The Indianapolis Colts finished a season on a weird note. They had hopes of Andrew Luck returning, but he never came back from his offseason shoulder surgery. The defense was unable to stop anyone through the air. The team lost consistently, which continued to improve their draft stock. The Colts did however manage win Chuck Pagano’s sendoff game against the Texans. Today we’re going to break down the offensive grades for the team:
Quarterback – Final Grade: C-
Of the quarterbacks to receive grades by Pro Football Focus, Scott Tolzien received the lowest grade given from his three-quarters of play. Jacoby Brissett was then handed the keys for the remainder of the season and was never able to put it all together. He flashed athleticism and the ability to make plays, but he too frequently held the ball for too long or turned it over which killed far too many promising drives.
Running Back – Final Grade: C+
Frank Gore and rookie Marlon Mack performed good but not great all season long. Gore continued his streak of 1000-yard seasons from scrimmage and would have earned 1000 rushing yards if he had a better line to run behind. Mack flashed athleticism and his big-play ability early and often, and he had fans clamoring for him to be on the field more than Gore. Gore has said he may be coming back next season depending on Luck’s health, but, if he doesn’t, Mack isn’t the worst backup plan.
Wide Receiver – Final Grade: D+
Outside of T.Y. Hilton, the wide receiver position resulted in nearly no production. Even Hilton wasn’t very productive considering his potential. He had his second lowest catch percentage of his career and also failed to register 1000 yards receiving. Brissett needed someone to bail him out consistently and Hilton was not that guy. Donte Moncrief had arguably his worst season as a pro, and he did it in a contract year that will leave GM Chris Ballard hard-pressed to bring him back. The next two receivers were Chester Rogers and Kamar Aiken who only contributed a total of 38 receptions.
Tight End – Final Grade: C+
Jack Doyle was the only major contributor at the tight end position this season and he continued his breakout that he started last season. He finished with his most receptions and yards and only one less touchdown despite going from Luck to Brissett. After Doyle, there was no real tight end of note, but, if he is able to sustain this production moving forward, Luck will have his own Dallas Clark.
Offensive Line – Final Grade: C-
Brissett sustained the most sacks in the NFL, although some of those were a result of him holding the ball for too long. The team also ranked 22nd in total rushing yards, which includes Brissett’s yardage. The offensive line was ravaged by injuries all season long, and they consistently underwhelmed at the majority of positions. Outside of left tackle Anthony Castonzo, who experienced a breakout resurgent year, the offensive line looked consistently overmatched. The team will have to hope that, moving forward, they are able to stay healthy and play better. Andrew Luck is going to need all the protection he can get.
- Quarterback – C-
- Running Back – C+
- Wide Receiver – D+
- Tight End – C+
- Offensive Line – C-
Total Offensive Grade = C-