Answering your Week 7 Indianapolis Colts questions.Posted by Jake Arthur NFL on Sunday, October 22, 2017
Jackson Cross (Facebook)
“How long will we have Frank Gore left?”
Gore is in the final year of his contract and will be 35 years old when the 2018 season starts. My guess is that this is his final year in Indianapolis, if not the NFL. The Colts will still have Marlon Mack and Robert Turbin under contract, so they are set from that perspective. I imagine they will add another complementary back through free agency or the draft.
David Burroughs (Facebook)
“You think we would greatly benefit from a high draft pick next year, or do you want the Colts to win some more games this year?”
The draft nerd in me says “Get them draft picks”, but my heart says to let the season play out. The Colts are set up nicely late in the season with the return of Andrew Luck and Clayton Geathers. However, will their return be too late? If it looks like they can make a legitimate run at the playoffs, I’m all for it. However, I am very down with a good draft pick. Plus, if another team wants to try and trade for Jacoby Brissett, that’s going to take an early-round draft pick — maybe multiple.
RGII (@RickGonzalesII, Twitter)
“I know outside pass rush is a HUGE need for this team... but with the extreme lack of talent at inside linebacker, which should/could be addressed first?”
While the draft is set up to draft by best player available and not need, we’ll go with hypotheticals and look at need first. To me, pass rush is more important than inside linebacker play. It’s also easier to find someone to play inside linebacker than it is to find an elite pass-rusher. All good defenses are able to bring down the quarterback. It’s arguably the most important trait that a defense can have.
Paul L Brady (@engbrady, Twitter)
“What will it take for the Colts coaching staff to get out of the players’ way in the second half of the game?”
I think they mostly just need to carry what worked for them in the first half, into the second half. Make adjustments, if necessary, based off of what the opponent has changed about their game in the second half, but don’t out-coach yourself. If you have a lead, wait til much later to milk it rather than the entire half. Matt and I covered this topic this week on the Colts Cast.