Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni on the importance of keeping TE Mo Alie-Cox involved in the offense, third down improvements & more
» Even with Jack Doyle and, soon enough, Trey Burton returning at tight end, there will be an emphasis to ensure Mo Alie-Cox is getting the football: The Colts spent most of training camp with Doyle, Burton and Alie-Cox, in that order, as their top three tight ends — a formidable, all-around group of talented blockers and receivers, all of whom bring a little bit different flavor to the passing game.
But Burton would suffer a calf injury in the team’s second training camp scrimmage at Lucas Oil Stadium just before the start of the regular season, which would land him on injured reserve and force him to miss at least he first three games of the year.
Doyle, meanwhile, missed the Colts’ Week 2 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings with knee and ankle injuries.
That left Alie-Cox as the team’s primary tight end that day at Lucas Oil Stadium,
Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus talks massive improvements in Week 2, Julian Blackmon’s debut, sudden change at CB & more
» The major improvements defensively from Game 1 to Game 2 simply came down to attention to detail and execution: The Colts’ defense in their 2020 opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars allowed quarterback Gardner Minshew II to dink and dunk his way down the field all afternoon, as evidenced by his 19-of-20 passing completions; Indy also had plenty of miscommunications and other mental mistakes, as evidenced by Minshew II’s three passing touchdowns.
But Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins would have no such luck last Sunday against the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium; he completed just 11-of-26 passes for 113 yards with zero touchdowns and three interceptions, while the Colts also shut down Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook, who had just 14 rushing attempts for 63 yards.
In all, the Indy defense not only had the three picks against the Vikings, but it limited Minnesota to just 175 yards of