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Monday, July 16, 2012
Balancing act: Indianapolis Colts

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

In an ideal world, an NFL team is balanced.

I think coaches and GMs would like to have a team that can rely on its offense and defense equally. (I know they love to say special teams are a third of things. Count their plays. It’s a much smaller piece.)

How balanced are the teams of the AFC South?

Next up is a look at the Indianapolis Colts.

A lot of people are presuming the Colts defense will be horrible. I think it may be really bad, but short of horrible. It does have playmakers in Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Antoine Bethea and Pat Angerer.

Still, in the early stages of rebuilding, this team is keyed around Andrew Luck and his weapons -- Reggie Wayne, Coby Fleener, Austin Collie, Dwayne Allen and perhaps T.Y. Hilton and/or LaVon Brazil. We don’t know how the offensive line will be, but we know the team added veterans Samson Satele, Winston Justice and Mike McGlynn. That list includes seven new players at receiver, tight end and offensive line.

Which means this should be an offensive football team. I’ll say they're a team that should be categorized as 75 percent offensive.

Independent of my number, I asked Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. for his.

“The Colts are tough,” he wrote. “But considering how they have used their resources since this regime took over: 80% offense”

So we’re close.

What do you think?