The offensive line didn't do much to silence its critics early on in the preseason game. Too many times, Rams linemen and linebackers seemed to have a free shot on Luck. Thankfully, Luck was able to scramble out of trouble.
Shaking my head while I was watching this, I couldn't help but think, Andrew Luck, the franchise, is going to get killed back there.
Then, I read this in Phil Wilson's blog for the Indianapolis Star:
While the initial inclination is to slam the offensive line, I talked to offensive left tackle Anthony Castonzo, who informed the Rams were blitzing extra guys and overloading sides to try to get to Luck early. When the Colts’ line adjusted, we saw the offense move the ball efficiently.
So at least there's an explanation for how it looked early on.
As I mentioned on the running back slide, the Colts did pick up first downs in a number of short-yardage situations. That doesn't happen without a good push from your offensive line. Definitely a positive.
Joe Reitz started at left guard despite Jeff Linkenbach being listed ahead of him on the depth chart. Not a big surprise, as Reitz should be starting ahead of Linkenbach, but worth noting.
Anthony Castonzo is looking more and more like he'll be a big-time NFL left tackle. On the other side, it seemed like a rough day for Winston Justice. I remember him getting beat a few times. Hopefully he can turn that around by next Sunday when the Colts travel to Pittsburgh.
Injruy news: Guard Mike McGlynn left the game with a sprained knee. If he misses any amount of time, that's a big blow. McGlynn has turned in to a vocal leader on the Colts offensive line.