Greetings from Stampede Blue.
I'm seeing lots of fan-posts like this one in other blogs, so I'll return the favor to you fans, since that one of you, "Strange", also posted in ours, so I felt like retuning the favor to you all.
The Colt off-season was filled with optimism regarding the offense and defense, as both were drastically changed with the free agency. The main priorities were (not necessarily in order):
1.Protect QB Andrew Luck
2.Run the ball
3.Stop the run
How did these fare out?
Andrew Luck's improvement and maturity: Luck is in an offense that suits him better, the West Coast Offense, often called the "No-Coast Offense". This time around he could throw accurate deep passes, something he couldn't do last year. And his ability to shake off rushers is impressive. He managed to break a tackle from a defender right in front of him with two hands on the ball. Sacking him would be very hard if the offensive line could pass block better.
The wide receivers: Reggie Wayne always find a way to get open or make the hard catch. It's hard to believe he's 34 years old. Darrius Heyward-Bey is becoming a very good and reliable receiver too, and T.Y. Hilton is the speed deep threat, just like Mike Wallace.
The secondary: Vontae Davis, the former CB of the Dolphins, is shutting down receivers very well, while on the other side, Greg Toler is not as shutdown, but can cover well and might generate more turnovers. Antoine Bethea recently had some struggles with pass coverage but can stop the run. Same for the week's leading tackler, LaRon Landry.
The pass blocking: The Raiders' defensive line isn't known for their pass rushing and they still gave the Colts problems in that area, with LT Anthony Castonzo struggling the most. I have a feeling that the Dolphins will give a bigger trouble.
The pass rush: I read that the Dolphins' offensive line struggled on pass blocking, the Colts failed to generate pass rush recently. I could only see Cory Redding and Robert Mathis generate pressure, and that was WHEN they could generate pressure, but Terrelle Pryor shaked them off easily with his speed. 1st round pick Bjoern Werner has been horrible, so he's not to be feared much.
Ok that was the basics. You can ask me anything about the Colts and I'll answer. Goodbye, and best of luck to the Dolphins this year, except on next Sunday.