Yesterday the Indianapolis Colts disposed the Houston Texans in a way they should have by throttling them 31-3 giving them their second win of the season. The Colts were able to have success on offense, defense, and special teams in a game where they needed to dominate following the disappointing loss in Baltimore last Monday. Jonathan Taylor rushed for 145 yards and two touchdowns, Darius Leonard had an interception and fumble recovery, and Michael Badgley converted all five of his kicks (four PAT’s and one field goal).
However, left tackle Eric Fisher struggled (again) in the victory. He was charged with two false starts and a really bad tripping penalty. Every Monday on the Fan Morning Show with Kevin Bowen, former Colts offensive lineman Jeff Saturday joins the show to recap the game. One of the main topics of discussion was how Eric Fisher is struggling.
“It’s dang near a miracle what he’s doing with his achilles that this guy is back as fast as he is. As far as where he is playing wise, I know yesterday a few times getting beat inside like when he oversteps, he doesn’t have the same stopping ability.” Says Saturday.
Keep in mind Fisher tore his achilles in January during the Kansas City Chiefs AFC Championship game. Additionally, with all the time missed during training camp, not having OTA’s, and Carson Wentz also dealing with his own injuries, there is a possibility that Fisher could still be adjusting to the Colts offense.
Saturday stated, “When you have never played with a quarterback and a guy stopping his drop at seven yards versus eight and a half yards versus six yards, I know that doesn’t feel like a lot to people, but that directional change from a defensive end of the angle of where he is trying to enter his pass rush move is so different.”
During Monday’s show, KB received a text from fellow host on The Fan in JMV and tweets asking if the Colts should consider moving Quenton Nelson over to left tackle when he’s healthy enough to play.
“No. No. No. Just stop. Listen you don’t make other positions weaker because that’s not how offensive line works. As good as Q Nelson is man, to put him over there basically mid-season coming off his own injury and expecting him to find a home at a brand new position, you don’t disrespect the game that way. Could he do it if you gave him time to prepare? Maybe. But to think that would be a good move, no.” Saturday emphatically said.
Fisher is only under contract with the Colts for this season, but if Fisher has aspirations for playing in the 317 next season, then he will need to be the advertised left tackle the Colts signed during the off-season. Listen to KB and Mike Wells’ full conversation with Saturday below where they also break down the recent play of Carson Wentz!
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