For me, that was the most disappointing game certainly of this season, and arguably last season, as well. The Chuck Pagano era has brought its fair share of delight, but I was sat there at 5am UK time, wondering what on earth I'd just watched. An offense stifling its quarterback, every offensive weapon dropping passes, a defence that couldn't stop anything, all wrapped up in the nightmare that was terrible coaching decisions from not only Pagano but also Pep Hamilton. I apologise in advance because my frustration is about to show.
Anyway, on to the rookies, where we have more bad news.
Missed the Chargers game with that foot injury that has landed him as a “Did Not Practice” on the injury report. Late in the game on Monday night, even Andy Studebaker saw snaps at outside linebacker…the Colts need Werner back, if only to get Erik Walden off the field more.
The only draft pick to play on Monday night, Thornton again showed his inconsistent introduction to the NFL with a rough game against the Chargers. By PFF's grading, Thornton was the joint-worst player on offense with Coby Fleener, making him the lowest graded offensive lineman, in a line that contains Samson Satele and Mike McGlynn. Thornton wasn't terrible in pass protection, but most of his grade was based on giving up a stupid penalty for pushing his former Illinois team mate Corey Liuget, and his poor run blocking. For a third round rookie, you take the good with the bad, and that's certainly the case with Thornton.
Remains active, remains off the field. Joe Reitz continues to be the 6th offensive lineman that they bring in, and despite Holmes not playing at all this season, the fans will still hope that he's the long term answer to the question “Who surely can't suck as much as Satele?” The Colts brought in former Bears and Dolphins guard Lance Louis for a workout this week, suggesting they are still looking for help on the interior of the offensive line, which affects both Thornton and Holmes.
Is he alive? Is he even real? Is he a figment of our imaginations? I'm not even sure anymore. Hughes was inactive for the Chargers game, as he has been all season. When Chuck Pagano said Hughes “moves like a cat”, I didn't realise he meant that he'd go missing. Regardless, Josh Chapman is contributing nicely at nose tackle and they're probably just holding Hughes back until his injury is fully healed.
John Boyett remains unsigned, which is surprising for a guy coming off surgery on both knees and was cut because he resisted arrest. Funny that. Anyway, running back Kerwynn Williams was picked up by the Chargers, primarily because he's small and will probably continue the frustrating trend of small Chargers pissing the Colts off. (See Sproles, Darren and Woodhead, Danny). Justice Cunningham remains on the practice squad, truly living up the name of Mr. Irrelevant whilst fellow rookie tight end Jack Doyle plays about five snaps a game and doesn't really do a great deal. Offensive lineman Xavier Nixon was also inactive on Monday.
It will get better, Colts fans. It's not as if we have to play the best quarterback in the league with a chip on his shoulder on Sunday. Oh. Never mind.