For the past few months, fans and media alike have been waiting to see what the new offense under Pep Hamilton would look like for the Indianapolis Colts.
One thing that we've discovered so far in the "No Coast" offensive scheme is that it looks like this team is going to be using fullbacks much more than they have before.
During the Peyton Manning era, the Colts rarely used a fullback, and some years they didn't really have a dedicated fullback on the roster. Now, Hamilton appears to be utilizing fullbacks much more.
I recently interviewed George Bremer, Colts beat writer for The Herald Bulletin, to talk about things happening at OTAs. When I asked him about the current situation at fullback, he had this to say:
"They're definitely getting work. The fullback has been on the field a lot. I haven't charted it or anything, but I would say the fullback was on the field around 35-40 percent of the time."
"We've seen a lot of Dan Moore and a lot of Stanley Havili and it's kind of what you expect from a fullback in a West Coast offense, coming out of the backfield and catching the ball. Both of them seem to be able to do that very well."
If you want to listen to the whole interview, you can hear it here.
It's quite surprising to hear that these guys have been on the field as often as they have been, but it makes sense with their skill-sets. It appears that these guys will be utilized as extra weapons in the passing game, potentially give Andrew Luck even more weapons in the 2013 season.
For Havili, he was an explosive player in the passing game and could also make some plays on the ground. He wasn't used the same way with the Philadelphia Eagles, and was asked to be a pass blocker quite frequently, which was an area he has struggled with a bit over his career.
On the other hand, Moore is a more versatile fullback. He can catch the ball out the backfield, but he is also a very explosive runner and solid blocker. At Montana, he even played tail back from time to time as he was the team's go-to guy on offense.
From what we've heard out of OTAs up to this point, there's little doubt that at least one of these guys will make the final roster. However, with how much the team is using fullbacks right now, is there a chance that both guys make the cut?
It's still only June, so we will have to wait and see when it comes to these guys.