Colts are great, but the team’s lack of speed on offense quickly creates frustration within the franchise

The Indianapolis Colts were one of the most surprising teams in the league this season. The Colts, who were away from the conference title shot as quarterback, are 0-1-1 on a league-low 20 points scored ahead of Sunday’s Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

A league source noted this week that there is frustration in the building at a lack of speed on offense, particularly at receiver. In an NFL where distances that emphasize defense have never been more popular, the Colts are big but lack speed.

According to data released by the league, the Colts have the tallest roster in the NFL, averaging 6 feet, 2.88 inches. The league average is 6 feet, 2.28 inches, with the rest of the AFC South at or below the league average.

It’s the highest opening-day lineup in the NFL in 10 years, according to league data. The 2012 Oakland Raiders had a league-leading average height that season of 6 feet, 2.88 inches.

General Manager Chris Ballard’s vision has been clear since he took over in 2017. He values ​​players who test themselves well in training and he wants great pass catchers. A big, big guy for measurable values, if you will.

The Colts’ opening day roster had just five players under 6 feet, the fewest in the AFC and second fewest in the league behind Dallas. In fact, the Colts have had the fewest players under 6 feet in the AFC every year since 2018, Ballard’s second on the job.

Aside from 5ft 10 TY Hilton, which Ballard inherited, the Colts have only had one receiver who is under 6ft and recorded a regular-season catch in the last three seasons. De’Michael Harris (5-8) caught 10 passes for 79 yards in 2020.

Six-foot-tall Parris Campbell is the only receiver on the team to run a 40-yard dash in under 4.4 seconds, but he’s struggled to stay on the field four years into his career. Campbell has appeared in just 17 games since the Colts drafted him in the second round in 2019. Last week against the Jaguars, Michael Pittman (6-4, 4.52, 40) and Alec Pierce (6-3, 4.41, 40) were inactive due to inactivity and injuries.

The Colts rank 10th among all teams in formation width, meaning only nine other teams have an offensive grouping wider than the Colts, averaging 26.6 yards (the league average is 24.9), according to Next Gen Stats. Head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Marcus Brady seem to be even more distant than last season.

A team that had seven Pro Bowlers last year but failed to make the playoffs after a year-end collapse added former NFL MVP Matt Ryan and was considered favorites to win the AFC South. Two weeks into the season, the Jaguars are the only team in the division with a win. Colts are great, but the team’s lack of speed on offense quickly creates frustration within the franchise

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