Pagano admits Colts must improve their pass protection

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.

36 responses to “Pagano admits Colts must improve their pass protection

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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!

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

  6. .
    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
    .

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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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