One note, it's not the media who are calling the Colts a run-first team, it's the team. Hamilton, Pagano, Grigson, etc. They're the ones pushing that narrative.
Regarding run/pass, Mike Wells reported this:
"Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has been steadfast all season that the Colts would be a run-first football team. He finally changed his approach in the second half Sunday."
Really? We're supposed to believe that abandoning the run to try to make up an 18 point halftime deficit means that Pep has "finally changed his approach"?
I wish that were true but... Child, please.
Not to hijack your post @Lou Pin [ Imma let you finish ;) ], nice work, as always ....
This is as good a spot as any to parrot what I heard Cowherd say a bit ago on the radio. Really? Cowherd? Yeah, I know, I'm not typically a Colin Blowhard fan, but he is all over Luck's strap, so I tolerate him. Anyway, he put the Colts at 6 in his "top 10" solely bc of Luck and quickly recapped who we had lost to injury this year: 2 starting OL, 2 starting RBs, superstar WR, superstar TE. Yikes.
When you consider that injury list, and the fact that we essentially have ZERO run game yet still sitting atop the division at 6-2 with the 'toughest' games in the rearview...well, we're in great position to take advantage of remaining 8 games to fix what's broken. Let's just hope Pagano & Pep do that.
Wonder if Asomugha would be interested in joining the #noflyzone...
Nice work. I too have been pleasantly surprised by Walden over the last few games. While he is certainly not a star, he has become serviceable.
As for Fleener's catch, that is exactly what you want from your 6.5 TE in the redzone. Hopefully the Colts will go back to that in the future.
Good stuff, Lou! I love the pic of Walden and Redding at the bottom with peak-a-boo Chuck looking on! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that Walden actually looked good in this game. I guess every overpaid linebacker has his day? Angerer was also very good Sunday night.
I will second (or third) the suggestion from the user trying to sell his primate with a tail. Perhaps a PDF with the page-flippy feature? Excellent work as always, Lou!
At the end of the season, you should assemble all of these graphics into a book available for fans. Very nice and creative write-up. I don't think I've seen this anywhere else, ever.
Rams will be tough. They have a fantastic defense - better than the Texans I think. I was rooting for them over the Titans and was impressed on how their D-line dominated. Get ready for T-Rich and running up the middle for -1 gains repeatedly.
@pierrezombie So the question should be how much of a football background does Wells even have, honestly I am not too sure. I really do not think he gets it...
@pierrezombie Totally agree. I remember reading that thinking the same thing.
But let's be honest here, if "run first" means we try a run on the first play of the game... only to box up the running portion of the playbook for the remainder of the game (including the time killing 4Q drives) ...well, I think a lot of us would be fine with that.
@bradicus18 re: the Walden/Redding photo, I remember seeing that play real-time thinking "Holy what? Did Redding just nearly pull of a Matrix-esque diving flip fumble recovery?" Fantastic effort.
@bradicus18 actually, I think Walden has played pretty well for a few weeks now. From what I've seen, he's steadily improved from his first-month utter failure to set the edge.
@buymymonkey It's a shame; he broke a seven yard run earlier in the game against Houston, and they proceeded to run him up the gut three plays in a row, killing the drive. No idea why.
@buymymonkey +1 to the book compilation idea!
As for TRich up the middle for -1 gains repeatedly: only if the coaches blindly stick to their boneheaded insistence of forcing the offense into the Power Run set.
I long for the day when they are daring enough to try 3WR, no-huddle from start to finish, and just let the offense steamroll somebody.
@matt_has I think they mean "Run on first. And on second. Then let Luck try to pick up 3rd & 7." The scary-good thing is how often he does.
@Lou Pin I don't watch much college football so is it a college thing to line up and pound the I formation for little gain just to keep the defense honest? Or is it that in college, the players are a bit smaller than the NFL and so this repeated pounding will end up yielding something on the third carry. I seriously don't recall another team that tries the exact same play up the middle three times when the first two times show negative gain.
@Lou Pin @buymymonkey @chip_bennett T Rich is strong, but he needs a little bit of room. He's still working on his vision to compliment that athleticism, too (maybe a bit behind Ballard in that regard), so spreading the field for him more often - at least from my perspective on the couch - ought to help.
@chip_bennett @buymymonkey Do you have evidence that they won't stick blindly to their insistence on heavy sets? That was the 9th game and they seem pretty determined to ignore how effective the whole offense looks running the hurry-up and playing out of a 3WR set.
I too would like change. But I just don't see it happening until they lose a game or two. Sadly with Luck I don't know if they will even though the offense is obviously holding him back.
@pierrezombie @matt_has Even THAT would be okay with most of us, just so long as the next ten sets of downs didn't repeat the pattern exactly.... And then when you're down by two scores you flip a switch to have a 10:1 pass/run ratio and win the game, so by the end of the game, your a "balanced team." And tell the media "Look, we had 33 runs and 30 passes; that's the kind of balance that makes a winner."
@buymymonkey @Lou Pin It depends on the College. Stanford does exactly what Pep is doing. Other colleges run hyper fast spread offense (Baylor). I think either can be successful if you have the players. Stanford has been a factory for great linemen (or at least highly touted linemen) so I think it might work if you had a dominant OL to actually open up holes.
Check out smart football if you want to know about the inventiveness going on in College.
@MarcusDugan @Lou Pin @buymymonkey @chip_bennett It MAY be his height. I keep reading that he's a big back--and he weighs, what, 224? But he's just 5-9. While that's taller than I am, it's no Dickerson (who ran pretty upright and I always felt had the best vision).
Watching Eddie Lacy last night I got to thinking about Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas at OK State. One of those two future HOFers kept the other on the bench while he was a junior. How the heck do you NOT start Barry Sanders for two years? Oh yeah, you have Thurman Thomas ahead of him.... TRich somehow did the same to Lacy, who looked might good and Marshawn Lynch-like last night.