Chuck Pagano knows that too much inexperience can sometimes lead to pain.
He told the Indianapolis Star’s Stephen Holder there’s a medicine for that. “That’s why they have Pepto Bismol, right?” Pagano said to Holder.
The Indianapolis Colts are going to rely on a lot of youth as they try to regain their place on top of the AFC south. They have 11 rookies on their active roster including a new starting center, Ryan Kelly.
Some changes needed to be made after a disappointing 2015 season. After winning their division the previous two seasons, the Colts finished 8-8 and suffered two different three-game losing streaks. Quarterback Andrew Luck spent much of the season injured, and when he was healthy he played well below what was expected following a 40-touchdown season.
The rookies better come to play because the division is much improved. The Jacksonville Jaguars showed glimpses of improvement, especially from quarterback Blake Bortles. They also got some young help on defense, drafting cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Myles Jack.
The Titans are also much improved, committing to the running game by acquiring DeMarco Murray and drafting Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry. Also, quarterback Marcus Mariota will be entering his second season as a starter.
Last year’s division champions were the Houston Texans, but they are still looking for a quarterback. They were supposed to be without All-Pro defender J.J. Watt for a little while, but head coach Bill O’Brien said he will play, according to KPRC Houston.