Protecting Peyton Manning: Why The Colts Must Sign Chester Pitts

Chester Pitts has been a great blocker for the Houston Texans.

Since 2002, Pitts has been on a team that allowed many sacks. But Pitts had to be one of the best lineman there was on the Texans’ squad. He tried his best protecting the likes of David Carr and many others.

From 2002-2009, Pitts did a great deal for Houston by serving as their offensive guard. The 31-year-old is now receiving a lot of interest.

The 6’4″, 310-pound guard had just finished workouts with the Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers and he drew a lot of interest to both teams.

It just got me thinking: The Colts just need to sign Pitts.

Tony Ugoh is struggling as of late and just got moved to guard. In my books, I just don’t feel confident in him starting at guard.

Indianapolis just might as well sign Pitts and take place of Ugoh. Ugoh can have some experience and it would beneficial for all sides of the deal.

First, Ugoh never had been mentored. The Colts drafted Ugoh so he could take his first year off to learn from one of the best offensive tackles in the league at the time: Tarik Glenn. Sadly, Glenn retired and Ugoh had to do it with no experience whatsoever.

He did good in his first year, but struggled a bit. Now Ugoh has been moved to the guard position after Charlie Johnson recently just outperformed him.

It still wouldn’t be right for Ugoh to start. This should be the year he should just have a year off from starting. This is where Chester Pitts comes in.

Let’s have a guy who has a lot of experience at the position. Pitts will be entering his ninth season in the league and could really help this Indy team out.

As it stands on the team’s depth chart, Mike Pollak and Kyle DeVan stand as the starting guards. Personally, Pollak should just be replaced. DeVan can stay, after a very successful year.

Pollak was originally drafted as a center and he should stay that way. Jeff Saturday wil leave in just a few seasons, so with Pollak backing him up and getting mentored, he can step up right away and make instant impact.

Then, Pitts comes in and starts at guard and mentors Tony Ugoh. I can see Pitts starting for maybe a couple years. Once Pitts leaves, Ugoh is ready to step up and Manning is protected from pass-rushers.

This could all go swell.

Come on, Indy.

Make the move.


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