Chuck Pagano on new-look OL: “We just felt like we needed a change”

AP

When Colts coach Chuck Pagano took a not-so-subtle shot at General Manager Ryan Grigson for the quality of offensive linemen in front of his quarterback, it was clear he wasn’t thrilled with his personnel.

But he ostensibly has the right to deploy them as he wishes, and for a day, it worked.

The Colts overhauled their line during Sunday’s first win of the season, and those two things could be related.

We just felt like we needed a change,” Pagano said, via Mike Wells of ESPN.com. “We need to get a spark. I felt like we need to get some guys in there and give them an opportunity.”

The shake-up consisted of benching guards Todd Herremans and Lance Louis, moving right tackle Jack Mewhort and Hugh Thornton into those spots, and having Joe Reitz replace Mewhort at right tackle.

Herremans is clearly a Grigson add, a 32-year-old veteran with ties to the G.M. from his days in Philadelphia. But he was far from the only problem and scapegoating him would be unfair. Thornton, for instance, was flagged four times yesterday – three for holding and a false start.

The Colts still gave up three sacks and Luck was hit four times. But they scored points in multiples and in the first half and won for a change, so it was more effective than what was happening previously.

21 responses to “Chuck Pagano on new-look OL: “We just felt like we needed a change”

  1. Her remand was a great Eagle but he was released for good reason.

    Of course Chip Kelly haters can’t see past their nose to understand that but Indy has quite a rep for picking up Philly’s trash going back to Corey Simon.

  2. Why are you asking the owner about the magic little pill that’s going to make everything better? He is the wrong person to ask, especially when you have Jim Irsay hanging around.

  3. Indianapolis figuring out how to cheat like the Patriots will shore up that offensive line.

    Then just deny and subvert once accused…

    – Eric Cartman

  4. Fact #1: 26 offensive linemen since Luck has been there; Fact #2: Tight Ends who cannot block (Fleener; Allen; Doyle); Fact #3: The GM bought these groceries.

  5. rickrock6661982 says:
    Sep 28, 2015 2:43 PM
    Indianapolis figuring out how to cheat like the Patriots will shore up that offensive line.

    *************************************************
    Patriots have three (3) rookie offensive linemen. Cheating obviously isn’t a factor but comparable coaching seems to be missing in Indy and Baltimore.

  6. Colts fan here admiring the Patriots offensive line for playing well with rookies. I wish Grigson could figure out how to respectfully protect Andrew. The current line is going to get Andrew slaughtered.

  7. The Patriots routinely switch personnel to find the right fit and to give each player a greater understanding of all the roles in the O Line.

    It took Indy 3 games to figure out how to do this.

    They are clearly JV in the coaching department. And Tom Brady & Bill Belichick own them to the tune of 13-4.

  8. For a day it worked…..they BARELY beat the Titans…..which proves nothing! I give Pagano credit, he does the best that can be done with what Grigson gave him (including his coaching staff–all hired by Grigson). Let’s see how the new O line works against the Patriots, Saints, Falcons, Broncos and Steelers.

  9. rickrock6661982 says:
    Sep 28, 2015 2:43 PM

    Indianapolis figuring out how to cheat like the Patriots will shore up that offensive line.
    ———————-

    Yeah, that. Or Maybe instead of whining about personnel, Pagano should have figured out a better line solution earlier.

  10. Week 6 – INDY’s Super Bowl.

    Participation banners for the first 1000 Lucas Oil faithful leaving the stadium @ halftime.

  11. everything is great again for the colts as long as they play in their division that is the reason they keep winning and making the playoffs. they play in the weakest division in football!

  12. Pats fans are easily the most hated fan base of all time. So many bandwagon ignorant fans it’s crazy. on EVERY single colts article, or actually any football article, Pats fans are out here spitting out ignorance all over the comment boards. So pathetic. They bash any other great players or organizations any chance they get. They have all this misaligned hate towards the Colts, just because the Pats caused their own problems by cheating several times. Colts will beat those smug pricks this year, or Manning will if Colts don’t…

    Stay classy NE fans. Keep spreading that ignorance as much as possible. Always gives me a great laugh

  13. Lolz this is the guy who talked up a week 3 victory against the pathetic Titans like they just won the Super Bow.

    The Indianapolis Marshmellos, NFL whining champions and softest team in the league.

  14. “They bash any other great players or organizations any chance they get.”

    Surely, you aren’t calling the Colts a “great” organization.

    If you are, then you have to call the Pats a phenomenal organization because Brady owns you to the tune of 13-4.

    And do I need to remind you of the scores of the four games TB12 destroyed Andy Unlucky?

    Go whine to somebody who cares.

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