There are some questions surrounding the Colts’ pass rush
The Indianapolis Colts are considered a trendy Super Bowl pick by many, but that does not mean they are a team without issues.
One big hole on the club could be its pass rush, as they totaled just 38 sacks as a unit in 2018. The Colts did add Justin Houston over the offseason, but there are still some questions about whether or not Indianapolis will be able to consistently get to the passer.
Still, Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus thinks Houston will be a big help for the Colts:
“I think just what he has done in the past and then that much more. I think being in our scheme will certainly help him in terms of getting his hand in the dirt and getting off and attacking that way,” Eberflus said in June, per Kevin Hickey of Colts Wire. “I think that will lend to his natural abilities.”
While Houston may not be the dominant pass rusher he was during his prime, he is coming off of a solid 2018 campaign with the Kansas City Chiefs in which he registered 37 tackles, nine sacks, an interception, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
The problem for Houston in recent years, however, has been his inability to stay healthy, as he has not played a full 16-game campaign since 2014, when he led the league with 22 sacks and came within one sack of breaking Michael Strahan’s single-season record.
Still, so long as he is able to stay on the field, Houston should provide a nice lift to a Colts defense that desperately needed it.