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Colts OC wants to go from run-first to “score-first”

Pep Hamilton, Andrew Luck AP

As it turns out, Andrew Luck is better at his position than Trent Richardson is at his.

Thus, the Colts are going into this season with more of an open mind offensively, with offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton saying the plan is a bit different than the previous run-first mentality.

We’re going to be a score-first team,” Hamilton said, via Mike Wells of ESPN.com “We’re going to do whatever we need to do to score one more point than our opponent.”

Hamilton’s calls a power offense, going back to his days at Stanford. That only began to change when the ingredients for a good power offense clearly weren’t there, so they began to lean more and more on Luck in three-wide sets and going no-huddle.

But with healthy tight ends and an emphasis on getting some value out of Richardson, they’re still going to run, to try to balance the scales after an out-of-whack 582-409 pass-run ratio last year.

“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,” Hamilton said. “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.”

Even a quarterback as talented as Luck needs help, and if the Colts can stay healthy and run the ball with any degree of competence, it’s only going to make Luck’s job easier.

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16 Responses to “Colts OC wants to go from run-first to “score-first””
  1. touchdownroddywhite says: May 27, 2014 9:57 AM

    In this “Pass happy” league, what’s so out of whack about a 60/40 split?

  2. adx321 says: May 27, 2014 10:10 AM

    Wow Pep you sure catch on fast. Only took a lost season to realize the Colts aren’t, and never will be, the Steelers of old that just pounded and pounded the ball on the ground.

    Go back to Stanford please this is the big boy league and you have to throw it… A LOT.

  3. qdog112 says: May 27, 2014 10:10 AM

    Hamilton has a daunting task. His history has been that of a double TE, power run, conservative, dink and dunk offense. The Stanford offense that saw Luck throwing short passes to backs and TEs was taken to Indy.

    Luck is not known for conducting a wide open offense. Intermediate to long passes, is not in his history. Though the Colts have assembled lots of weapons, I’m not sure if Luck and Hamilton will be able to “change stripes”.

    Andrew has improved as a QB, but we’re asking for a complete change in offensive philosophy for he and Hamilton. Pep plays this down, like it’s no big deal, we have seen what can happen to Luck’s passes when he throw downfield. (in the playoffs)

    Abandonment of the Stanford power game may be premature. Anyway, it will be fun to watch.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: May 27, 2014 10:15 AM

    Just go for 2 points every time and make it every time, that’ll do the trick!

  5. ottawabrave91 says: May 27, 2014 10:34 AM

    as a chiefs fan I don’t want to hear about anyone from the Colts saying they want to score one more point than the other team………45-44………

  6. tvjules says: May 27, 2014 11:10 AM

    If his WRs and TEs stay healthy, Luck has some strong weapons.
    Now, if his O-line can just give him time to throw…

  7. gacoltfan says: May 27, 2014 11:24 AM

    “Luck is not known for conducting a wide open offense. Intermediate to long passes, is not in his history. Though the Colts have assembled lots of weapons, I’m not sure if Luck and Hamilton will be able to “change stripes”.”

    The Colts OC/interim HC Luck’s rookie year was Bruce Arians. Arians offense is all intermediate and long passes. I think Luck did quite well in that offense.

  8. slbasegame257 says: May 27, 2014 11:26 AM

    The two teams that threw the fewest passes in the league are the 49ers and the Seahawks. The team that threw the second most in the league is the Broncos. 43-8

  9. andrewluck12 says: May 27, 2014 11:26 AM

    I’m glad pep is finally starting to figure out his ground and round 70’s style offense isn’t going to cut it anymore. Why run so much when you’ve got the best young qb in the NFL as well as playmakers t.y Hilton, Dwayne Allen, coby fleener, and future hall of famer Reggie Wayne. Not to mention the addition of third round pick donte moncrief, the addition of hakeem nicks and developing receivers da’rick rogers, lavon Brazill and Griff Whalen. All the pieces are there to have one of the most explosive passing offenses in the NFL. Throw the ball! The running game got us in a lot of trouble last year. Especially when we were down by fourteen points and pep calls for a handoff on 2nd and 9

  10. hakunamangata says: May 27, 2014 11:40 AM

    Gotta love the Colts. Wasting HoF Qbs since 1998 by shrewd drafting.

  11. granadafan says: May 27, 2014 11:51 AM

    That kind of offense only worked at Stanfurd when he had a once in a generation QB like Andrew Luck. Oh wait….

  12. aceakking says: May 27, 2014 11:54 AM

    Or the Colts can go tank-first like it’s 2011.

  13. dualprime says: May 27, 2014 12:00 PM

    “Our mentality has not changed; we have to be physical at the point of attack.”

    So when Luck sees Clowney, Watt, Mercilus and Cushing coming he’s going to throw the ball. Got it!

  14. DitkasHair says: May 27, 2014 12:06 PM

    Pep is in the NFL as a Lovie protege, he only knows ‘no risk’, the Defense will win the game.

  15. stewart09 says: May 27, 2014 12:20 PM

    Richardson might develop but he is on the way to bust city especially with Ballard and Bradshaw coming back both could unseat him as starter or even 2nd string rb. Luck is the face and future of the colts give him every opportunity to throw for over 5k yards and 40 Td’s , he’s gets his first chance of a shootout vs Peyton week 1 can’t wait :)

  16. qdog112 says: May 27, 2014 5:45 PM

    6.7 ypa and 54% is not great distance throwing, when RG3 had 8.14 and Cam, Payton and Wilson all averaged 8 ypa.

    Google makes us smart, if you take the time to use it. Luck does not have a track record of throwing long passes under Arians or anyone else.

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