I agree. And Irsay hasn't dropped that # to the media out of thin air. IMO, he's been told that is the mindset and goal of the organization, and Frank's comments of the desire to be a top 5 rushing offense backs it...
Also, he is a Ballard draft pick, so I'm certain there is a desire on his part for Mack to be the guy long term as that only bolsters his drafting and roster building.
I just wish we could find a strong #2, as Mack's health has been iffy. And when he goes down, we are thin pickens.
Being a new fan, remember some of the caliber of RB the Colts have had: Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, Edgerrin James. A trade for Trent Richardson was a disaster, but he was an early draft pick by Browns and projected to be a top flight RB. Nothing against Mack as he’ll be the starter, but fans get excited at the mere mention of Zeke (and Laveon Bell) as we’ve seen top backs on the roster almost routinely.
Thanks for your reply. I appreciate it. My approach to building a team is to draft well, develop players and retain them. I don't like to sign or trade for other teams' star players, especially running backs. JMO
What would you like to give up for Zeke? If you're willing to give up a high draft pick, why not just draft a top RB? Many fans don't seem to want to use draft capital on RB in the draft. Why give up draft picks for a RB with wear and tear when you could have drafted someone out of college?
This is getting to be the trend. The Bears didn’t play a lot of starters in the preseason last year and it worked out for them. Reich is doing it this year.
Use the preseason to evaluate your new guys and don’t risk your starters outside of practice.