I was meaning to get to this last night but I had to get my nerves under control after that disaster
1.) I think the offense is a lot better than they displayed last night. The mix up with Ugoh, Johnson not playing, and the disaster that was Corey Hilliard created the protection problems the O-Line had. This disrupted continuity and rythm, which is crucial in pass protection. On the bright side, the line appeared capable of creating holes for the running game.
2.) I think the defense should improve as well. Again, several starters were missing, particularly in the secondary. On top of that, several players along the defensive line that played, will likely not start. Big Ed looks a bit rusty, but should some of the ability that made this defense great in 2007. If the Colts can get the tackling cleaned up, the problems should clear up.
3.) I think what I said earlier about Donald Brown will hold true. We saw the explosion in the running game that we haven't seen since Edgerrin James before his knee injury. That explosion will add a new dimension to our offense and a new threat to opposing defenses.
4.) I think there is still quite a bit of work cut out for Rychleskie. So far, none of the kick returners have shown anything special. Im not sure if its an issue of blocking or the returners. If I had to guess right now, I say its the returners.
5.) I think Ugoh will reclaim his job at LT. I though the pressure was coming from his side at first since I thought he was playing RT, but after I watched the first couple of series, he did a pretty good job of protecting Manning. When he was put in at RG, he played pretty good as well. My guess is that if Ugoh can play well at different positions, the Colts will figure he is worth keeping since he showed versatility, a staple of all Colt linemen.
Thats my five. Fire away with yours