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Colts make some big offensive line changes for Sunday's game against Titans

The Colts are making some big changes along the offensive line for today's game against the Titans.

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The Colts' offensive line hasn't been good - at all - in the first two weeks of the season, but they talked all offseason and into training camp about the need for continuity.  That talk was well-placed, as it's something that the Colts need to work on.  For all of training camp, preseason, and the first two regular season games, the Colts stuck with the same offensive line.  Now, they're blowing it all up.

The Colts' starting offensive line today is as follows: Anthony Castonzo at left tackle, Jack Mewhort at left guard, Khaled Holmes at center, Hugh Thornton at right guard, and Joe Reitz at right tackle.

This means a couple of major changes for the Colts.  Firstly, that means they're be moving Jack Mewhort back to left guard - after he spent all offseason at right tackle and played there in the first two weeks.  He actually played pretty well at right tackle as well, and I'm not sure I'd be in favor of ending that experiment so quickly.  But I think the Colts weren't happy with Lance Louis or Todd Herremans at the guard spots, and I think the Colts clearly feel more comfortable with Joe Reitz at tackle rather than guard.  So that means moving Mewhort to left guard and inserting Reitz into the lineup at right tackle.  I love getting Reitz involved, but I think the best move may have been leaving Mewhort at right tackle and playing Reitz at guard.  Either way, however, those two should be solid for the Colts.

What this also means is that Todd Herremans has been benched in favor of Hugh Thornton.  The Colts want to see what Thornton can do, and while he hasn't been overly impressive with his chances, it's worthwhile to give him another one.  And with Herremans struggling mightily and with Louis both struggling and injured, the Colts must have thought that now was the time to give Thornton a shot.

The best offensive line that the Colts had last year was in the playoffs, and it's possible that the Colts are looking to return to that - as this lineup would be the exact same one as during the playoffs last year, with the only change being Thornton starting at right guard instead of Louis.

There's certainly reason to think and hope that this line will be an improvement, but it's still a surprise to see the Colts make such big moves after only two weeks.