Am i the only one who was enamored with the colts first drive? Good mix of long and short passes with the occasional run. It was Pep Hamilton's best non 2 minute drive of the year IMO. It Started off with a ballsy flea flicker and then got Andrew Luck into a rythm with some short passes. Granted it only ended with a FG, but If I'm Ryan Grigson I'm calling Pagano and Pep and telling them THAT is how the colts offense should run from now on. Anyway, on to why this game may have been the best thing for the colts this season.
Aside from the 49ers game, all the games this year were won because of Andrew Luck rather than the power running game. I tried to convince myself that the power-running offense was great for colts and Andrew Luck, but Andrew has improved so much this year he can make every throw and no longer has problems with deep ball accuracy so the Colts should air it out more. I think/hope this game will serve as a wake up call to the Colts and because it was on National TV there will be much more pressure to change the offense.
The Colts do not have to make drastic changes to the offense because I still like the idea of sustaining drives and protecting Andrew Luck with shorter passes, so if I was Pep I would run an offense similar to Bill Walsh's WCO where short runs were subbed for short passes because Andrew is clearly more talented than any of our RBs. Also, I'd mix in a few longer passes, which is one thing I like about Pep or I'd run Jake Delhommes version of the WCO where the first read would be to the deeper reciever and then move down to check downs. The Colts wouldn't have to completely abandon the run game, they could use it to ice the game once Andrew has lead the Colts to a 4th Quarter lead.
It's Ironic that Pep came in as a "young offensive coordinator who would mix in crazy formations to change the league", but instead he's extremely conservative and sticking to the Stanford offense even the Colts clearly don't have the personnel to run that offense. Finally, if the Colts could just catch the damn ball they would have won.
So, what are your thoughts about the first drive? could this game actually be a great wake up call for the colts? and what relatively similar offense would you run if you were the colts for the remainder of the season?