Training Camp Dreams: The Indianapolis Colts' Ideal Camp Scenario
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Do football coaches dream of electric, play-making sheep?
There are plenty of sleepless nights ahead for Chuck Pagano and Ryan Grigson of the Indianapolis Colts, but they'll enjoy their final few weeks of eight hours a night until training camp opens in Anderson, Indiana soon.
As they slumber off, we can speculate as to their dreams for the perfect training camp for the Colts.
The Offensive Line Gels
The Colts know Andrew Luck is going to be good. They know the two tight ends they drafted are going to be stars.
What they don't know is how well the line is going to come together.
Anthony Castonzo is coming off of surgery, as is Ben Ijalana. Samson Satele is an import along with Winston Justice.
Line play isn't so much about individual components as much as it is about finding a unit that works well together and compliments each other.
The Colts can be happy enough with the players they have, but that's a far cry from actually seeing a functioning line take shape.
If Pagano could see the two early-round picks from last year step forward and play well in camp, he'd sleep a lot better come September knowing that Luck wasn't going to get killed.
They Get a Big Offer for Dwight Freeney
Regardless of whether or not you think Freeney will survive cuts, no one can debate that the Colts would be crazy to turn down a substantial trade offer for the venerable end.
Any time a team can unload a 32-year old player making $14 million in the final year of his contract for an early-round draft pick, they are going to do it.
In a perfect world, Freeney would look amazing in the 3-4 and show no signs of age or rust. Then some team with Super Bowl dreams would have a major injury to their prime pass rusher and offer up a quality pick for Freeney.
While I think the Colts would take virtually any offer for the potential Hall of Famer, if they could get a pick in the top three rounds, it would be almost miraculous, and beyond any of their wildest dreams.
Josh Chapman is Healthy
The biggest problem Pagano faces in implementing his defense is a lack of bulk in the middle of the field.
The Colts spent a fifth-round pick on Chapman, and he's considered a steal, but the reason he slid was that he's still recovering from a knee injury.
If Chapman, who missed all of OTAs, can be cleared to play and win the starting tackle job, the Colts may have a prayer of playing the kind of defense Pagano is looking for. Otherwise, it could be a long season of watching teams power run up the middle on the Colts.
A Corner Emerges
Beyond Jerraud Powers, the Colts have no one they can count on at corner. The starting job is wide open for a young player to grab it and not let go.
Maybe it's Kevin Thomas, the de facto starter as of the moment.
Maybe it's Chris Rucker or Cassius Vaughn or some UDFA who steps up.
I doubt Pagano's dreams are all that specific. He's just hoping someone rises up to take the job. Otherwise teams will be alternating big runs up the middle with big passing plays.
That result would be a nightmare.
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