Re: Colts staff retires
posted at 5/18/2009 2:38 PM EDT
[QUOTE] ...we're concerned about the coaching turnover, but cautiously optimistic because all the players seem to be in place and the "new" coaches have been with the team for years. Those of us who watch a lot of Colt games are very familiar with the scene of Tom Moore going over aerial photos on the sideline between series, looking for opportunities and weaknesses. My sense is that Manning can do that pretty well himself, but I'm sure that losing Moore will hurt a little in that department. We'll see...I wouldn't be shocked to see some growing pains, but this is an established offensive system with all the key components being established veterans - I expect the offense to be pretty good in the end.
Posted by JulesWinfield[/QUOTE]
Jules...heres' an excellent article on the Colts that I think you'll enjoy. It lists 10 things which the Colts must do to return to the SB.
Curiously, it rates adjusting to the coaching only 10th on the list. If thats' so, it doesn't seem to say too much about Tony Dungy's perceived value to the team. In my view, the instability created by the losses of Dungy, OC Tom Moore, and OL coach Howard Mudd, will hurt. How much so remains to be seen.
It also contains a discussion on the Colts' weakness in recent years in kick coverage. I've always felt that this can be attributed to Indy's salary structured being skewed too much to their stars...thus not leaving much space to hold on to quality reserves. It will also be interesting to see how much their punter, Hunter Smith, will be missed (although, with their offense, I don't see that as such a big deal).
The article also touches on Indy's need for a good second TE. Over the past few years, the Colts have lost good ones, such as Ben Utecht. He was a very effective role player for them...but left through free agency.
The Indy OL bears watching. Pro-bowl caliber center Jeff Saturday is 33, coming off knee surgery. Tony Ugoh started well, but back problems have hampered his development. Their top rookie from last year, Mike Pollak, is coming off knee surgery. Plus...with Mudd gone, Indy is losing one of the better OL coaches in the game.
Another point of discussion was that Indy must run the ball more, to win. Indy's profound pass threat has seemingly set up their running attack. The Colts have always screened, and run delayed hand-offs/draw plays very well. The addition of RB Donald Brown should provide them with a lethal two-headed RB monster...as he and Joseph Addai have similar strengths, and running styles.
Indy's passing game has suffered due to the decline of Marvin Harrison. It is hoped that Anthony Gonzalez will step up and play a bigger role in the passing attack. But, without Harrison, the Colts lack a deep threat. This in turn allows safeties to concentrate of TE Dallas Clark, and on staying at home more...to combat screens and draws. It also allows double-coverage on Reggie Wayne.
On defense, the Colts needed an infllux of size inside. It remains to be seen if Fili Moala, the huge DT they drafted in the second round out of USC, can do what he did for the Trojans...penetrate and tie up offensive lineman, allowing the LBs to roam free and make plays.
Their secondary is thinner than last year. But, a return to full health of Dwight Freeney (to provide a strong pass-rush) and SS Bob Sanders should be what the doctor ordered.
The main point discussed was the need of Indy's key players to stay healthy. Unlike last year, Peyton Manning should be 100% at the start of this season. The guys to watch are Sanders, Saturday, Ugoh, Freeney, Brackett, and Addai...all of whom have had their problems staying on the field over the past two years.
Heres' the article I spoke of: http://www.stampedeblue.com/2009/5/17/877660/10-things-the-colts-must-do-to?ref=yahoo