This email came into today from Brett at Midway Illustrated:
There was a Chicago Bears related question recently in the Sun Times and how the Bears' new offense is a variation of the Air Coryell offense, followed by a question about the Colts offense and what type of offense they have run under Tom Moore. I did a google search on it and came up with the K-Gun offense as the primary type of offense the Colts run.Just wanted to get some quick information from you guys on what type of offense the Colts run etc.
Now, the route option aspect is similar to the Run and Shoot. The quarterback control is classic K-gun; the vertical option is sort of similar to Coryell offenses; the Colts use their running backs in a West Coast kind of way, ect.
What makes the Colts' offense different is the hybridization of all of them, with ultimate control placed in the hands of the quarterback who has freedom to operate without a huddle. It's safe to say that the Manning/Moore offense is a unique entry in the catalog of NFL offenses. Whether it can ever be duplicated, I'm not sure. It has been so uniquely fit to the talents and preferences of Peyton Manning that I doubt it will ever become heavily duplicated.
So do the Colts run the K-Gun? Only if by K-Gun you mean no huddle.
They run the Manning/Moore offense. There's nothing else quite like it.