 2014. Herremans signed a one year deal worth $3.5 million, and will likely compete for right guard of center, if he is unable to get there, he will  be the backup at both spots. He will likely...
Via cover32 - Colts
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: AFC Championship Game vs. Patriots

You and I both know what happened in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. The Colts lost. Badly. Again. And the Patriots were using deflated footballs. Instead of belaboring the same old points about the offense’s ineptitude, the coaches’ ineptitude, the defense’s ineptitude and Roger Goodell’s ineptitude, I’m going to do what I do best: focus all of my attention on an...
Via The Colts Authority
January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Divisional Round vs. Broncos

Writer’s note: Due to ongoing server issues at Colts Academy, I’m over here again this week, and I’ll probably stay here the rest of the season – however long that may be. Please see the toggles in my last Colts Academy post for definitions of terminology and disclaimers regarding subjectivity. The narrative would have been so easy: the Colts’ offensive line caused the...
Via The Colts Authority
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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