Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky
The Colts have issues, particularly stopping the run.
"I don't know if we have any type of salary-cap room to have anyone in the picture, but I don't think it's going to be a matter of somebody coming in from the outside that's going to save this thing," Tony Dungy said. "I think it's going to be our guys playing a little bit better and a little bit sharper, us coaching a little bit better and getting back to our fundamentals. It's easy to say, 'Change this person,' or 'Change this,' or 'Do this differently.' We have to get back to doing what we do best and playing a little bit harder and a little sharper."
Linebacker Gary Brackett concurred: "There's no way one guy can come in and be the savior for what's going on."
Injuries have hurt for sure. Linebacker Tyjuan Hagler isn't a guy who'd fix things by himself, but he could help. The earliest he emerges off PUP is for an Oct. 19 game in Green Bay. Bob Sanders, a huge difference-maker, could be back around the same time.
Two other losses amounted to bad luck for the Colts.
Quinn Pitcock (6-foot-2, 299 pounds) decided he didn't want to play any more football before camp opened and Ed Johnson (6-2, 296) got himself kicked off the team after the first game for violating strict guidelines the team had set for his off-the-field behavior.
Maybe they'll be in a place where they can make a bigger contribution after the bye. But for the Colts to fix a run defense ranks 30th in the league and is allowing an average of 199.3 ground yards a game, a small and quick defense is going to have to rediscover how to get to the ball carrier and how to get him down.