Conventional thinking said the Colts, after focusing almost exclusively on rebuilding the offense around top pick Andrew Luck in GM Ryan Grigson’s first draft, would shift their attention to defense this April.
However, there is nothing conventional about Texans DLE J.J. Watt, who, after sacking Luck three times and singlehandedly destroying Indianapolis' offensive game plan in Week 15, could prompt the Colts — and the rest of the AFC South — to put a much higher value on the offensive line.
The Texans admitted after selecting DE Mario Williams with the first overall pick in 2006 that the move was made largely to better equip them to face former Colts QB Peyton Manning twice a season.
After Watt’s most dominant showing in a season filled with superlative performances, it is clear reinforcements will be needed to give Luck and the Colts a better chance against Watt and the Texans.
A daily team observer told PFW a few weeks back that the Colts felt OK about C Samson Satele and ORG Mike McGlynn beyond this season. Although Satele was inactive in Week 15, we hear the Colts’ first opportunity to see Watt up close and personal could change that thinking, particularly with regards to the plodding McGlynn, who simply doesn’t have the quickness to keep up with Watt and struggled in Week 15.