On Saturday, the day before the Colts took the field for the first time in 2012 against the St. Louis Rams, I wrote an article intended to highlight the major questions surrounding the Colts' running back position. Unfortunately, it came across as a bashing of the position, and especially Donald Brown, before seeing even one game. I apologize for the error, but the position is definitely a question mark, which is what I intended to highlight. We got some answers on Sunday, and the running game was overall impressive.
I went back and watched the tape of the game to watch the run game another time. Here are some bulleted notes from my observations of the run game:
- Donald Brown's score on Andrew Luck's first NFL pass was a nice play by Brown. Caught a screen pass and took it the rest of the way, displaying good speed. That is what he is, after all: a speed back. If Bruce Arians calls more screens this year (highly unlikely after watching the Steelers' offense under him) Brown could factor into the receiving game.
- I just have to mention the Colts' first running play of the game because of how bad it was by center Samson Satele. Was plowed straight backwards from the moment the ball was snapped and his guy easily tackled Brown for a loss of 5 yards. I didn't see any other really bad plays by Satele, however.
- The first positive gain on the ground by the Colts was, who else, Andrew Luck. The kid can do everything. In all seriousness, he had a nice 9 yard scramble (ending with a slide), but on 3rd and 15 it was not enough. At least he did not try to force a ball that would have been picked off.
- On his second carry of the game (coming in the second quarter!) Donald Brown did a nice job gaining 7 yards after the line broke down. He ran around the right tackle and was forced out of bounds, but it was a nice piece of running from Brown. That would also be his last carry of the game.
- A little later that drive, the Colts faced a 3rd and 2 from the Rams 26 yard line. Delone Carter came in (Dwayne Allen and Dominique Jones were also in the backfield) and pounded through the line for 3 yards. It was nice seeing Carter be the short yardage back we hoped he would be, if only in a preseason game.
I was really impressed with Vick Ballard from Sunday's game. He ran really well. I was also impressed with tight end Dominique Jones' contribution to the run game with his blocking (and getting a first down on a carry). Who was the person that most contributed to the run game Sunday, in your opinion? Who was the most impressive back during Sunday's game? And lastly, which running back are you most looking forward to watching in this Sunday's game against the Steelers?