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Peps No Coast, Excited, But with Caution.

First let me say I am very excited to see what the new OC (Pep) and the colts roll out onto the field this year. It sounds like we will have an arsenal of plays to confuse and attack defenses. I think we have the weapons to average 30 points a game this year and beyond, right up there with the other elite offenses in the league. Using some concepts from the Manning era, carry over the vertical threat we implemented last season and, add Pep Hamiltons play book and familiarity with Andrew and it sounds just plain bad ass! I think all this can and will work. But I am going to play devils advocate here for the sake keeping something in mind.

Could this all be to much? Could incorperating all of these different concepts confuse our own players and create problems on the field and in the game instead of confusing our opponent?

Lets go back to the Manning era and revisit what made our offense so lethal (well because we had Peyton freaking Manning). The Manning led colts offense was lethal for many reasons: Peyton, Edge, Marvin, Reggie, Dallas..etc..etc. But lets also know that our playbook wasnt really that diverse. The true killer in that offense was that everyone was on the same page. Everyone knew their jobs, knew the audibles, knew the timing of the play. Peyton was/is the master of identifying defenses and getting his squad in the best play possible to attack the opponent. It was the execution that was so deadly. So many times I heard the likes of great defensive players like Ray Lewis, Troy Polomalu, Brian Urlacher to name a few say " The colts offense wasnt that hard to disect, it was the execution and Peyton getting them in the right place to defeat defenses" The colts purposely kept the playbook to a minimum not because they didnt want to add plays but because they executed the plays flawlessly. That was their key.

Ok..Ok.. Peytons gone, I know. Andrew Luck is now our leader now and not only do I think he's just peaches but I think he can do the same things as Peyton. He is smart enough and athletic enough to really run any kind of offense. But my point is confusion on the field of play. Where one guy doesnt know it, or the audible and causing an illegal formation or play clock violation. Sloppy Play that kills drives. Should we concentrate on what works and try and execute flawlessly?

My disclaimer is this, Im excited about Peps offense and I think Luck and the boys can and will wreak havoc on NFL defenses. I have heard nothing but great things about Pep and think that because him and Luck have already worked together it will be a match made in heaven. But caution must be excersised here, not only because there is alot being added, but because it is also new to the rest of the offensive squad.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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