Mike Wells of ESPN.com recently sat down with Colts’ offensive coordinator, Pep Hamilton, and discovered that the Colts plan on transforming from a power-running, smash mouth offensive identity to a “score-first” mentality. Specifically, Pep Hamilton remarked:
“We’re going to be a score-first team. We’re going to do whatever we need to do to score one more point than our opponent. Our mentality has not changed; we have to be physical at the point of attack. We have to try and knock people off the ball and wear them down physically. We have to have a sense of balance and still have a physical mentality, make up going into games so we can wear our opponents down how we see fit. When you have Andrew Luck, that really gives you the ability to adapt to whatever the circumstances are and have a chance to be successful.”
To me this signifies that the Colts are now preaching about balance this offseason when it comes to their freshly adapted offensive philosophy. It doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise. From our research at LuckAtLuke, we’ve noted that controlling time of possession and moving the chains from featuring a ground-and-pound attack doesn’t directly correlate to offensive success and winning football games. The best offenses also tend to be the most balanced.
The Colts would be best served by putting the football in their best player’s hands, Andrew Luck. That doesn’t mean they should abandon the run and give up a physical identity. Rather, it simply means that it’s imperative to stay balanced. By giving opposing defenses the threat to either run or pass and staying balanced, the Colts in-turn keep opposing defenses off-balance.
With Reggie Wayne and Dwayne Allen’s return from injury, Andrew Luck also has quite a few receiving options at his disposal with T.Y. Hilton, Hakeem Nicks, Coby Fleener, Da’Rick Rogers, LaVon Brazill, Griff Whalen, and Donte Moncrief also in the fold. It would make sense that the Colts attempt to transition to a more pass-heavy attack.
I, for one, am pretty excited with Pep Hamilton’s new offensive declaration. It’s time to hand over the horse reins to Andrew Luck in this offense for him to become a truly elite NFL QB. He’s earned that right.