The Colts had a rough outing against the RGIII led Redskins in a game featuring this year's top two draft picks going head to head. I was a little surprised by the sub par play of the defense as they were repeatedly gashed in the running game. Nevertheless I remind myself that this is the preseason and the Colts are still learning a new defense. What did stick out to me however is just how much this team needs a second corner opposite Jerraud Powers. The Redskins were able to take deep shots down the field repeatedly because of the limited talent we have at one of the corner spots. Manusky had to be limited in his play calling with the defense because of it. I really hope this mystery "trade" goes down and brings in a quality player who can man the position soon. Coach Pagano isn't going to be able to field the kind of defense he incisions until this happens. Still, the Colts did keep the Skins starting unit to 14 points going into the third Qtr. They did force three three and outs to start the game before RGIII led the Skins to their 1st scoring drive of the game.
Another thing that didn't look good was our offensive line. The Redskins blitzed relentlessly and had great success when they did so sacking Luck 3 times and also forcing a safety in the 3rd Qtr. I am not too concerned about this because the silver lining in it is that it gives the Colts a tuneup for the Chicago game. This is the kind of pressure they are going to see and I believe the coaches will make the proper adjustments. Even though the Colts were outplayed by the Redskins, they played fairly well against a team that on paper is dubbed "better" than they are by most critics. Luck is a fast learner and also a student of the game. Both of those qualities will serve him well.
All in all, I believe by game six both the offense and defense will be much improved and gelling as they as a cohesive unit. People shouldn't put too much stock into the outcome of this game or what when on throughout it. These types of games are nothing more than tuneups for the regular season. While its true that opposing teams haven't fully opened up there play books, the same is true of the
Colts as well. Bottom line, Luck and the Colts will be ready when it counts.