It was a year ago Wednesday that Joe Philbin was fired as Dolphins head coach after a listless loss in London.

Upon the Colts' return from London on Sunday night, the man who's now Indianapolis' offensive line coach still had a job but was probably feeling just as much heat.

He was hired to help fix one of this team's Achilles' heels, to help protect the most expensive player in NFL history after Andrew Luck was awarded a six-year, $140 million contract in June ($47 million guaranteed). But after being sacked six times in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars, putting him on pace for 60 this season, Luck might not be blamed for asking for combat pay. The star signal-caller who made his NFL debut against the Bears in 2012 missed nine games last season with shoulder, kidney and abdomen injuries, in part due to his own aggressiveness and recklessness. He's tried to learn his lesson and be smarter this season but has absorbed 32 hits already while being pressured on half of his 42 dropbacks at Wembley Stadium. While he's ranked in the top seven in attempts, yards and touchdown passes, Luck went into Monday night 22nd in completion percentage (62 percent) and only 18th in passer rating (91.1). His five turnovers this season have led to 31 points. Hardly $140 million-worthy.

But similar to the Lions team the Bears just defeated, the line and the running back corps hasn't lifted the rushing rankings higher than 21st in any of Luck's seasons. And while the Lions' streak of not having a 100-yard rusher in a game reached 40 on Sunday, the Colts' streak is even longer: 54 games. The team's last back to hit the century mark? Vick Ballard in the 14th game of Luck's rookie season. The last Colts 1,000-yard rusher was Joseph Addai. In 2007.


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The Colts used three of their top six draft picks this year on the O-line, including first-round center Ryan Kelly. But Le'Raven Clark and Joe Haeg couldn't beat out shaky vets Joe Reitz and Denzelle Good until being forced into action on the right side Sunday due to injuries. Lake Zurich High School product Anthony Castonzo was a 2011 first-round pick but seems to be struggling more and more at left tackle. 2014 second-round pick Jack Mewhort is the left guard. Third-round guard Hugh Thornton (via Illinois) is on injured reserve.

The Colts hoped Frank Gore might spark the ground game after the 49ers let him loose in free agency. While the 33-year-old played a full season for the fifth straight year, he averaged a career-low 3.7 yards per rush in 2015, his first season without a 100-yard game. Gore's averaging four yards a pop this season, with 253 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He's backed up by Robert Turbin and undrafted rookie Josh Ferguson out of Joliet Catholic and Illinois, who's actually caught the second most passes on the club thus far (17 for 117 yards).

Five-foot-9 speedster T.Y. Hilton is the main threat in the Colts' attack with 25 catches (44 targets) for 336 yards and a couple of touchdowns, on his way to a fourth straight 1,000-yard season. But with Donte Moncrief (64 catches last year) out with a fractured scapula sustained in Week 2, Phillip Dorsett — the fastest player in the 2014 draft whom they selected in the first round — has just nine catches. But at least that's already half of his disappointing total from a year ago. One of those, however, was a late 64-yard catch-and-run to draw Indy to within 30-27 late on Sunday.

After allowing Coby Fleener to flee in free agency, Jack Doyle is now the main target at tight end, averaging 24 yards on 14 catches. While the Bears pursued Dwayne Allen in free agency to team with Zach Miller, he re-upped with the Colts, for whom he's missed 21 games to injury in his four seasons.