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@hankster @rd2 @chip_bennett True. It will be interesting to see how Pep handles losing Wayne, which was a substantial loss for 3rd downs. Fleener is improving, but also losing D. Allen was brutal for those downs. Someone has to step up.
1 year, 3 months ago on The BP Watch: The Colts Are Not 5-2 "Because They Are Run-First"
@chip_bennett @rd2 see my comment above. There is a method to the madness. The OL just needs to start clicking a bit more.
This is the most detailed and sensible analysis of Trent Richardson's 'struggles' that I've seen.
It clearly demonstrates that Trent is getting hit in the backfield on more than half of his carries, basically right after he gets the ball. The defenses are stacking the box to stop him, which eventually opens up the passing for Luck.
Look, I watched Luck for 4 years at Stanford. This is exactly the same offense. Once the OL comes around and actually starts to block effectively, this offense will hum. Luck was a master of getting into the right play, and he still is. But he can't block as well. Just give it some time, but it will happen this season, maybe in the next game, that you start to see things click on the OL, and finally, for TRich and the running game.
Being 'run first' does not mean you have to run the ball well. Offensive game plans are built around a pattern you establish and then build off that pattern. So if you only get 3 yards on that run, that's ok. The defense will still expect the run. And the defense will still try to stop that run if you consistently run it. Period. Then, Luck and Hamilton will exploit tendencies in the Defense based on their reaction to the run.
Sure it would be great to get 5 yds per carry. No doubt. But being run first is a philosophy that is working. I say stick with it.
Horrible mistake releasing Whalen! I think he has HUGE potential as a slot receiver in this offense. He catches EVERYTHING that comes near him, and he is tough. He is certainly more productive than Brazill. We can only hope he clears waivers and gets re-signed after Havili recovers from injury. This is not a good move.
1 year, 3 months ago on Colts Release WR Griff Whalen to Sign FB Robert Hughes, Bjoern Werner Possibly out 4-6 Weeks