Pagano not ready to give Holmes a shot yet

November, 13, 2013
11/13/13
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INDIANPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts’ offensive line has been at the center of attention lately because of their problems with run blocking and pass protection. The Colts have gained a total of 87 yards rushing and given up seven sacks in the past two games.

The problems led coach Chuck Pagano to recently say they’re going to do “whatever is best for this football team and whatever gives us the best chance to win a football game” when asked about a possible lineup change.

So why not give rookie center/guard Khaled Holmes a shot? It likely won’t hurt. He has only appeared in one game this season -- Week 3 at San Francisco. Holmes, a fourth-round pick this year, missed part of training camp with an ankle injury.

“There really just hasn’t been an opportunity,” Pagano said. “It’s nothing against Khaled, that he’s not ready and set back, anything like that. We just really haven’t had a need at this point. He’s more than capable if we do have an injury and we need to bring him up. He’s more than capable and smart enough and understands the offense and knows the calls and those types of things to where if called to duty or called to action, he’s more than capable of going in and being productive.”

The Colts had their two best rushing games of the season when Mike McGlynn slid over to center in place of the injured Samson Satele and Jeff Linkenbach started at guard. They rushed for 184 yards at San Francisco and 157 yards the following week at Jacksonville. That seems like a long shot at the moment because McGlynn is wearing a cast on his fractured right thumb.

But you have to wonder how long Pagano can keep the current lineup before he's forced to make a change.

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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