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Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Week 13 vs. Steelers

Not much was going well for the Colts through three quarters of their 45-10 drubbing in Pittsburgh on Sunday night. They were down 28-10, Matt Hasselbeck had turned back into a pumpkin (if he was ever anything else), and the defense was worn out. But the Colts had one thing going for them: the offensive line. […]

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 22:  Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on November 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Week 12 vs. Buccaneers

People who write about the NFL would have you believe that the Colts ran 26 times for 27 yards in their 25-12 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. But that’s hogwash. Three of those runs were kneeldowns by Matt Hasselbeck, for -3 yards. So they actually ran 23 times for 30 yards, a sparkling 1.3-yard […]

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 22: Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Indianapolis Colts is pressured by Ra'Shede Hageman #77 of the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at the Georgia Dome on November 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Week 11 vs. Falcons

Writer’s note: Due to a formidable combination of holiday travel, a trip to urgent care caused by my clumsiness (I’m fine now), and an annoyed pregnant wife who advised me to “get away from that stupid computer for once and enjoy Thanksgiving,” this will be an abbreviated post and won’t include my usual GIFs and images. After putting […]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 8:  Andrew luck #12  of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass against the Denver Broncos in the second quarter of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Week 9 vs. Broncos

Facing one of the league’s best defensive fronts on Sunday, the Colts’ offensive line had a rough game. Of course, the Colts still won, thanks to a vintage Andrew Luck performance, some big plays by the defense and Griff Whalen doing Griff Whaleny things. But for the first time since Week Three, the line was […]

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 02:   Jared Allen #69 of the Carolina Panthers asks the crowd for some noise against the Indianapolis Colts during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 2, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Week 8 vs. Panthers

The premise that the Colts’ offensive line “still isn’t fixed” has been a big part of the anti-Ryan Grigson talk this season. It’s an easy statement to make, with the rash of penalties by offensive linemen (22 for 165 yards through eight games by my count) and the ever-present sight of Andrew Luck on the ground. It’s […]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 25 Andrew Luck#12 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to pass against the New Orleans Saints in the second half of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 25, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Week 7 vs. Saints

I typically stay away from discussions about firing coaches and general managers – partly because I find breaking down what actually happened on the field far more interesting, and partly because those conversations typically deal in absolutes, which I dislike. Neither Chuck Pagano nor Ryan Grigson is all good or all bad. They’ve both done […]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 18:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts gives instructions to his team during the game against the New England Patriots at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 18, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Week 6 vs. Patriots

In the Colts’ previous two games, against Jacksonville and Houston (the only other two I’ve fully charted this season), the Indy offensive line allowed a total of seven pressures, 10 hits and three sacks. In Sunday’s 34-27 loss to the Patriots, they gave up 14 pressures, six hits and four sacks (that’s actually “blocks leading to […]

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Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Week 5 vs. Texans

After a few weeks of charting the Colts’ receivers, I realized four things: 1) People didn’t really care. 2) I didn’t really care. 3) It didn’t take any less time than charting the offensive line. 4) I missed charting the offensive line like hell. So here I am, back where I began. As always, offensive line […]

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 27:  T.Y. Hilton #13 of the Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball while defended by Da'Norris Searcy #21 of the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on September 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Ghost Stories, Vol. III: Charting the Colts’ Wide Receivers

And lo, on the third week of the young season, Titans pummeling him, his sword arm badly damaged, dodging manure hurtled by his erstwhile supporters, hope slipping away like Sir Andre the Old’s mobility, the noble Lord Andrew the Lucky did rise from the bloody ground, lean on the broad soldiers of Mighty Frank the Gorer, horketh […]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 21:  Donte Moncrief #10 of the Indianapolis Colts runs the ball during the game against the New York Jets  at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 21, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Ghost Stories, Vol. II: Charting the Colts’ Wide Receivers

The Colts’ wide receivers, like the rest of the team, haven’t lived up to expectations this season, and there are worrying signs that one of them never will. But there’s also plenty of reason for hope, including a potential breakout star. So instead of dwelling on all the suck being ascribed to various levels of the organization, […]

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13:   T.Y. Hilton #13 of the Indianapolis Colts watches the ball before a catch in front of Stephon Gilmore #24 of the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Ghost Stories, Vol. I

Welcome to the first installment of a new Colts Authority series: Ghost Stories [cue creepy music or something]. Having decided to step away from offensive line charting, I wanted to take a deeper look at the Colts’ revamped receiver group to get a better idea of who’s good (and bad) at what and how well […]

Anderson and Parry: The Future of the Colts’ Defensive Line?

Writer’s note: If you don’t care about the writer’s personal life and future plans, please skip this next paragraph. Or, if you must, go leave a mean comment about it on Reddit or something. Hello again, everyone! It’s good to be back and writing. I had a crazy offseason that involved a few major personal life changes […]

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: AFC Championship Game vs. Patriots

You and I both know what happened in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday. The Colts lost. Badly. Again. And the Patriots were using deflated footballs. Instead of belaboring the same old points about the offense’s ineptitude, the coaches’ ineptitude, the defense’s ineptitude and Roger Goodell’s ineptitude, I’m going to do what I do best: focus […]

during a 2015 AFC Divisional Playoff game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 11, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Divisional Round vs. Broncos

Writer’s note: Due to ongoing server issues at Colts Academy, I’m over here again this week, and I’ll probably stay here the rest of the season – however long that may be. Please see the toggles in my last Colts Academy post for definitions of terminology and disclaimers regarding subjectivity. The narrative would have been […]

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Wild Card vs. Bengals

Writer’s note: The Colts Academy server, which has performed admirably under the weight of craploads of graphic demands, is finally rebelling, so I’m back over here for this week’s post. Many of the images and GIFs below are linked from that server, so please be patient with loading. I apologize for anything that doesn’t work. […]

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Week 14 vs. Browns

Writer’s note: Due to server issues/media upload problems, this week’s piece had to be posted on Colts Authority, rather than sister site and film review depot Colts Academy. This post won’t include the usual graphics and won’t be quite as image- and GIF-heavy as the Colts Academy posts (though I still worked in a fair […]

Aug 16, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) drops back to pass under the protection of guard Hugh Thorton (69) in the first half against the New York Giants in their pre season game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Preseason Week 3

It wasn’t a pretty game, but Andrew Luck’s struggles in Saturday’s loss to the Saints masked some promising signs for the Colts. The offensive line had its best percentages of the preseason almost across the board, including in run blocking, gap blocking, lead blocking and pass blocking (see here for an explanation of some of the […]

Aug 16, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) drops back to pass under the protection of guard Hugh Thorton (69) in the first half against the New York Giants in their pre season game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Preseason Week 2

The Colts’ offense appears to be on the cusp of breaking through. Five first-team drives in two preseason games have generated 13 points, a middling figure, but three of the four drives that started in the Colts’ half have reached their opponents’ territory (one began in the Giants’ half after a turnover). Aside from that running […]

Charting the Colts’ Offensive Line: Preseason Week 1

Welcome back to my favorite part of football blogging: charting blocks! After spending the offseason wandering through the dregs of the Colts’ roster, I’m diving back into offensive line play. If you’re reading this, you’re probably my favorite kind of football nerd, meaning I don’t need to explain to you how important blocking is. And anyway, […]

Nov 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Indianapolis Colts cornerback Josh Gordy (27) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Colts 40-11. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dregs of the Roster: Josh Gordy Film Review

During the 2014 offseason, Colts Authority is making a concentrated effort to have a complex understanding of as many of the players on the roster as possible. It’s all a part of the Colts Authority Charting Project, an intentional effort to chart as many statistical and strategical details about the team as we can. In that […]

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