Colts Eyeing “Score First” Offense in 2014?
The Indianapolis Colts are apparently abandoning their “run first” offensive system for a “score first” mentality heading into the 2014 NFL season. It’s about time.
The Colts tried desperately to use an extremely run heavy offense after they traded a first round pick for Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson. It didn’t go as planned.
Instead of lean on the steady play of rising young passer Andrew Luck, the Colts inexplicably chose to take the ball out of his hands to try and run a ball controlled offense. That led to Richardson struggling in his first season as a Colt, mustering a sorry 3.0 yards per carry on 188 rushing attempts.
By the end of the year, T-Rich was dumbed down to a third down and short yardage option.
There’s still hope, however. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, who coached Luck at Stanford, seems to have come to terms with his failed offensive philosophy and will put the ball back in Luck’s hands more.
“We’re going to do whatever we need to do to score one more point than our opponent”, said Hamilton.
More obvious words have probably never been spoken, but Colts fans should take Hamilton’s words as an acceptance that he may not have all the answers and that he’s going to put more confidence in his quarterback.
That’s music to everyone’s ears in Indianapolis, as Luck thrived at times when forced to play an up tempo offense late in games, largely thanks to Hamilton’s initial offense putting the Colts in big holes.
Luck ended his second NFL season as a more efficient player, throwing just nine interceptions against 23 touchdowns. He has the skill-set and smarts to do much more and still be an efficient player, however.
Finding the right kind of balance to help accomplish that, get Richardson to a more productive rate and winning more games has to be the main goal. Moving on from a failed philosophy is just the beginning to actually seeing it through.
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