Indianapolis Colts Must Stop Being So Conservative, Let Andrew Luck Shine
The Indianapolis Colts are averaging 73 rushing yards per game this season and have a grand total of one win to show for it.
Andrew Luck is averaging 7.0 yards per pass, and again, the Colts have one win to show for it.
Indianapolis' current conservative offensive strategy is clearly not working, and it is time that Indy opens up the playbook to Luck and allows him to show off his considerable talent.
Granted, a lot of what makes him great is his ability to be consistently accurate with even the most mundane of throws, but Luck can put the ball anywhere on the field, and right now that ability is being kept out of the play calls, for some reason.
For most rookies, a conservative offense based mainly on a strong running game and play action makes complete sense.
Quarterbacks need time to adjust to the speed of the NFL game and become acclimated to schemes and movement of defenses.
Luck, however, is not one of those players.
He was the No. 1 draft pick because he excelled so greatly within a pro style offense at Stanford and was one of the most NFL-ready prospects to come out in years.
Indianapolis must put itself in better position to win football games by showcasing the threat to throw the ball down the field and challenge secondaries vertically.
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It does not help that he is receiving little from his running backs. In an ideal situation, Luck would have the benefit of defenses stacking the box to account for a solid running game.
Unfortunately, no one is stacking the box in fear of Donald Brown.
They are, however, playing press coverage and forcing Luck to make tough decisions.
The Colts would be wise to turn the tables on their opponents.
Nobody on Indy's roster has a catch of over 50 yards so far this season, and that is a travesty.
Players like Reggie Wayne, Donnie Avery and T.Y. Hilton have the ability to spread out defenses and stretch the field, so Indy needs to let them do just that.
Checkdowns and third-down running plays have put the Colts into an unnecessary 1-2 hole to start this season.
The Houston Texans are going to run away with the AFC South, but second place is anyone's guess at this point, and the Colts must take the necessary steps to thrust themselves back into that race.
Indy has one of the best young quarterbacks in the league and yet, so far, the team has refused to put him in the the ideal position to play at his best.
Once Indy allows Luck to throw the ball deep and stops being so conservative, the rest of the league better watch out.
He could become elite in a hurry.
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