I'll start off by pointing out the obvious. The Colts clearly need to get DHB out of the starting lineup and increase the playing time for Lavon Brazill and Da'Rick Rogers. For a speed guy, DHB gets very little separation, which highlights his clear lack of route-running ability.
Now for the main point. What this offense needs more of is variety, especially at the start of games to help gain rhythm and prevent the slow starts. What happened to the bootlegs that are supposed to be a staple of this system? What happened to all the personnel and formation variation? Granted, injuries have played a a big part with the formation variety, especially at the tight end position. Next to Aaron Rodgers, there is no other quarterback in the NFL that can throw on the run like Andrew Luck, and the Colts are simply ignoring this very critical attribute, not to mention the fact that bootlegs force defenses to respect the back-side of the formation. This leads to opposing d-linemen becoming more and more focused on keeping Luck in the pocket than going all out to rush him. As we all know, from the pocket Luck can be deadly if given time.
This week I would expect more bootlegs simply to get Luck more comfortable and for all the reasons I outlined above. Personnel wise, I would expect Rainey to get involved this week, either on Kickoffs, offense, or both and Reed's role will probably begin to decrease especially if Rainey performs well. This will hopefully open up opportunities for Rogers, who might not be anything but deserves a chance to prove himself anyway. Right now, the Colts are not in all-out panic mode, but changes in the lineup need to be made, otherwise panic mode will ensue if we witness the first back-to-back losses in the Pagano/Luck era.
Do you guys agree and if not what do you think needs to be done?