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Colts' offensive-line philosophy could be changing

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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

A few days after the Colts' Super Bowl loss to the Saints, team president Bill Polian was compelled to single out the team's offensive line as a major reason for the defeat. Does Polian's assertion make offensive linemen that much more of a priority in the upcoming draft? While we hear it's far from a given the Colts will focus on tackles and guards early in the draft, it does appear that a change in the team's offensive-line philosophy could be in the offing with longtime position coach Howard Mudd finally calling it a career. "Howard always had a preference for smaller, athletic, versatile linemen," one team insider said. "But with the way the run game continued to struggle — especially in short-yardage situations — there's a feeling Polian might want to start really going after bigger, more physical guys. They've brought in bigger linemen before, but for whatever reason, they just haven't seemed to pan out."

 

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