After closing out a disappointing season with a 30-24 win against the Tennessee Titans, the Indianapolis Colts will not be in the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Heading into an off-season with a bunch of questions, what will the colts do?
I have a lot to talk about, which is not a good thing because there is a lot of problems the Colts have. From coaching, to a new GM, the horrific O-Line, and average Defense at best, Jim Irsay has a lot of tough decisions to make heading into Free Agency, and the draft.
Personally I like Chuck Pagano, but with the ways things are going, he will be gone. But he wasn’t the problem! The main problem in my opinion, was general manager Ryan Grigson. Sure he did make some good moves, whether it was drafting players, like TY Hilton and trading for Vontae Davis, he has done a LOT of stupid things. Let’s start with trading for Trent Richardson. It looked like a good move at the time, after disappointing outing from Richardson, Grigson continued to force Pagano to continue to start him. Also, drafting a wide reciever Phillip Dorsett, when WR is our strong suit, and we needed to help our defense and O-Line. Plus, he was the architect of the worst offensive line in the NFL.
My Plans: Even though Pagano is a good coach, I’d fire him because of his
lack of effort when it came to finding a solution for the defense. There have been some names out there, such as Sean Payton, John Gruden, Adam Gase, and Mike Shannahan, and all of those options are much better than Chuck. Obviously of course, firing Grigson would be the main goal.
Heading into last year’s free agency, the Colts thought it would be a good idea by signing some vets to solve all their problems. Though some of the signings such as Kendall Langford, and somewhat Frank Gore, Andre Johnson and Trent Cole were not. Plus not going after offensive lineman, like a Mike Iupati or others, was very bad. Drafting Dorsett was a bone headed move, but some picks like the Stanford teammates Henry Anderson and David Parry, plus Clayton Geathers looked very good.
My Plans (Draft): The Colts need to build through the draft if they want to compete in the future. If you look at elite teams, all their cores were all drafted by their own team. With that being said, drafting is very important. I think that the problem with the O-line is through the inside, and since there are no good guards and centers early in the draft, the Colts should go defense in the first round. I think that a corner would be a great idea, because Greg Toler is not very good. Someone like a Desmond King from Iowa, or Vernon Hargreaves from Florida if available would be my best bet, but also an inside linebacker like Scobby Wright, or Reggie Ragland from Bama would be great also.
My Plans (Free Agency): The Colts can’t use free agency to fix their problems. But there are options for Indy. Of course some depth at the offensive line would be smart, like an Evan Mathis would be nice. Since it looks like Dwayne Allen will be gone, a blocking tight end would be the way to go. Maybe Jermaine Gresham would be smart. Dwight Lowery was good this season, maybe he gets a look to come back, but Geathers should start. Jerrell Freeman is good, but drafting for an inside linebacker is the better move. But if not, they have the depth like a Nate Irving, but players such as Danny Trevaithan and DeMario Davis would be wise.