I don't think they would be the laughing stock of the league at 8-8.
2 years ago they were -16. 3 years ago they were 1-15.
They are extremely stacked and have a QB who seems like the real deal. They could win 10-14 games this season. The Hunt signing was genius.
Great stuff as usual, @stitches. Ballard is building a team as I like it, through the draft and without overly spending in free agency. I've never been a fan of spending on free agents outside the organization.
Anyhow, other teams' fans want their favorite teams to emulate what the Colts have done. The Jets SB Nation site has a good piece on how Ballard has built the Colts. One area the writer mentions is the value that Ballard has placed on second round picks. I thought it was a good read.
Well, it is not just about running more, it's about running effectively. If the Colts have to get 2-3 yards in order to get a first down and they are able to do that by running the football. Then they will have the opponent on their heels and the offense as a whole will be more effective.
I agree that you take what the defense gives you, but I would bet that if the Colts were able to consistently have runs of 6+ yards, the defense would try to stack the box, even against Luck.