In other places, coaches get enamored with Pistol formation, or read option runs, all the new and exciting ways to run the football.
The Colts, however, are going back to the future.
New offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton wants to make sure the Colts are able to play power football when need be, and has worked to make that clear early in camp.
“I think we have to have a true sense of balance in our offense. We’ve got to be able to run the football as well as pass the football,” Hamilton said, via the Associated Press. “We’re going to do whatever we need to do to score, ultimately. But being able to run the power schemes, being able to run the football, is a prize piece in our offense.”
It didn’t look that way last year, as the Colts didn’t run effectively, and didn’t protect quarterback Andrew Luck particularly well either.
They invested in some offensive linemen this offseason, found an actual fullback to go with their multiple tight ends, and hope that helps Luck become more efficient.
“We’re going to do everything we can to improve our ability to run the football,” Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said. “It’s going to take pressure off our quarterback. It’s going to take time off the clock.”
And it’s going to look very unusual to a city that had grown accustomed to Peyton Manning over the years, and Luck flinging it downfield last season.