I've seen many comments the past few months about how little football talk there is on this site so in the DIY tradition I thought I'd make an offering to the pro-football-talk effort. That's the "in favor of football-talk" effort.
The Colts running game last year wasn't that good. The numbers were even inflated by Donald Brown breaking lots of tackles for long runs (can't exactly count on that) and Luck scrambling. If the running game improves and becomes more consistent (able to get 2 yards when you need them or consistently able to get 4-5 yards on first down, for example) it will have important effects on the pass protection, and passing game in general which, as we all know, in the NFL is where the money's at.
Without laying out an exhaustive explanation of the "power run" scheme, I thought I'd just link this article, which lays it out excellently and lucidly:
So, based on the principles in this article, given the Colts "power running team" stuff and offensive line situation here's a few questions:
1)The Colts scheme isn't exactly like the one laid out in the article, could someone who knows more about it than me lay out the differences and similarities?
2) How will Mewhort and maybe Holmes (possibly even Harrison) do in the power running game?
3) What affect will the return of Thomas and D Allen have on the run game? Which one will be more important and why do you think so?
4) Are we again going to see lots of two tight end sets and a fullback or will Fleener be flexed out more this year due to the fact that his line blocking assignments will not be as important as last year? Perhaps he'll be used more in unbalanced line sets?
There should be plenty to talk about there.