INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis is going to protect Andrew Luck at all costs.
After watching their new franchise quarterback hit the ground far too often in Sunday's loss at Chicago, general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano wasted no time in sending a message to the Colts' offensive line: Things must improve.
Sure, there are explanations for last weekend's rocky start.
The Colts (0-1) are learning a new offense, have a new quarterback and center calling plays, and Sunday's game marked the first time that the starting five — Anthony Castonzo, Seth Olsen, Samson Satele, Mike McGlynn and Winston Justice — played together extensively on game day.
Still, allowing three sacks, a rash of other hits on Luck and rushing for only 63 yards isn't good enough, especially with Minnesota (1-0) and reigning sacks champ Jared Allen coming to town.
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