Indianapolis, IN- Entering this season the Indianapolis Colts organization and fan base thought this was going to be a lockdown defense. They finally had two shutdown corners in Vontae Davis and Greg Toler on both ends and should do a better job in breaking up passes.
Through the first six games, Davis has been superb and Toler has been so-so at best.
Yes, Toler intercepted his first pass of the season on the opening drive of the year for the Colts, but since then he’s been pretty average. Then in last night’s embarrassing loss to the below average San Diego Chargers he was terrible. Middle school kids could have caught a pass against Toler last night.
In reality it was a team loss, but Toler was the biggest reason to why Indianapolis lost. He played way too soft of coverage on his man. San Diego doesn’t have anyone that can beat you if you play up on the line of scrimmage. Indianapolis has a phenomenal pass rush so far this year but could never get going due to Toler being exposed.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers knew that and got the ball out on short slant routes on Toler before anyone could get to him. Toler never gave his team a chance. Then when he would play good coverage at the line he would make a boneheaded mistake making two penalties on third down allowing the drive to continue instead of forcing the Chargers to punt.
His lack of skills right now are hurting this team. If he can’t get that corrected Indianapolis will get beaten the next two games and will be back to .500 in what should be a special season. The coaching staff needs to see this and force him to play press coverage. If he can’t do that then they need to find someone who will because he’s hurting this team right now. He’s the main reason drives were kept alive last night.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru