Colts football just wrapped up a disappointing 2022 season. Indy has its sights on the offseason and will use the offseason to improve. The Horseshoe had aspirations of making the playoffs and possibly winning the Superbowl. Unfortunately, Colts football finished 4-12-1 and finished third in the AFC South. Indianapolis has missed the playoffs for two straight seasons. General Manager Chris Ballard and Owner Jim Irsay have work to do to improve the roster. This offseason will be one of the most important in Colts football history.
This article highlights the areas Indianapolis has to address over the off-season. Work has to be done and the Colts must be detailed in each area.
Indianapolis currently has 20 free agents on its roster. Indianapolis has to look at each player’s contract and decide if they want to resign them. Free agents like Tyquan Lewis, Rodney McLeod, Yannick Ngaokue, Bobby Okereke, Parris Campbell, and E.J Speed have made huge contributions on the gridiron. Indianapolis won’t be able to sign every player and will have to make tough decisions.
Indianapolis will look at other free agents who hit the market. The Colts must add depth at each position to build a strong roster. Free agency will help Indy add veterans who know how to win games. Indianapolis currently has 20 million dollars in cap space.
Finding a quarterback will be critical for Colts football. Indianapolis hasn’t had a consistent quarterback since Andrew Luck. Colts football has started Phillip Rivers, Jacoby Brissett, Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, Sam Ehlinger, and Matt Ryan. The Colts can’t afford to miss at the quarterback position. Indianapolis has the fourth pick in the NFL draft. Ballard can use the pick on a quarterback who can help Indianapolis win now.
Quarterbacks help teams win games and lead the locker room. Ballard and Irsay have to make sure the Colt’s next quarterback is mentally prepared.
Finding a coach is the most significant move the Colts have to make. Coaches lead teams to victories and can handle hard times. Frank Reich was fired early in the season and Jeff Saturday went 1-7 as head coach. Indianapolis has began searching for its next head coach. According to ESPN Senior Writer Adam Schefter the Colts have submitted requests to interview Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn and Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson.
Put up or Shut up in 2023
The 2023 season is make or break for Colts football. Each offseason the Colts have high hopes of reaching the playoffs and beyond. They haven’t had the success they wanted. Indianapolis has to get over the hump and prove its worth in the NFL. The AFC is only going to get better and the Colts have to be able to compete. If not, the Colts will be put in a hole and have to crawl out.
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