Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE
The Colts defense gave up 333 yards to Jay Cutler and the suddenly high-flying Bears offense. They also let the Bears' rushing attack eclipse the century mark.
Didn't the Colts hire Chuck Pagano, a former defensive coach, to help shore up the spotty defense?
At this moment, the Colts lack two critical elements for a consistent, successful defense: depth of talent and time in the system.
Against the Bears, the team clearly lacked the ability to rush the passer aside from their early success. Robert Mathis came up with two sacks, but other than those moments, Cutler had plenty of time to throw. The defensive line struggled at the point of attack and it showed. Without a pass rush, the weak Colts secondary fought an uphill battle all day and lost.
Yet this should be expected from a team short on talent and working through a defensive scheme change. Provided GM Ryan Grigson addresses this shortcoming in next year's draft and through free agency, there are brighter times ahead. Just don't get your hopes up about this season.