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Joe Philbin named Colts' best offseason addition by ESPN

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At this point in the offseason, most of the major moves that are going to be made have already been made. The big rush of free agency is over, as is the NFL Draft.

Because of that, this time can sometimes be very slow, but it's also a nice time to reflect on those moves made by teams in the past few months. Recently, ESPN did just that, as their writers listed the best offseason addition for each team. For the Colts, Mike Wells listed offensive line coach Joe Philbin as the best addition.

The line problems for the Colts are well-documented. Philbin, despite his problems as coach of the Dolphins, has experience coaching the offensive line. He coached the position while with the Green Bay Packers. Philbin is taking over a unit in Indianapolis that gave up 118 quarterback hits last season and could have three new starters up front.

The Colts are one of seven teams on the list to not have a player included (the others were either coaches or general managers), and to some degree the inclusion of Philbin here makes sense. We all know that the Colts' offensive line hasn't been great in recent years, so bringing in a respected offensive line coach is a nice way to begin to address the unit. Furthermore, I would guess that Wells saw the large number of additions along the line (four draft picks were spent on linemen) and concluded that since Philbin is the one who will be coaching them up, he should be the selection. It's hard to argue with that. The Colts have talked up Joe Philbin a ton since he was hired and they seem to think very highly of him, so there's hope that he will be able to help the offensive line improve as a whole. If he does that and helps both veterans and rookies improve, I don't think there will be any doubt about who the most valuable addition was.

With that said, I probably would have gone with Ryan Kelly as my choice for the Colts' best addition this offseason. Again, though, it's hard to separate that from Joe Philbin (as if Kelly succeeds, it would just lend more support to Philbin being the best addition too). What's clear, though, is that the Colts heavily focused on their offensive line this offseason, so the best addition should follow suit. I would have gone with Kelly because of how massive of an upgrade he is at center and the fact that he will likely be the long-term starter at the position. Kelly is a good player, addresses a huge need, and should be a long-term answer. That would be my reasoning for making him the choice here, but I don't have a problem with it being Joe Philbin either.