I've been critical of the smurf D-line since I noticed 265lbs baby smurf E. Foster was starting at NT, not only way to small, but, a rookie at that. I was already concerned about big brother smurf 255lbs Dawson starting next to him.
Now I have read numerous reasons why this happens ranging from: the cover-2 requires smaller tackles that can penetrate, a rash of injuries, unexpected retirement, people getting kicked off the team; but, this is a "next man up team." The problem being that the next man up was 265lbs and not ready.
Well these two guys must have been sack artist, because they sure weren't stopping the run. I'll get to the sacks, but, first lets look at the smallish tackle issue.
I checked out the rosters of the some of the other cover-2 teams in the league, Kansas City Chiefs, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, and Detroit Lions. Not one team had a DT listed under 275lbs. The Bears had one D-tackle at 275lbs, the rest of their D-tackles were close to 300lbs or over. Two other teams had one tackle listed around 285. Most of the D-tackles on these teams were all around 300lbs. None of these guys are close to the size of a 3-4 NT, but, they are all much heavier then Clots D-tackles
The Colts went with penetration and speed at the starting tackle, so they must have had at least 10 sacks from those two starters, well no, Dawson 0 sacks, Foster 0 sacks. Brock had 3.5 and Reid had 2 and those guys weren't even full time tackles.
So both of the starting tackles can't stop the run and haven't gotten to the QB all year, I can sure see why they were left in there all year. It's amazing the colts won that many games and made the playoffs.
I'm hoping Coyer will get some real tackles and stop going after cast offs, left overs and smurfs.