For those of you who are now singing “Give Peace A Chance”, you’re welcome.
Now, onto what I want to talk about – the Colts offensive line. It’s quite offensive. Yes, I went there. It’s a hot mess as one of my colleagues put it. I will say this though; Castonzo and Mewhort have been pretty good this season. They have held their own and the 2nd round pick used on Mewhort is paying off in my opinion. However, the same cannot be said for their O-line teammates.
I give Cherilus a pass. He has been dealing with a hip injury and for anyone who has played offensive line it’s extremely hard to do your job if you are having hip problems. I know that this hasn’t been all season but no one outside the Colts facility knows how long this has been going on.
Let’s move onto Thornton and Harrison – they are NOT getting a pass. I made the mistake of saying in my mid-season awards that Harrison was the best newcomer. I was way off. Not even close. Thornton has had two seasons in this offense and still doesn’t seem like he can keep up. He was tossed around like a rag doll by Jacksonville this past Sunday before suffering an MCL injury. I’m not saying it’s a fake injury, but it’s convenient that he was playing horrendously and then suddenly Shipley replaced him. As for Reitz, he isn’t a tackle and if the coaching staff ever starts him there again they need to be hit over the head with a hammer.
So – what is a quick fix to this problem? Richie Incognito. Yes, that name again. At this point the offensive line needs help. He can help. He is a mauler that can pass block decently well. He will need to prove himself of course, but getting another shot in the league will probably keep in on the straight and narrow. This line needs help and you can’t keep patch-working the job with Shipley and Reitz with the playoffs looming. Shipley should be the center. Period. Harrison can’t play guard and Reitz is mediocre in my opinion. Incognito is someone who can help right away. Give him the playbook and say you have one week to learn it and be ready.
I know he isn’t a “Horseshoe Guy” but what does that even mean anymore? Is he a guy that can be plugged in to stop the gaping hole at LG? Sure can. Could he be the piece of the puzzle that will buy Luck more time or open some more holes for Boom or T-Rich? Sure. Could he help with the push in the playoffs by having another veteran lineman that can hold his own against most of the NFL competition? Most definitely.
So what’s the problem here? No one can say that he would bully this locker room. No chance in hell of that happening. He could even have a zero-tolerance contract that states if there is one issue he will be released immediately. So what’s the hold up?
I do sincerely feel that this needs to happen. He is the best free agent offensive lineman available and if the Colts don’t pick him up another playoff-bound team will. Come on Grigson, pull the trigger. You can bring in busts like Landry and Walden for all that money but can’t pull the trigger on a half-season vet minimum contract for someone who could actually help this team pull it together? Let’s do this guys. Go call Richie in and pray for the best.