Lebanon Reporter

December 26, 2013

Colts inconsistent but playoff bound

By Tom James CNHI News Service
Lebanon Reporter

---- — INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts offensive line has certainly taken its share of hits this season, both on and off the field.

Inconsistency and injuries have gone hand-in-hand with the Colts. How bad has it been? Indianapolis faced a good Kansas City defense this past Sunday with its seventh different combination up front. No wonder the Colts have struggled to get a meshing of talent going.

But in the team's 23-7 win over the Chiefs, Indianapolis had 135 yards rushing as a team — led by Donald Brown's 79 yards in 10 carries — and only allowed one sack.

Not a bad effort considering the circumstances considering who or where the Colts played. Kansas City’s defense had recorded 35 sacks through the first 14 games of the season.

"Those have done a great job. [Offensive line] coach [Joe] Gilbert and [assistant offensive line coach] Frank Giufre do a tremendous job with those guys. They've got a lot of pride in what they do," Indianapolis head coach Chuck Pagano praised.

"It doesn't matter right now because of versatility and guys bouncing around. Mike [McGlynn] being able to play center when he played guard. Getting [center] Samson [Satele] back. A young guy like [rookie free agent] Xavier Nixon coming in and doing the job that he is doing."

See Thursday's Lebanon Reporter for more on this story.