Indianapolis Colts Should Start Mike McGlynn at Center From Now On

By Eric Smith
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The best move the Indianapolis Colts can do going forward would be starting Mike McGlynn at center over Samson Satele. They seem to play their best games on offense when he’s starting there.

Satele has struggled to help Indianapolis this year. He’s a terrible run blocker and doesn’t protect Andrew Luck very well. But when McGlynn is the center Indianapolis is much better as far as execution.

Luck was only sacked twice in the two games McGlynn was the starter. That’s much better than the rest of the year. He was rarely hurried today as the same against the San Francisco 49ers. Both the 49ers and the Houston Texans thrive in the pass rush and McGlynn leading the line at center helped Indianapolis look good against them.

The other factor is in the run game. Indianapolis was terrible on the ground most of the year, but the two games they looked good, McGlynn was at center.

Against San Francisco the Colts rushed for 184 yards on 40 carries. Today, against the Texans, Indianapolis had 152 yards on 36 carries.

That’s why McGlynn should be permanently moved from guard to center. Like Satele being a terrible protector at center, McGlynn is terrible at guard. Moving him gives other guys a better opportunity to open holes in the run game and protect Luck.

Today’s unit of Anthony Castonzo, Hugh Thornton, McGlynn, Joe Reitz and Gosder Cherilus was a good group. This should be the starting five on the line from here on out.

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

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