The Indianapolis Colts offensive line is inexperienced at best. To add to that inexperience, they also are dealing with injuries. Enter Richie Incognito. The former Pro Bowl Guard is available and has been cleared by the NFL to return to action following last year’s bullying situation with former Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin in which the Dolphins had suspended Incognito indefinitely. Coach Chuck Pagano did nothing to tone down the talk of the Colts possible interest in Incognito. “Anybody that’s on the street right now, after the cut downs this weekend,” he said. “Anybody that comes available, we’ll discuss. We will not, based on anything, say yea or nay based on history, this, that or the other. “If it makes sense, if it’s going to help us win and it’s the best thing for this team and this organization moving forward, it doesn’t matter whether it’s Richie or anybody else. We’ll do what’s right for this organization and what’s best for this team and what gives us the best chance to win.”
What then would Incognito’s presence have in the locker room? Given his history of bullying and “dirty” play style as well as character concerns from previous coaches, how would that change the atmosphere with his new teammates if the Colts were to bring him on? It’s hard to say, but the Colts have had plenty of players in previous years with enough off-field issues of their own, Chris Rainey, LaVon Brazill, and Da’Rick Rogers just to name a few. Incognito stands at 6’3″ weighing in at 319 lbs and is entering his 10th NFL season. The veteran experience is there and he would immediately have an impact on the field. With a depleted offensive line, any upgrade the Colts can snag before the regular season get’s under way wouldn’t hurt at all. Starting center Khaled Holmes has been out three weeks with a sprained ankle, rookie guard Jack Mewhort has been having nagging knee isues and guard Hugh Thornton did not practice on Tuesday for undisclosed reasons.
It’s hard to imagine Incognito getting away with more bullying stunts in Indianapolis seeing the amount of veteran leadership already in place. Incognito is a big man. However, Robert Mathis is also a very big man, and probably a lot tougher to deal with when he’s having a bad day. I don’t believe any amount of bullying from Incognito would last more than a minute or two inside the current Colts locker room. If the Colts decide to give Incognito a call, I think it would make sense for them to give him a shot if they feel he has learned from his previous errors and is ready to get back to what he is paid to do – block. If he can step in, keep his mouth shut, and block so Andrew Luck can shred defenses apart, then it’s a win-win for both sides in this situation.