It's been about three months since I've ventured back into the world of blogging, and I think I'm finally at a place where I can devote some time each week to writing about our beloved Colts.
For those of you that haven't heard, I switched job back at the end of March, and I now work for the IZOD IndyCar Series as the Software Engineer for the Timing and Scoring department. That means traveling to each and every event (nine so far) from Tuesday afternoon through Sunday or Monday, and not a lot of free-time to spend on the Colts. We just finished our fifth race weekend in a row, and will finally get a weekend off (first since the first weekend in May), so it's time to jump back in with the Colts, and with all of you.
Much has happened since I chronicled the much-ballyhooed QB prospect from down on The Farm, and I've tried my best to keep up, but I may have missed some of the minutiae. I watched the pick of Luck in my hotel room in Sao Paulo, Brazil, listening to Portuguese announcers over the top of Chris Berman (it was glorious). Actually, I was quite impressed with how many mid-tier players these guys knew. Either they are pretty knowledgeable about the game, or they had some great notes.
Back at the Combine, when we got our first chance to hear new Head Coach Chuck Pagano talk, he gave an old answer that made me a little queasy when asked about his offensive scheme:
Pagano asked about offensive scheme. Talking about run the ball/stop the run. Ugh. Did say need good mix of run/pass.— Matt Grecco (@mgrex03) February 23, 2012
Even after he said that, though, I thought it was just lip service, as I had an idea how Bruce Arians ran his offense in Pittsburgh, and it most certainly wasn't running the ball a lot.
Instead of just arguing about this statement, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look back at Arians' previous stops as an Offensive Coordinator, how he did, and what his tendencies were during his stints there. I'll be doing the same for both Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky and for Pagano, all from the Winning Stats perspective. I also want to take a look at how rookie QBs have fared since 2001, and see what we should expect from the new #12 in blue.
And if I may do a bit of self-promoting, anyone that has even the most remote interest in open-wheel racing should really try to watch a race or two over the final couple months of the IndyCar season. The 500 this year was one of the best in recent memory, and the new cars/engines are playing a big part in the season. Plus you'll have some insider access, as you'll know one of the guys (and gals) responsible for all the Timing and Scoring.
I'm excited to finally have some time for Stampede Blue and the Colts. I love all the new writers too, who have done a great job already.