Now that the Indianapolis Colts (6-2) have played halfway through their 2013 season, Naptown’s Finest is giving out grades for this team at each position. Listed below is an in-depth look at the offensive side of the ball for the Indianapolis Colts, after eight games.
Quarterback – Andrew Luck does not do many commercials. He’s not flashy. He’s not pretty. It’s an obvious generalization, but all he does is win. Luck has ten 4th quarter comebacks already in his career, and he’s the type of player who never makes you feel like the game is out of hand. Luck has 13 total touchdowns this season, and only three interceptions. Mid-Season Grade – B+
Offensive Line - For the second season in a row, the Indianapolis offensive line has been shaken up. The offensive line has been shuffled all season long, due to odd play and injury. Andrew Luck has been hit and rushed early and often all season long, and it’s only a matter of time until a team really clamps down on the Colts. If Indianapolis wants to proceed in the postseason, then they need much better blocking up front. Mid-Season Grade – C-
Wide Receivers – The loss of Reggie Wayne is irreplaceable for this team. As this roster is currently constructed, there will be no way to replace Wayne’s production, which could seriously hurt this team in the playoffs. Darrius Heyward-Bey has basically been a bust, but T.Y. Hilton has stepped up in a major way. Mid-Season Grade – B-
Running Backs – Injuries wrecked the running backs roster early this season. The Colts lost Vick Ballard, traded for Trent Richardson, and then lost Ahmad Bradshaw the very next week. The running game now rests on the shoulders of Richardson and Donald Brown. Brown is on pace for less-than 500 rushing yards, and Richardson is already losing favor with Colts fans, for lack of production. Still, the sub-par running game is also a product of a suspect blocking scheme by the offensive line. Mid-Season Grade – C