We all know what the Colts' worst case scenario is. And that's not just for this season. This was for last season, next season, the season 6 years from now, hell it was the worst case scenario for the Colts from 1998-2011. Again, we all know what the worst case scenario is this season, and I'm not gonna mention it so we don't get any bad LUCK (pun clearly intended).
After the loss to the Baltimore Ravens in January, it was evident that the weakest aspect as a football team was protecting Andrew Luck. I seen a stat posted in a Fanpost by indywinapolis I believe, stating that Andrew Luck was the most knocked down QB in the league last season with 122 knockdowns. Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was 2nd with 93. I'm goin to say that again so it can soak in your brain. Andrew Luck was first with 122 knockdowns and Aaron Rodgers was second with 93. Are you kidding me!?! How can a discrepancy be that great between 1 and 2. As a matter of fact, Rodgers was closer to the 21st most knocked down QB than he was to Andrew Luck.
This offseason we added 4 new linemen (2 in free agency and 2 in the draft) so those 122 knockdowns will hopefully go down. All offseason I've had high hopes of the team having a very solid OL with quality depth, and no more than a week into training camp, our depth is decimated with the injuries to Khaled Holmes and Hugh Thorton. These are also guys who fans thought would eventually take over and become starters.
It's been noted by StampedeBlue writers that Gosider Cherlius has been beat in one on ones quite often in practice. I hope that's due to Werner and Mathis being that good rather than Cherlius being that much worse. Donald Thomas is still still kind of unproven because he's been primarily a backup his whole career, and Satele and McGlynn are Satele and McGlynn. I'm also hoping that Satele improves this year due from last season which people seem to forget he was hurt for a lot of the year. Folks from what we've been hearing from training camp, it doesn't look like our OL has improved much. HOWEVER, it is still training camp and the guys are still trying to mesh and learn the new offense, but the injuries are still a concern. I say this is the 2nd worst case scenario because this could possibly lead up to the first worst case scenario which again will not be stated.
If the line cannot protect Andrew then we're looking at a 6-8 win season. We really need to protect Andrew this season to be successful. We were an 11 win team last year, but we got lucky quite a few times and I don't think we will get lucky two years in a row. Hopefully the problem is just that the line needs time to gel and get healthy before the season.