Ever since Brad Wells posted a blog on Pep Hamilton's mention of incorporating the pistol into the Colts new offense, a lot of folks in Indyland have their arms up in the air in protest over the mere thought of it. I find this hilarious because I feel like I, as well as a select few got something totally different out of what Pep said in his latest interview regarding what he would bring to the new offense we will see under his guidance this year. Unlike many of the fans who've commented about this already, I haven't gone into full blown panic mode with comments referencing RG3's injury as a reason not to use the pistol. What I got from Pep's comments is that he is going to make the Colts offense as unpredictable as possible by putting as much stress on opposing defenses as possible. I like that approach. In no way, shape or form did Hamilton say that the Pistol would be a staple in the Colt's offense. He merely said "we will run SOME plays out of the pistol." I know a lot of you are paranoid of the formation because of RG3's injury last season. In Griffin's defense, coach Mike Shannahan is an idiot because he ran it entirely too much. Griffin's only fault in this is he needs to discipline himself by learning to either duck out of bounds or slide to avoid unnecessary hits when running out of the pistol.
For those of you who think the pistol is a "death trap for QBs" I hate to bust your bubble but QBs can get hurt from staying inside the pocket like sitting ducks just as much as they can by not sitting in it. Quite frankly, it's a miracle Luck didn't get hurt from the beating he took last year. Those hits all came from him inside the pocket. Brady's season ending injury came from him inside the pocket. Manning's neck injury came from him inside the pocket, so let's please bury the myth that "running QBs are more likely to get hurt than pocket passers are."
Aaron Rodgers is the perfect example of a QB who knows when and how to use his legs while avoiding unnecessary hits when doing it. With most people still comparing Luck to QBs like Manning and Brady, I still liken him to Steve Young. I believe the system that Pep Hamilton is bringing in will allow Luck to have the same kind of success that Young had because Luck is tailor made for the west coast offense. He has all the tools to run the offense at a high level because his skill set is suited for it. He has the brains and the athleticism to succeed in it. The thing that I think will make him even more dangerous is that in Hamilton's vision of the new offense, the Colts will be more deceptive than they've ever been before. Although Peyton was the quintessential master of the audible, he could never be used the way Luck can. In contrast Luck is smart enough to run the Colts offense the same way Manning did while still offering the option of taking advantage of his athleticism.
When I read the article covering Hamilton on the Indystar, I got the feeling the Colts offense would in some ways mirror the Niner's offense in that it will be a (multi-headed machine). A machine that can dink and dunk you to death, or switch to a power running style at the flip of a switch, or even push it down field with the long ball if need be depending on what they see from the defense. When the Colts do use the pistol, it will be in rare game situations that call for a new wrinkle in order to keep opponents guessing on defense. Mark my words, the Colts will be a nightmare on offense to face this coming season. As good as Luck was his rookie season, he will be even better his sophomore year. Right now the only questions I have about this year's team is what the defense will look like come opening day.