I had the chance to speak with Indianapolis Colts Examiner Kim Fox this week. Here are some questions she answered about the Colts in the upcoming game:
Christian Gin: What is your analysis of the trade for Trent Richardson? Is is a knee jerk reaction to the loss of Vick Ballard for the season?
Kim Fox: In my opinion, the trade for Richardson was a good choice on [General manager] Ryan Grigson's part. The Colts lost 3 players who can block in Dwayne Allen, [Vick] Ballard and Donald Thomas. The Colts' main issue has been pass protection and I believe Richardson will help rectify that problem. I don't believe it was a knee-jerk reaction because offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton had wanted to focus on the run game and the Colts have been in need of better blockers.
CG: How has the offense been impacted with the departure of offensive coordinator/interim head coach Bruce Arians with Pep Hamilton reuniting with Andrew Luck?
KF: Pep Hamilton has made it clear he intends to improve the run game which isn't something the Colts have been known for in awhile. It's too early into the season to see any differences. With the offensive line struggling, its hard to say what impact it has had on Luck and I believe over time it will progress. Luck still has learning to do and who better to help with that process than someone familiar with his skills and mind set!
CG: In the first two games, how has Bjorn Werner done so far through his rookie season?
KF: Werner's name has not popped up much to be honest. Werner has had 4 tackles and half a sack so far.
CG: What has former 49ers NT/DE Ricky Jean Francois' role been on the Colts?
KF: Ricky Jean Francois has had a combined 5 tackles thus far. The defensive players who have proven to be play makers are veteran S Antoine Bethea and free agent acquisitions S LeRon Landry (who is out for the game) and CB Greg Toler.
CG: What is your prediction on Sunday's game and why?
KF: My prediction for Sunday's game is dependent on whether Richardson can step into his new role seamlessly and if the Colts have found a way to protect Luck. Luck certainly has the talent and brain to win a big road game. If the 49ers play like they did last week, it will certainly be easier for the Colts. The team with the least amount of mistakes will win. If I had to choose a winner, my pick would be in favor of San Francisco.