Colts Looking For Different Type Of Offensive Guard

Intro: With a new offensive line coach and new offensive coordinator in 2016, the Colts have a new approach to their offensive line.


INDIANAPOLIS – One of Rob Chudzinski's first orders of business after being named the team's (full-time) offensive coordinator was to sit down with the Colts' scouting department.

The scouts needed to know what Chud desired from his offensive personnel.

When the scouts left the meeting they had to adjust the makeup for potential offensive guards coming to the Colts.

"What is perceived as a guard to one team is very different to another," Ryan Grigson said on 1070 The Fan last week.

"We have a different skillset now required for our guards than we did previously with (Pep Hamilton), so we are looking for different type guys."

The Colts are planning to mix in zone/gap schemes for their offensive line going forward, which usually calls for plenty of athleticism.

New line coach Joe Philbin has a history implementing a zone running style.

It's looking like the Colts will incorporate such a system within their offense next season.

Who will be the personnel working with Philbin and Chud?

That's the question of the offseason for the Colts.

The team likes what they have on the edges in Anthony Castonzo, Joe Reitz and Denzelle Good. Reitz and Good have potential to slide to guard, too.

Second-year lineman Jack Mewhort has seemed to entrench himself as a long-term option at left guard.

The other interior spots are the focus.

"We have to add some players to that group," Grigson says.

"Those (edge) guys can protect. We have to be able to establish a run game (though). We haven't really been able to do that. That's no secret. We have to get some guys that have some punch, that can move bodies off the line of scrimmage."

With the Colts not expected to be major spenders in free agency next week, reinforcements are more likely to come through the draft.

That's good news with depth of the 2016 class in the offensive trenches.

"I think offensive line is definitely a strong position group, especially at tackle," Grigson says.

"To get specific, I would say really across the offensive line we like guys at every position."

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