Greetings Rams fans! This weekend pits our two teams against one another and I as well as some other Colts fans will be dropping by to answer your questions about our team and the matchup. The Rams have been playing some good football lately from what I have seen even if the record doesn't reflect it. Hoping for a good week, a hard fought game, and of course a Colts a victory!
Here is some Colts 101:
The pass protection is still spotty, but Luck will stand in and deliver a great ball even when getting hit. Most of the pressure comes right up the middle between center Samson Satele and guard Mike McGlynn. RT Gosder Cherilus is decent, but did require help against the Texans last week. LT Anthony Costanzo is short of being a lockdown LT, but is easily the strong point of the line.
The receiving corps is not what we started the season with after Wayne and Dwayne Allen were lost for the year. However, TY Hilton exploded in Wayne's absence last week. Not sure, at 5' 9", that he has the build to be a true #1 but is very capable of leading the team in receiving this year. Outside of Hilton, there isn't much. DHB has struggled all year and now looks hurt. Griff Whalen is a fan favorite but limited physically. Coby Fleener is the guy you just keep hoping breaks out... and hasn't managed to do it yet.
Can't block worth a d@mn, especially up the middle. This has really bogged down Richardson's totals, but lets not sugar coat it... he has not looked good since coming over from the Browns. He had a nice run to the outside last week and took a dump off pass for 20+. Would like to see him get more touches like that, but OC Pep Hamilton seems a bit stubborn in pounding him into the middle of the line for little to no gain. Donald Brown is still around and actually playing some decent football this year. The offense seems more creative with his runs, so his YPC is a bit more impressive than Richardson's.
Has been absolutely phenomenal at times (SFO, Sea, Den) and really played down to the level of their opponent in others (SD, Hou). Mathis is really the only pass rush we have, but often times that is enough. Vonte Davis has frequently been able to lock down opponent's #1WR in man coverage (no more Tampa-2 here.) Granted he struggled last week against Andre Johnson. Bethea and LaRon Landry are a dynamic safety duo with Bethea playing center field and Landry roaming around looking for his next victim. The #2 corner spot is usually Greg Toler when healthy. He is solid, but has missed time this year. Darius Butler or Cassius Vaughn fill in when he is out. Butler is decent but better suited to nickle. Vaughn... ugh.
Spotty. There are times when they look completely unprepared and a lot of the blame has been directed toward the coaching staff. Some of it is that we still don't have top flight personnel on the d-line. A lot of solid guys, but no one who is a game changer. This can be a problem if a team is able to line up and just run over like we saw in San Diego. Overall, the unit has been much improved than it was in past years, but it still gives me a bit of pause.
So there you have it. I'll be in and out answering questions and I'm sure others will be more than happy to do so as well. Good Luck this weekend!