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Offensive Line Working On Handling Twists After Self-Scouting During Bye Week

Intro: After the Colts’ bye week, offensive line coach Joe Philbin has a specific area of improvement for his unit. Here is what Philbin has to say about his line through the first half of 2016.


INDIANAPOLIS – He likes the progress of his position group, but one specific area of improvement was waiting when his players returned from their bye week.

Handling twists is where offensive line coach Joe Philbin wants to see his group get better in with seven games remaining.

"Some of it is our opponents have done a good job scheming against of us, some of it is our communication skills, some of it is the sheer repetition point of seeing it more and that type of speed," Philbin says of the struggles against twists.

"Certainly we've done some good things against the twist game, but that's an area we've identified in these couple of days when we've taken a harder look at ourselves. I've certainly studied the hits, the sacks, looked at them all and in (the twists) scenario we have to get better."

Philbin and his group return from the bye with a room that looks to be getting healthier.

Starting left guard Jack Mewhort (missed the last three weeks with a triceps injury) was back to practice on Monday.

Veteran Joe Reitz (missed the Green Bay game with a concussion) was participating in a red jersey.

If those two guys progress the rest of the week, the Colts could have their full group back together for the first time in a month.

Even with Mewhort and Reitz out against Green Bay, Philbin liked how the line bounced back from the Kansas City game (when they allowed six sacks).

"We came back from that game, looked at some of the mistakes that were made, things that they had to do better, things that I have to do better and really had a great week of preparation and played hard (against Green Bay)," Philbin said.

From a statistical standpoint, the remaining stretch for the Colts does not include many teams known for their pass rushing.

None of the seven opponents left in 2016 currently rank in the top 10 in sacks per pass attempt.

That, combined with the Colts looking at possibly their entire line intact for the first time since Week Six, could mean improved trench play in a time where this team can't afford hardly any slipups.

"We've used some different combinations of guys, (but) they've really taken it seriously, they've prepared extremely well and what we need to do is we need to continue to develop, get better and play more consistently week in and week out," Philbin says.

"Some weeks it's been good, been fun to watch. Other weeks have been a little tougher. We have to get rid of those ebbs and flows and play a more consistent brand of football every single week."

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