Welcome to Week 4 of the Colts Charting Enterprise. I realize this is only the second edition of this, I apologize for the computer issues that have kept me from completing this for the past two weeks. (Don’t worry, I’ll go back and re-chart weeks 2, 3 & 5 so I can add them in the cumulative charts for the entire season).
Week 4 was an interesting week as we saw the Colts surprisingly jump out to a first half lead only to watch the Seahawks dominate the second half and run away with the victory.
With Jacoby Brissett firmly set as the starter for the Colts, it is interesting to see how the offense now functions in terms of personnel, play call and execution. Let’s take a look....
Once again just for a reminder, these are the types of personnel the Colts used in Week 4 and what exactly they mean.
11 personnel - 1 Running Back, 1 Tight End, 3 Wide Receivers
12 personnel - 1 Running Back, 2 Tight Ends, 2 Wide Receivers
13 personnel - 1 Running Back, 3 Tight Ends, 1 Wide Receiver
02 personnel - 0 Running backs, 2 Tight Ends, 3 Wide Receivers
- This was by far the most frequently used package for the Colts. Of the 56 offensive plays that they ran, 39 of them included three wide receivers, a tight end and a running back.
- Of the 39 plays..
- 35 were from shotgun
- 25 were passes, 14 were runs (At one point this was 25-10 before the last drive)
- Of the 25 passes, 21 did not involve play-action. So it’s very clear, when the Colts are in 11 personnel they’re passing from shotgun and the defense should know they’re not worried about the run, or a fake handoff.
- Brissett was much better from 11 personnel in the first half, when he went 10-13 for 90 yards. In the second half, Brissett was 2-7 for 15 yards out of this formation.
- If you look at the grey boxes on the bottom left, you see just how often he targeted the left side. This could be a product of him being more comfortable throwing there and that being his read, but it was also painfully obvious he was avoiding Richard Sherman who primarily stays on the right side of the field and I don't blame him.
- Doyle played 27 of the 39 snaps given to the position, with Darrell Daniels actually playing 9, compared to Brandon Williams and his 3. Daniels slowly may be taking the #2 spot with Swoope out.
- Doyle’s most popular route is the the in dig route, which he ran 7 times out of his 17 routes. This offense still keeps him relatively close to the line of scrimmage with opportunities for yards after catch (YAC), with 15 of his 17 routes being either a dig (in/out), crossing route, curl or slant.
- Tight Ends were only targeted 5 times, with two catches coming from Doyle for 9 yards
- Doyle also spent a ton of time in the slot, specifically the right slot. 16 of his total 27 snaps were lined up in the slot.
- The normal trio of Hilton, Moncrief and Aiken were on the field for nearly all of these plays (Aiken surprisingly played every single snap in 11 personnel)
- Quan Bray randomly took one snap for Moncrief
- Moncrief spent the most time on the wide left side of the field, where 17 of his 38 snaps came. But he also spent 10 snaps in the right slot, and 9 out wide on the right
- TY Hilton spent 24 of his snaps in the left slot or wide right, where he split them equally with 12 snaps each
- Aiken spent 31 of his 39 snaps in the slot
- With Moncrief lined up wide left so often, they’re utilizing him as a downfield threat, as he ran a fly route 8 times. His best route, an inward dig, he ran 4 times. He also ran a comeback 4 times, with one of them being a 3rd down conversion for 10 yards.
- Hilton also ran 6 fly routes, with a curl being his second most popular route. This has always been his best route, especially with the timing he has with Andrew Luck and his ability to get YAC.
(NOTE* - There are subtle differences between a curl and a comeback. A curl is often a shorter route, usually run in the middle of the field, where the receiver usually just takes one step and turns around. Comebacks are usually executed more often on the sideline where the receiver takes a sharper stop and takes a few steps to get back to the ball. I think it’s important to notice the nuanced differences, and make it clear why I’m doing it.)
- Aiken also ran 7 comebacks, with some flys and crossing routes sprinkled in there
- Brissett’s timing with Aiken is terrible, especially considering Aiken runs a lot of comebacks that need perfect timing. Brissett was 1-5 in targeting Aiken, for 4 yards.
- Moncrief caught all 3 of his targets for 30 yards, with one touchdown on a beautiful high-point catch
- Frank Gore’s 7 carries for 34 yards look good, but 14 of them came on a 2nd half carry in garbage time. 6-20 besides that.
- Recently cut, then signed Matt Jones got the last 4 carries of the game, going for 10 yards.
The Colts only ran two plays from this formation, without any running backs.
- Both plays were attempts to Doyle
- Moncrief, Aiken and Hilton were in for all 3
The Colts ran 6 plays with a pair of tight ends and wide receivers.
- Doyle played all 6 plays, Brandon Williams with 4, Darrell Daniels with 2
- Hilton and Aiken played every snap, as Moncrief didn’t make it on to the field for any of these. Thought this was interesting...
- Nothing of real consistency or substance to see here. A couple handoffs to Gore and a few passes. The Colts used this package a lot when Brissett first started taking snaps, but have lessened it significantly.
The Colts actually ran more plays with 3 tight ends than 2...
- When it came to decide what wide receiver to put on the field, it gets interesting. TY Hilton saw the field 3 times, they used an extra lineman twice, and Marian University graduate Krishawn Hogan actually saw the most action with 4 snaps.
- Of the 9 plays, 6 were runs. Of course, they only totaled 14 yards, but one of the carries was Turbin’s touchdown. (Have you noticed it’s relatively easy to see what the Colts are planning on calling even before the snap - It’s the stereotypical spread them out to pass and line up heavy for run... sigh)
- Brandon William’s catch for 31 yards came off a play where he was lined up on the right side of the line and ran a wheel route to the left side of the field to find himself wide open.
- Even when the Colts are lining up heavy to pass, it’s going to their tight ends. All in all, tight ends saw 11 of Brissett’s 29 attempts during the game.
As I’ve mentioned, it’s easy to predict the Colts’ intentions just based off of pre-snap concepts. But, with the fact that Jacoby Brissett is still weeks into this offense, things do need to be simplified for optimal execution. Mostly understandable.
If you really want to see what the Colts are doing on specific downs, I have color-coordinated sections that show what plays have occurred on certain downs (ALL of the plays are in the grey boxes, and are numbered. I left the numbers there for the downs too. For instance, if you look at the 11 personnel chart, the Colts 4th, 5th and 12th plays from that personnel were on first down.
I really hope you are all enjoying this. It takes hours upon hours of work to put this whole piece together, but diving deep into the work of the Colts offense helps provide a better viewpoint on what Rob Chudzinski is doing with his play-makers.
Any questions, please leave them in the comment section and I’ll try my best to clear up any confusion you may have about the process.