For most of this season, the Indianapolis Colts‘ offensive line has struggled. They have had their games where they’ve performed well, but they’ve been historically bad as of late. It may be one of the worst offensive lines in all of football.
Today, the line nearly cost the Colts a shot at a victory to the Tennessee Titans. The Colts could get nothing going all day and were kept out of the end zone until the end when the line actually decided to show up.
Andrew Luck was sacked five times this afternoon in Lucas Oil Stadium, with four of them coming in the first half. In two of the instances, he was sacked and fumbled on the play. The reason he fumbled? He had at least three guys throwing him down on those sacks with zero Colts linemen around him.
Prior to the final drive, the Colts’ running game had less than 40 yards as the problem was looking like it was now the line not the backs behind them. They failed to open holes and were on the ground most of the time, allowing free shots at Luck. Luck had zero time all day and had to will this victory by himself.
What’s even scarier is his blindside. Left tackle Anthony Castonzo allowed two sacks today, while rookie left guard Hugh Thornton allowed two himself. The fifth was on right tackle Gosder Cherilus. That’s four blindsided sacks on Luck. That seems to be the story of every game. That’s not only embarrassing, but needs to be addressed. If it wasn’t for the defense and Luck today, the Colts would have lost their third game in four contests.
The reality is that with a line like this, they won’t beat any contenders. Those five guys are an absolute joke of a unit.
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.