Perhaps the biggest development from the Colts’ first six games of the season is in regards to their offense.
The power run offense was successful for years in the NFL, but it has seemingly become extinct because of the league’s new player safeties rules and because the NFL has become a passing league.
Against the Chargers, there were multiple plays where the Colts would attempt a rush, only to gain around three yards.
With Andrew Luck leading the offense, offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton should start making adjustments in his play calling to play to Luck’s strength.
It isn’t that the power offense hasn’t been moderately successful for the Colts, because it has been. The Colts rank 14th in the league with a 64 percent success rate when they run power run plays, which is eight percent less successful than they were last season.
They have only been stuffed on 14 percent of their power plays, which ranks third in the league. They are also getting to the second level at a higher rate than most teams, with an average of 1.24 yards, which is good enough to rank them seventh in the category.
Things get moderately shaky when Colts running backs get into the open field. Through six games, they are averaging .63 open field yards, which is 16th in the league.
With the moderate amount of success through their first six games of the year, it wouldn’t be totally surprising to see the Colts choose to pass more as the season goes on, especially with the growing criticism the system has been getting league wide. Luck can put the team in situations to put up a lot of points very quickly; he just needs to be given the opportunity.