Rebuilding a team can take more than a season. But when it comes to the Indianapolis Colts, under the command of general manager Chris Ballard, the rebuild is almost complete.
During the rebuilding process, Ballard’s focus was to make over this team and gather young weapons to make a postseason run. Perhaps we saw a preview last season when the Colts caught fire after a slow 1-5 start that eventually led them to a surprising postseason run.
Ballard started this process with his second-round picks. Particularly, of course, we all know the story of linebacker Darius Leonard, a player that Ballard drafted in 2018. Some questioned the pick. But he now leads as one of the Top NFL Players 25-and-younger brigade along with Colts’ guard Quenton Nelson. And don’t forget, he was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2018.
When you lead the league in tackles, 146 to be exact, as a rookie linebacker, have 7 sacks, are coming in second in tackles behind the line of scrimmage, and are seventh in pass breakups, fans would assume this individual is going places in the NFL. This would include being selected to the NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando.
According to Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated, “Three bodies vote on Pro Bowlers: Coaches, players, and fans. Necessarily, primetime broadcasts have a big influence on all three groups. How many primetime games did the Colts get in 2018? One: Thursday Night Football on Oct. 4, vs. the Patriots. (And it was the lone game Leonard missed this season due to injury).”
Yes indeed, who would have even guessed that this Indianapolis team that started off the season with a rocky 1-5 start would go on with a 5 game winning streak, a great offensive line and unbelievable defensive rookies making a name for themselves?
The Indianapolis Colts are sure making headlines in more than one way after defeating the Miami Dolphins at home in a nail-biting, and at times ugly 27-24 win. Although the sackless streak for Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck ended, Luck is still making history.
The Indianapolis Colts were unable to pull off a victory against the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday in a 20-16 loss to put their record at 1-2.
Though the loss was only by four points, the Colts seemed to have regressed, especially offensively. They showed little efficiency on third down and committed 11 penalties for 77 yards. It was sloppy, uninspired football.
The Colts’ leading rusher was quarterback Andrew Luck, with 33 yards. It was known that the Colts run game would be by committee this season, but that was obviously not working on Sunday. The next highest rusher was RB Jordan Wilkins, who had 6 carries for just 19 yards.
Perhaps the only silver lining in this team’s performance was the secondary, specifically linebackers Margus Hunt and Darius Leonard, made things difficult for Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia offense.