The Colts’ offensive line was their big focal point this offseason, but so far this year it hasn’t been great and Andrew Luck has been the most-sacked quarterback in football through five games.
The team is confident in the players they have up front, and they’ve added some talented young players such as Ryan Kelly, Denzelle Good, and Joe Haeg to the mix - all three of whom started last week.
The line is a work in progress, and general manager Ryan Grigson is honest about where the unit is at and the struggle it’s been to try to find good linemen.
“Well I think the continuity is something that’s so important,” Grigson told WTHR’s Bob Kravitz. “We’ve had so many different lineups, so many musical chairs, and I take full responsibility for that. I mean, it’s been really tough sledding. Never dreamed it would be this hard to get a line right in all this time. We’ve swung and missed, I’ve swung and missed on guys, injuries have played into that. We feel like we’ve got our left tackle [in Anthony Castonzo], Jack [Mewhort] is playing really good football for us, Ryan’s not a rookie in my estimation anymore, Denzelle [Good] has got to clean some things up, he put together three and a half really good quarters last week, he had his spells, he’s got to iron those out. A lot of it’s due to just the details, and then right tackle, the Joes [Joe Reitz and Joe Haeg], they both bring different things to the table, but again it’s continuity I feel, and I still feel the arrow is up. Even with guys like Le’Raven Clark, and guys on the back end of that group, I think there’s real promise there and I am bullish on that group.”
It’s refreshing to hear Grigson open up about how it’s been a struggle to put together an offensive line, much more so than he expected. And he also didn’t just say that the entire team was great, but he was optimistic. He was honest in saying that Denzelle Good has some things to clean up, but that didn’t diminish his optimism and confidence in Good to do just that. As opposed to other people with the Colts just saying good things about the team that everyone knows to be false, at least Grigson is optimistic and positive in an honest way.
And he’s right in the fact that the Colts do have talent, but they just need them to play to that talent level.