Every week, Colts fans and Stampede Blue readers can submit their Colts questions to have a chance of them being answered in our weekly Q&A.
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Let’s jump straight into this week’s questions:
Mpasley7 (Stampede Blue Comments): Do you think Leonard’s career is going to be affected by concussions? This is his second already and it took him much longer to return. Do you think it will affect his aggressiveness going forward?
Answer: With the recent attention given to concussions it can be worrying when a player gets more than one concussion or is out with a prolonged absence with a concussion. I don’t think Leonard’s career with be affected by his concussions unless there are more concussions in a short space of time or a really prolonged absence from one. Then again, ex-NFL linebacker Chris Borland seemed to retire out of the blue due to concern for head trauma.
Mr. Too Proud (Stampede Blue Comment): Every year there are about 4 to 6 coaches on the hot seat. Do you see one of our assistants as a fit for any of the teams that may be available? Also, is there a player on the roster you think we could use better or that deserves some more play time.
Answer: Current coaches some may say are on the hot seat could include; Dan Quinn from the Falcons, Freddie Kitchens from the Browns, Adam Gase with the Jets, Jason Garrett with the Cowboys and the vacant job in Washington. Both Nick Sirriani and Matt Eberflus were on head coaching radar last year and Eberflus was interviewed by the Cleveland Browns last year. If the Colts continue to be successful this year then it would not surprise me to see Sirriani and Eberflus on teams shortlists this year. The current trend is offensive minded head coaches getting the shout over defensive minded coaches, and how the Colts offense has been doing this year I could see Sirriani’s name hotting up.
Khari Willis has put on an excellent showing this year and showed that he belongs in the starting line up. Willis should be the team’s starting safety opposite Hooker. Rock Ya-Sin has slowly but surely stepped up each week and now is deservedly starting in the teams nickel defense. Ya-Sin hasn’t made the splash plays many fans want, but he’s been a steady and physical presence on defense. Bobby Okereke has improved week by week and played well in Darius Leonard’s absence. He had a breakout game against the Chiefs, making several plays including good coverage and recovering a fumble. Okereke deserves more snaps when Leonard does return from injury, maybe the coaches start him at MIKE linebacker over Anthony Walker?
Keep an eye out for Ben Banogu this week. With Kemoko Turay on injured reserve, Banogu will be getting a spike in snaps. Hopefully, Banogu takes advantage of this opportunity and plays well and shows the league what Chris Ballard saw when he drafted him in the second round in April.