The Colts had a great season last year. Not just great. It was amazing. They started out the season with a painful loss to the Chicago Bears, 29-13. That was the first time they lost their first game of the season since 2004 when they lost to the Patriots.
The Colts started out with a 3-4 record that year. That was just not how the Colts play. After that, the Colts shined. After beating the Patriots, 18-15, that was the start of the nine-game win streak. They made it towards a 12-4 record and made the playoffs.
One of the anchors on CBS said that the Colts were the hottest team coming into the playoffs. Unfortunately, it didn’t look like it. They lost to the Chargers, 23-17, in overtime while the Colts didn’t even have a chance to touch the ball.
After that painful loss, Tony Dungy said that it was over for him in football. After he retired from the Colts and wrote a book called, Uncommon, the Colts were looking for a new coach. Gladly, the found Jim Caldwell, a man who has been with the staff for quite some time.
What can Caldwell do? Is he the man for the job? Can the Colts show the world they have a running game and they can be Super Bowl contenders? Let’s see what happens.
Last time, you saw the quarterbacks and how good I explained them. Thank you very much! Now today, I am going to break down the running backs. I know I said fullbacks in the last article but there is actually no fullbacks, just running backs. Next time, it will be the wide receivers and tight ends. So let's go!
Joseph Addai: 155 carries. 544 rushing yards. 3.5 yards per carry average. Five touchdowns.
This year was a disappointing year for Joseph Addai. This is the first time in his NFL career that he has not reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark. After coming off a year of 1,072 rushing yards, Addai looked to dominate more with Dominic Rhodes on his back.
He didn't. He was for D-Rhodes' back. It all started in a 29-13 lost to the Bears. Addai has 12 carries for 44 yards. Pretty decent, but what made it go down was the 3.7 yards per carry average. It was okay. The next game was horrible though in a 18-15 win against the Vikings: 15 carries for 20 yards. 1.3 yards per carry average. One touchdowns.
Horrible! You just don't see 15 carries for 20 yards. The next game was fabulous for Addai. He started to improve dramatically. He had 16 carries for 78 yards with a 4.9 yards per carry average. It also included two touchdowns but it wasn't enough in the 23-21 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Addai had another big game in the next one in a 31-27 win over the Texans: 17 carries for 71 yards and one touchdown, including a 4.2 yards per carry average. Those were very good numbers. Has last two games were great, resulting in 34 carries for 149 yards and three touchdowns, including a 4.6 yards per carry average.
Addai started to go low in his next three games, one including two carries for only three yards. The highest yards per carry average was 2.8! Addai was just having a horrible year. The next three games were surprising for Addai.
It started out with 22 carries for 105 yards and one touchdown, including a 4.8 yards per carry average in a 33-27 win over the Texans. Addai just had great games over the Texans. He had a total of 39 carries for 176 yards and two touchdowns, including a 4.5 yards per carry average against the Texans.
In the next game, resulting in a 23-20 win over the Chargers, Addai had 16 carries for 70 yards and a 4.4 yards per carry average. The next game was okay. Not very good but pretty decent numbers in a 10-6 win over the Browns: 15 carries for 57 yards and a 3.8 yards per carry average.
In his last three games, Addai dazzled his numbers up very good. He had a total of 53 carries for 232 yards and one touchdowns, including a 4.3 yards per carry average. Those are very good numbers. How can you say good? Those are spectacular! Miraculous! Just amazing!
Even though his last three games were amazing, the the next four were just the opposite. It started out in a 35-3 win over the Bengals. Even though it was a killer win, Addai had only 10 carries for 26 yards and only a 2.6 yards per carry average. Then in the next two games, he missed, due to an injury. His last game was only good in the passing game. The running game was nothing: One carry, four yards, four yards per carry average. But anyways, Addai had a 55 yard touchdown pass in the first quarter in that 23-0 win over the Titans.
Addai ended the season with the stats shown in the big bold letters above. Addai didn't have much of a big game in the 23-17 overtime loss to the Chargers: 16 carries for 44 yards and one touchdowns, including a 2.8 yards per carry average.
Even though Addai didn't dazzle this year, he probably will next year. With Mike Hart coming back and Lance Ball and Chad Simpson might having their ways and Dominic Rhodes backing up Joe, Addai can be the 1,000 yard rusher that he once was but still is.
I hope Addai helps out the Colts' running game that can lead the Colts towards their third Super Bowl win in their franchise history. Addai looks to be great next year, watch, you'll see.
Dominic Rhodes: 152 carries. 538 rushing yards. 3.5 yards per carry average. Six touchdowns.
Rhodes is my favorite running back, ever! Rhodes proved himself as a better running back than Addai last year, and that is why the Colts want Rhodes to stay with them still. Rhodes was a huge X-Factor to the team last year. Rhodes, in my opinion, is the man.
Even though his first two games of the season weren't that good: four carries for seven yards, including a 1.8 yards per carry average. Even though that wasn't that good, but his X-Factorness and backup running back skills were pretty helpful when it came to those kind of stats. In a 23-21 loss to Jags, Rhodes had two carries for 24 yards. That included a 12 yards per carry average, the best yards per carry average in a game than any other Colts' running back on the team!
Rhodes next three games were just amazing. He had this combined total of dynamic stats: 62 carries for 216 yards and three touchdowns, including a 3.6 yards per carry average. Those are very good stats, for a backup.
Dom's best game as a starter came against the Lions when he had 20 carries for 86 yards and two touchdowns, including a 4.3 yards per carry average. Rhodes also helped out the team as he and Clifton Dawson, who is now released by the team according to Bryan Brackney at The Colts Corner, took the load in the Titans game. Well, not Rhodes, but Dawson.
Rhodes ended the season with decent stats for a backup. He had four carries for 12 yards and a three yards per carry average. Rhodes looks to re-sign with the Colts with a small amount of pay, due to that he wants to stay with the team and leave some cap room for the team. Let's hope Rhodes can lead the team to a fabulous Super Bowl win next year.
Chad Simpson: 15 carries. 45 rushing yards. Three yards per carry average. One touchdown.
Simpson is one of those helpful third-down backs. He will probably make the team as a fourth-string running back, behind Mike Hart next year or he might make the practice squad. Lance Ball might also mike the practice squad, too.
Simpson did good in the pre-season. His best game in the pre-season came in a 23-20 lost to the Panthers as Chad Simpson had four carries for 27 yards and a 6.8 yards per carry average. Simpson ended the pre-season with 16 carries for 49 yards and a 3.1 yards per carry average.
Simpson's first game came in a 34-14 lost to the Packers as Simpson had two carries for one yard with a horrible .5 yards per carry average. Even though that happened, it was his first game.
His best game against in a 31-21 lost to the Titans in which Simpson had four carries for 23 yards and a 5.8 yards per carry average. His first touchdown came when he and Rhodes took the load in a 31-21 win over the Lions. Simpson had seven carries for 17 yards and one touchdown, including a 2.4 yards per carry average. Even though the carry average isn't that good, Simpson was.
Simpson looks to help out the Colts in short-yard plays and might be kick-off return specialist. He might also play a lot in the last game of the season. There are lot of possible chances if Simpson will play next year. He looks to stay with the team, though.
Good luck Chad!
Lance Ball: 13 carries. 83 rushing yards. 6.4 yards per carry average. Zero touchdowns.
According to Colts Gab, they say that the Colts have re-signed Lance Ball. And on the Bryan Brackney article, they say that Lance Ball might be on the practice squad. I think Ball will make the team but probably might not play. He might play on the practice squad but we'll see.
Even if Ball does make the practice squad, let's just break down of what he's got. His pre-season stats are no doubt, amazing! In the pre-season, he had 31 carries for 137 yards and two touchdowns, including a 4.4 yards per carry average.
Ball only played one game in the regular season. Ball had the stats that are shown above. He did amazing. There is an NFL video of Ball doing spectacular starting in the 23-0 win over the Titans.
Ball looks to help out the Colts big time next year. Let's see how he does. He's gotten a great start in his first NFL game, but can he do more? We'll find out next year.
Mike Hart: Two carries. Nine yards. 4.5 yards per carry average. Zero touchdowns.
Hart will become a short-yardage back next year with the Colts. It looks to be real exciting and I really can't wait! Hart did amazing in the pre-season, having 17 carries for 95 yards and a 5.6 yards per carry average.
Hart really couldn't do anything in the regular season last year. In his first game, a 29-13 loss to the Bears, Hart had one carry for seven yards and we all know what the yards per carry average is: seven.
Hart's last game playing last year was against the Ravens when he only had one carry for two yards and a two yards per carry average. Hart was placed on IR that year and could have done more with the team if he hadn't have been injured.
After becoming a great in Michigan, he looks to pass it on in the NFL. Let's see what he does and I hope he does great. Hart looks like an amazing player. I wish him the best luck out of all of the running backs seen. Good luck, Mike!
So now you know the Colts' running backs? I hope you enjoyed the segments of the players in my article. Great read, huh? Stay tuned for next time as I break down the wide receivers and tight ends. Stay tuned...