I was excited to see Ryan Grigson targeting offensive linemen this weekend, but when I read and heard some of the draft analysis, there was talk of it no being "a sexy draft" for the Colts because there weren't more "skill players". One talking head called it a "meat and potatoes draft" but not one that will win a Super Bowl.
I strongly disagree.
I remember when the Washington Redskins won three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks under Joe Gibbs. One thing all three championship seasons had in common was a dominant Redskins' offensive line nicknamed "The Hogs".
The Super Bowl season in '82 John Riggins ran all over everyone all post season as the offensive line consistently battered defenders. The next Super Bowl win, against the Broncos, Tim Smith, a rookie halfback who hadn't played all year, rushed for over 200 yards, flying through holes big enough to drive a truck through.
Quarterback Mark Rypen could make big plays, but was mistake prone under pressure. When he led the Skins to a Super Bowl win over the Bills, I think he was only sacked around 9 times or something ridiculous like that all season.
When the Dallas Cowboys were winning in the 90's, Emmitt Smith and his big offensive line took over late in games. So many times I remember the Packers hanging with them right down to the wire, until the Cowboys' big O-line wore down the Packers' defensive front late in the fourth quarter.
The Packers were helpless. Emmitt Smith for 5 yards, Smith for 7 yards, Smith for 12 yards. Finally a 3rd or 4th and short before the O-line blew the Packers off the ball once again.
Of course we remember when the Colts won the Super Bowl in '06, the offensive line led the way in the post season. Glenn, Scott, Lilja, Saturday and Johnson opened holes for Addai and Rhodes — and the defense started to shutdown opponents on the ground.
A consistent running game opens up play action, leading to huge plays through the air, and giving a quarterback more time to throw allows plays to develop down field.
If the Colts hit on enough of their free agent and draft acquisitions on the line of scrimmage, look for higher yards per carry for running backs, more yards per catch for receivers and for Andrew Luck's completion percentage to jump way up.
Now that's sexy!