The Colts' best player is their quarterback, Andrew Luck. The Colts' deepest position is their wide receiver position, with Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Hakeem Nicks, Donte Moncrief, and others. Yet last season, the Colts tried to be a power run team and that not only drew the ire of countless fans, but it also hindered the team and their efforts to win.
This year, Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton doesn't want his offense to be a run-first offense but rather a "score-first" offense. Hamilton told ESPN's Mike Wells about the idea:
"We're going to be a score-first team. We're going to do whatever we need to do to score one more point than our opponent."
But, while one would assume that to mean that the Colts will transition to a passing offense, don't neglect another comment Hamilton made to Wells:
"Our mentality has not changed; we have to be physical at the point of attack. We have to try and knock people off the ball and wear them down physically. We have to have a sense of balance and still have a physical mentality, make up going into games so we can wear our opponents down how we see fit."
Basically, Hamilton is saying the same thing that we saw on the field last year. The Colts would try to run the ball, it wouldn't work, and then Andrew Luck would have to try to dig them out of a hole - something he has been extremely good at doing but something the Colts can't continue to rely on. The issue with the Colts offense has never been that they want to run the ball. That's a good thing. The issue is the way the Colts do it - they are a run first team until they get down too many points, at which point the pressure is all placed on Luck to dig them out. The idea the Colts are going toward is a balanced attack that still lets Luck be dangerous before the game is out of hand but that doesn't get completely away from the running game. It's a fine line, and the Colts are certainly working toward getting closer to that right balance.
Give Pep Hamilton a ton of credit, as last season he showed significant improvement down the stretch. But the mind-set remains with the team that they want to run the ball, and that's not the bad thing - but how are they going to do that? The Colts have an elite quarterback. The Colts have an abundance of weapons in the passing game. The Colts have a team that is expected to compete for a Super Bowl. And this team will go as far as Andrew Luck (not Trent Richardson) will carry them. Anything the Colts do to hinder Luck is not a good thing, nor is it a smart thing.
I'm not sure how much of the offense will actually be different this season. I guess we'll just have to wait (and hope) until we can actually see. But I do like what Hamilton said about being a "score-first team." We can only hope he truly means it, because that will mean more of Andrew Luck, and that's always a good thing.