2016 NFL Season Preview: Indianapolis Colts
After three straight playoff appearances all of that came to an end last year. Finishing a mediocre and lucky 8-8, and that lack of success undoubtedly coincides with quarterback Andrew Luck being sidelined for nine games due to injury. Many experts are predicting Indianapolis to rebound in a stylish fashion. The die-hard Colts fan in me wants to align my thoughts with these pundits, but I have my reservations.
I do think if (and this is probably a safe bet) Andrew Luck should be available for all sixteen games, the Colts offense will be lit to say the least and score easily and often. Their skilled position personnel borders on being top tier. With that said I do have some reservations about having a 33-year-old feature running back in Frank Gore, and an offensive line, which is suspect at best.
If Indy is going to be a playoff team, they’ll need its defense performing considerably better and muster up the ability to get off the field on third downs. Last year, they ranked 26th in total defense by allowing 379.1 yards per game. There’s nothing that jumps out at me when scanning the Colts current defensive depth chart, leading me to believe this unit hasn’t been enhanced to a high enough level to make a bold prediction regarding more than a marginal improvement at best.