Re: Steelers Fans Should Be VERY Concerned
posted at 9/11/2009 4:25 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Steelers Fans Should Be VERY Concerned
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Steelers Fans Should Be VERY Concerned : I can't see the Colts as legitimate SB contenders this season. Too much turnover on the coaching staff...questions on their OL, especially at the all important LT position...Bob Sanders looks to be gone for at least half the season.
Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]
I am not going to argue too much with the Bob Sanders comment except to say Melvin Bullitt played very well Bob Sander's absence. Is he Bob Sanders, no, but then again there are very few that could hold Bob's jock. On the other hand, I think Melvin Bullitt could start for most teams in the league - IMO. Finally, if the colts assumed Sanders would be gone for at least half the season, they would have put him on the PUP to start the season.
As for the Colts O-line, I think this is greatly exaggerated. Here's why
* Tony Ugoh started the last 2 years at left tackle and the colts determined this year that he has not played strong enough to deserve that spot, even after having a chance to win it back during camp.
* In 2008 the injured colts line (including the ineffective Ugoh) gave up just 14 sacks including the time Manning was coming back from injury. During this season the colts played with multiple line sets due to injuries to Jeff Saturday, Ryan Diem, Mike Pollak, Tony Ugoh, and Jamey Richard.
* For 2009 all players are healthy and ready to play. Former Rookies Pollak and Richard now have a year under their belt. While they may not be a great run blocking line (haven't been for a couple of years), they will protect Manning.
Coaching turnover is true, but has been minimized. The HC is of no concern. The question is how will the new DC and ST coaches do.