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Pagano admits Colts must improve their pass protection

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) is hit by Chicago Bears inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman (50) during the second half of an NFL football game in Indianapolis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) AP

Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has been sacked an NFL-high 20 times this season, and coach Chuck Pagano says that has to change.

Pagano said that despite five sacks in Sunday’s game against the Bears, he believes the offensive line is improving and that the team is going to continue doing a better job of keeping Luck upright.

“We’ve got to be better,” Pagano said. “Those guys are working extremely hard. You can just point to those things and you never want to give up sacks, obviously. We’ve got to get it corrected and we’ve got to play better in certain situations, but there is improvement and there will continue to be improvement so we just keep working on it.”

If Luck keeps getting sacked at his current pace, he’ll take 64 sacks this year, by far the most of his NFL career. Either that, or he’ll get hurt before he can reach 64 sacks. The Colts would prefer not to see either of those things happen.

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36 Responses to “Pagano admits Colts must improve their pass protection”
  1. jasons81 says: Oct 11, 2016 6:04 AM

    Grigson is awful! Luck should have a better O-line.

  2. RandyinRoxbury says: Oct 11, 2016 6:06 AM

    Welcome to the coaching world of Joe Philbin.

  3. skoobyfl says: Oct 11, 2016 6:26 AM

    Captain obvious your boat has arrived.

  4. RegisHawk says: Oct 11, 2016 6:37 AM

    In other news, Pagano said research is still on-going on whether water is wet.

  5. Indybear says: Oct 11, 2016 6:38 AM

    My Bears are terrible and got five. Indy has some pretty stout defenses coming up on their schedule and Coach Cliche’ isn’t going to fix it with the current roster. Yes, Grigson should be fired since he has developed no bench for this team, especially with the O line. It’s going to be a painful season for Mr. Luck.

  6. officialgame says: Oct 11, 2016 6:44 AM

    The Colt problems are three fold; the type of offense they run, the lack of high level play makers, and of course the O line. Luck doesn’t help matters by holding onto the ball and refusing to throw it away. I get it, Luck is trying to make plays but it compounds everything else.

  7. bigdawgdaddy says: Oct 11, 2016 6:45 AM

    Lawn mowers do not work without gasoline.

  8. switchwitch59 says: Oct 11, 2016 6:56 AM

    What gave him his first clue? Pagano’s not very bright, apparently, everyone else knew that last year if not before.

  9. whywerule says: Oct 11, 2016 7:04 AM

    In order of importance the Colts must improve their…

    1. Ownership
    2. GM
    3. Head Coach
    4. See 1, 2 and 3.

  10. tonebones says: Oct 11, 2016 7:11 AM

    The Colts line will be fine. They’ve been starting a bunch of rookies and they’re still learning. They’re a talented group. Haeg (RT) and Kelly (C) look dominant at times, but show their youth too. They’re seeing some stuff for the first time, but they’re getting better. Philbin is one of the best O-Line coaches in the NFL. Colts could easily be 4-1. They’re not panicking. They’ve actually been drafting really well and have some good young talent on both lines. They’ll be around come playoff time. Bet on it!

  11. idiot411 says: Oct 11, 2016 7:22 AM

    This organization is horrible and a bunch of cowards

  12. idiot411 says: Oct 11, 2016 7:23 AM

    Not enough bad things can happen to them, they deserve it all!

  13. logast says: Oct 11, 2016 7:28 AM

    You’re completely right. And if, miraculously the pass protection improves, I doubt it will be enough to save your job.

  14. grogansheroes says: Oct 11, 2016 7:39 AM

    I am sure Irsay, after another drug fueled bender, will give Grigson and Pagano, another extension.

  15. 6ball says: Oct 11, 2016 7:42 AM

    .
    It’s time to play ” Find the Wins” , the game where you look at the schedule for the 2-3 Colts and find enough wins for them to make the playoffs. To reach 11-5, they’ll have to win 9 out of the next 11.

    10/16 @ Texans
    10/23 @ Titans
    10/30 vs Chiefs
    11/6 @ Packers
    11/20 vs Titans
    11/24 vs Steelers
    12/5 @ Jets
    12/11 vs Texans
    12/18 @ Vikings
    12/24 @ Raiders
    1/1 vs Jacksonville
    .

  16. I Understand The Catch Rule says: Oct 11, 2016 7:55 AM

    how will that be possible? just paid Luck ….. I don’t think it’s possible to pay a franchise QB and have a good team around him. Name me 1 good team that has paid top dollar for a QB and has a good roster around him.

    – Ryan Grigson

  17. terripet says: Oct 11, 2016 8:02 AM

    Irsay the only way the colts improve is you get a new gm after what he said about luck he should of been fired that day

  18. youradarnfoo says: Oct 11, 2016 8:36 AM

    the only reason this guy is working, is he had cancer a year or so back. chuck will be released soon bet. I hope Chuck stays strong n healthy.

  19. nhpats says: Oct 11, 2016 8:55 AM

    Softest team in the league…..and it’s not even close

  20. ChickenTurkeySaurus says: Oct 11, 2016 9:17 AM

    Those blaming Pagano just don’t get it. He said the same thing last year and it was a clear shot at his GM for assembling an Andy Gump roster. Now he says it again, and you think it’s his fault? Pagano gets it. What some need to understand is that he is not the one who signs the players.

  21. charliecharger says: Oct 11, 2016 9:19 AM

    Luck is trying hard to not throw interceptions. That’s a good thing, but guys are getting open and he’s holding onto the ball. I would call more short passes to the speedy WRs who can get open quickly, and then run after the catch. Too many of the short throws are going to the slow TEs and the slow footed Frank Gore. I’ll bet T.Y Hilton leads the NFL RAC yards. Gotta get Dorsett more involved, and get Moncrief back. The Colts seem to start slow every year, and don’t get rolling until week 5 or 6.

  22. truthprofessor says: Oct 11, 2016 9:25 AM

    So it’s finally something other that football air pressure that is holding them down?

  23. tacowrecker says: Oct 11, 2016 9:27 AM

    The Colts need to start by getting a new GM and Head Coach. The best coach the Colts had is now running the show in Arizona. Should’ve ditched Pagano and kept Arians

  24. crush22 says: Oct 11, 2016 9:48 AM

    bigdawgdaddy says:
    Oct 11, 2016 6:45 AM
    Lawn mowers do not work without gasoline.
    ______________
    Mine does.

  25. nhpats says: Oct 11, 2016 10:16 AM

    6ball says:
    Oct 11, 2016 7:42 AM
    .
    It’s time to play ” Find the Wins” , the game where you look at the schedule for the 2-3 Colts and find enough wins for them to make the playoffs. To reach 11-5, they’ll have to win 9 out of the next 11.

    10/16 @ Texans – possibly
    10/23 @ Titans – possibly
    10/30 vs Chiefs – no chance
    11/6 @ Packers – no chance
    11/20 vs Titans – possibly
    11/24 vs Steelers – no chance
    12/5 @ Jets – unlikely
    12/11 vs Texans – possibly
    12/18 @ Vikings – no chance
    12/24 @ Raiders – no chance
    1/1 vs Jacksonville – possibly

    So I see 5 definite losses and 1 likely loss and 5 possible wins

    I see the Colts best case winning 4 of these games

  26. rekroot says: Oct 11, 2016 10:37 AM

    The Colts line will be fine. They’ve been starting a bunch of rookies and they’re still learning. They’re a talented group. Haeg (RT) and Kelly (C) look dominant at times, but show their youth too. They’re seeing some stuff for the first time, but they’re getting better. Philbin is one of the best O-Line coaches in the NFL. Colts could easily be 4-1. They’re not panicking. They’ve actually been drafting really well and have some good young talent on both lines. They’ll be around come playoff time. Bet on it!

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    Long time Colts fan here. I’ll take that bet.

  27. playedthegame32 says: Oct 11, 2016 10:58 AM

    and Ryan Grigson is a former O lineman who can’t even get that on position right

  28. thermanmerman99 says: Oct 11, 2016 11:02 AM

    Anybody watch the PED Sox implode and collapse getting swept at home LOL! And the cheering of David PED King Ortiz? Karma at its finest LOL!

  29. thermanmerman99 says: Oct 11, 2016 11:03 AM

    NHpats can you find the wins for the PED Sox in the ALDS? LOL!!!

  30. thermanmerman99 says: Oct 11, 2016 11:05 AM

    PED Sox the softest team in baseball and it’s not even close. What choke artist crybabies LOL!

  31. RegisHawk says: Oct 11, 2016 11:15 AM

    Name me 1 good team that has paid top dollar for a QB and has a good roster around him.

    – Ryan Grigson

    Give me your Executive of the Year award and I’ll tell you how.

    – John Schneider.

  32. clayjtitan66 says: Oct 11, 2016 11:16 AM

    Worst coach in the NFL.
    Worst GM in the NFL.

    Bring on Peyton Manning.

  33. luckyforus says: Oct 11, 2016 11:27 AM

    Playoffs, playoffs!!!

    The AFC South sucks so probably 8-8 or 9-7 makes the playoffs and then it’s one and done.

  34. sportoficionado says: Oct 11, 2016 11:46 AM

    its ok for an oline to have an off night and give up some sacks (some of the best do it), however, it is alarming that this happens on a consistent basis–to give up 20 sacks at this current stage in the season is absurd and an alarming stat.

  35. hawksfansince77 says: Oct 11, 2016 11:50 AM

    Does Irsay just feed his narcotics to the executive and coaching staff?

  36. megnailsit says: Oct 11, 2016 12:07 PM

    thermanmerman could give Grigson/Pagano tips on deflecting blame! Heck, you can even blame your woes on another sport entirely. And he wishes his team could be as soft as one that won a division that included two other playoff teams.

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