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Yeah, Luck is Good. Yet Colts Will Still Need a Solid Running Game to Beat the Elite Teams.

divineprodigy

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Game two is now in the books for the horseshoes and the glowing accolades for Andrew Luck are still coming in. Bob Kravitz even wrote an article called: "Keep your power running game. "Give me Andrew Luck throwing the ball." While Luck looked good on national TV vs the Giants, the much ballyhooed running game didn't. A lot of Colts fans share Kravitz' opinion given the fact that Luck definitely satisfies the those who still suffer from the "Manning" hangover and since Luck reminds so many of us of Peyton with his play on the field. Well for those of you who are thinking the Colts will indeed forfeit their approach of implementing a power running game, I hate to be the bearer of bad news. That approach isn't going anywhere in the foreseeable near future. How do I know this? Simple.

There's one thing that new OC Pep Hamilton and coach Chuck Pagano have in common: "Pride." If you listen to coach Pags when he's addressing the media on team news, it's not hard to see the difference between how he talks about the offense vs how he goes about discussing the defense. Coach Pagano "talks" about the offense. He beams over the defense. In a recent interview with Indystar beat writer Zac Keefer coach Pags said: “We’re going to be a darn good defense,” Pagano said Monday. “The guys can feel it, and can start to see it.” As the former DC of the Ravens this should be of no surprise. Pagano wants the stamp of this team to be the defense. Pep Hamilton shares that same kind of passion but for the offensive side of the ball. In spite of how good Luck is at QB, Pep wants to bludgeon opponents into submission with a punishing ground attack that opens up the field for the pass. Pep is not the type of guy who will go "willingly into the night" to appease his opponents on game day. He wants to force his will on the opposition. It's what he was known for at Stanford and wants to continue with Indy. He wants the Colts to make their competition "skip to his beat" and not the other way around. That said, he isn't going to scrap the approach to the running game one iota. If anything, Grigson will bring in more help on the O-line in order to make that happen before the Colts change their approach to Hamilton's system. I for one don't think that will happen though because the bodies we need to fix the run game are already here by way of the draft. Come mid-season, I believe the Colts will start to resemble the battering ram of an offense that Hamilton envisioned when he took his job with the horseshoes. The days of "small" and "quick" players are over for this franchise. The new regime has spoken, and they want a "monster."

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The Colts are a Team pulling together like the team seen last year with one purpose and that's improve each game, With a goal to be the best they can be. To them its to be BETTER! an put it Together quick enough to Win their division and te playoffs will begin. GO COLTS all the way!

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We're not going anywhere near the elite teams without better special teams play and we have no sign of that happening yet.

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Special team has been bad in the past but hard to evaluate in preseason play, as most players on the Special team are playing to see  if they stay on the roster. The team has to force more turnovers. Punting less is the remedy to punt coverage as for kick offs that can improve and should. The run game seems to be the problem during preseason but the defense played a lot better in the 3rd game when most of the starters played. GO COLTS!!!

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We're not going anywhere near the elite teams without better special teams play and we have no sign of that happening yet.

We are already in the conversation of the elite. When you have an elite QB (Luck) and he has a top 10 defense you can't help but put them in that conversation. The Colts special teams are not as bad as they were last year, and judging by last week's game they are vastly improved.

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WE don't have an elite defense..

 

Many teams win without a running game

No teams win multiple SBs without a running game. Our defense is ranked 8th overall in the league. That's an elite defense son.

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8th is not close to elite..1st is elite..as I know you know

stats after 5 games are meaningless anyway..

Lets win one..SB

NOLA and Indy have won without a run game.

I seem to remember that Indy team...sure liked them

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8th is not close to elite..1st is elite..as I know you know

stats after 5 games are meaningless anyway..

Lets win one..SB

NOLA and Indy have won without a run game.

I seem to remember that Indy team...sure liked them

you did not look at the state line vs Chicago did you? Ill save you the hunting though, 42 carries 191 yards for 4.5 ypc. New Orleans won because of a pick 6 and we abandonded the run in that game....we were running really well on them 5.2 ypc  for 99 yards but only 19 rush attempts

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"8th is not close to elite..1st is elite..as I know you know

stats after 5 games are meaningless anyway.."

 

FYI Any defense ranked within the top ten is "elite." You don't have to have the number one defense in the league to be considered elite. You sure as hell don't have to have the number one defense to win a SB either. There have been seasons where Baltimore was ranked 1st and Pittsburgh ranked second but I'll bet you their opponents didn't know the difference between the two....

 

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