Nov 222012
 

Last week: 9 (-1)

Record: 6-4

The Colts’ loss to the Patriots last week was a definite sign they haven’t quite arrived yet. They’ve beaten up on a bunch of bad teams and only have 1 win by more than a touchdown and that was against a 1-win Jacksonville team (who beat them earlier in the year). However, they have an easy schedule and a 2 game lead on everyone in the AFC except Cincinnati (5-5) for a playoff spot. They should make the playoffs, but once they get there, it doesn’t seem like they’re going to go anywhere.

Still, GM Ryan Grigson deserves the Executive of the Year award. No team turned over their roster from last year to this year more than the Colts. And it’s not just about Andrew Luck. I don’t even give him any credit for drafting Luck. 95 out of 100 people in his shoes would have taken him and the other 5 would have taken Robert Griffin and they wouldn’t have gone wrong either. It’s everything else. This team wasn’t a quarterback away or anything. They hadn’t drafted a Pro-Bowler since 2006 and Grigson came in this offseason and turned everything around.

And it wasn’t just personnel changes and it was the coaching staff, bringing in Chuck Pagano and Bruce Arians. Unfortunately, Pagano hasn’t been able to be out there on the sideline in most of their games, but he deserves the credit for all of the work he did with this team in the offseason. You can’t just roll out of bed week 1 this much of an improved team. It takes a ton of work in the offseason and he’s also provided a huge emotional boost off the field. Arians, meanwhile, has been a major stabilizing force as their Interim Head Coach in Pagano’s absence and a strong offensive coordinator and play caller.

Studs

LT Anthony Castonzo: Allowed 1 sack on 55 pass block snaps, run blocked for 11 yards on 5 attempts

Duds

LG Joe Reitz: Allowed 1 quarterback hit and 3 quarterback hurries on 55 pass block snaps, run blocked for 12 yards on 3 attempts

CB Josh Gordy: Allowed 5 catches for 65 yards on 6 attempts, 3 solo tackles, 1 assist

CB Darius Butler: Allowed 7 catches for 75 yards on 10 attempts, 6 solo tackles, 1 assist, 2 stops, 1 missed tackle

LE Cory Redding: Did not record a pressure on 27 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle, 1 stop

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