Colts are only NFL team with same starting offensive line this season
The Indianapolis Colts have dealt with a bevy of injuries on the offensive side of the ball aside from their offensive line. As a matter of fact, Indianapolis is the only NFL team with the same starting offensive line this season, per ESPN’s Field Yates.
The Colts will be the only NFL team start the same five offensive linemen in every game this season.
Not only is it hard to find consistent offensive linemen in the NFL, they take a demanding physical toll.
Indy's talented group showed great durability this year.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 29, 2019
Over the past few seasons, the Colts have done a remarkable job drafting and putting together a formidable offensive line. This year, that paid dividends for the Colts as all five of their starters remained in the starting lineup in all 16 games.
The starters include the likes of Anthony Castonzo, Quenton Nelson, Ryan Kelly, Mark Glowinski, and Braden Smith. Aside from Glowinski, who was picked up off waives and later re-signed, the Colts drafted all of the offensive linemen in the starting lineup.
The offensive line was crucial to Indianapolis having the fourth-best rushing offense in the NFL. At the same time, the offensive line limited opposing teams to 29 sacks on their quarterbacks (ninth-fewest in the NFL).
Unfortunately, the offensive line remaining healthy wasn’t enough for the Colts to make the playoffs. With a win on Sunday versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis could finish the season with an 8-8 record.
Contrary to the offensive line, the Colts have had plenty of injuries that occurred on the offensive side of the ball. T.Y. Hilton, Marlon Mack, Parris Campbell, Devin Funchess, Eric Ebron, and Jacoby Brissett have all missed time due to injuries.
Among those players, Funchess and Ebron ended up being placed on injured reserve. Despite the injuries, the Colts came close to advancing to the postseason as a Wild Card team.
The 2019 season definitely hasn’t gone according to plan for Frank Reich and the Colts. Even though it’s been a disappointing season, the Colts can hang their hat on the health and performance of their offensive line.