A potentially shattering rumor surfaced today via Dan Pompei of the National Football Post. Colts fans have been counting on Anthony Castonzo to solidify the left side of the line after three years of awful run-blocking by Charlie Johnson. Pompei now says that those hopes may be the latest lockout casualty.
*The lockout has dimmed the hopes of the Colts’ coaching staff for Anthony Castonzo. With the benefit of a full offseason, the Colts thought Castonzo might have been able to step right in and start at left tackle from day one. Without OTAs, the Colts are dubious about Castonzo’s chances to be an immediate starter. They do believe he will be a quick study however. It’s possible at some point during the season he will be ready to start.
This is awful news, to be frank. It increases the likelihood that Charlie Johnson will be resigned. It decreases projections that the Colts will feature an improved run game as well.
If the coaches are thinking this about Castonzo, they surely have little hope that Ijalana will start on the right side, because they were always more confident in Castonzo’s progress.
Suddenly, Ryan Diem’s job looks a little safer, and Colts fans could be facing another season of the Diem/CJ show at tackle.
Frankly, that’s as bad as news gets in the days before the lockout is lifted.