Are the Colts heading into a disappointing offseason intact, or is everyone simply waiting on them to make some significant changes?
According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the feeling among Colts players is that they could be coached harder and that there could be a lack of accountability in some places. If that does not fall on embattled head coach Chuck Pagano, might it manifest elsewhere?
"I still think there's some discussion going on in that building there about what they want to do and how they want to go forward and it's not just me thinking it; that's what I'm hearing from a lot of people," Garafolo said on NFL Total Access on Tuesday. "Now according to a couple of players, the feeling in that locker room is that across the board on the coaching staff, they're not coached hard enough, that there's not enough of a level of discipline, I guess you could say.
"When things go wrong, guys are not really being held their feet to the fire enough. They want more of that in the locker room. Chuck Pagano is a guy that is usually willing to criticize guys, to come down hard on guys, so that is going to be a discussion for him and his entire coaching staff. If maybe his assistants are not doing that well enough, then maybe they need to make some changes on that staff."
General manager Ryan Grigson takes a majority of the heat for Indianapolis' inability to reclaim their spot as an elite, division-winning franchise but should some of the spotlight be placed on the coaching at ground level?
The much maligned offensive line could feature two first-round picks and a third-round pick in the starting lineup. As an example of what Garafolo is talking about, might the Colts look at why a coach is not encouraging Luck to get the ball out of his hands faster? Or, perhaps a coach not teaching proper technique to the offensive linemen?