Every week, Colts fans and Stampede Blue readers can submit their Colts questions to have a chance of them being answered in our weekly Q&A.
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Let’s jump straight into this week’s questions:
Leroystayclean (Stampede Blue Comments): The Colts offense seem to lack an attitude that says “stop us.” The famous seam routes once a staple in the offense led by Manning is used by the Ravens, the Buccaneers, and other teams. Dallas Clark, Stokely, other WRs with ten plus TDS on the Colts over the years once caught TDS getting to the seams. I know the team wants to run the ball. But the best running team is the best because they sell out in play calling and personnel to make the run work. My question: what are the Colts going to do well on offense the next two games?
Answer: One of the main reasons the Colts offense has lacked an attitude is mainly due to the inconsistent quarterback play, the running game has hummed all season and has produced over 2,000 yards rushing and have rushed against teams even when they are expecting it with success. The offense’s problems aren’t anything to do with the play calling or over selling to make the run work it sits squarely in the hands of the passing attack. If the Colts are going to succeed on offense going forward they need to produce consistently in the passing game and be able to stretch the ball down the field, and all comes from the quarterback with help from the receivers too.
FtWayneFan (Stampede Blue Comments): Any thoughts on why we are carrying 3 QB’s? It seems that Kelly is not going to play and JB is the starter and will finish the season. We cut Kelly earlier and no one claimed him or signed him off the practice squad.
Answer: The Colts seemed to carry 3 quarterbacks originally due to Brissett’s injury. It is interesting that the team continued to carry 3 quarterbacks maybe it was in case of a re-injury to Brissett and knowing that after the abysmal showing from Hoyer in the Dolphins game that they needed to carry 3 quarterbacks. But we will never truly know unless the Colts say why.
Lucky Jock Strap (Stampede Blue Comments): There will be questions whether Luck could unretire as long as he’s capable of still playing. If he were to comeback, the team wouldn’t say a word until the end of the season, that’s the professionalism they have for those involved. How would they handle the quarterback situation? Do keep Brissett and dump everyone else? Or get rid of Brissett and Hoyer keep the young gun Chad Kelly?
Answer: If and it’s a huge if Luck did come out of retirement, which it isn’t looking likley at all at the moment, then the Colts would likely go back to how they were prior to the retirement. Luck would be the starter, Brissett would be the backup, Hoyer would be cut and Kelly likely a practice squad member.
(Editor’s Note: The Colts have suggested that they want to see Kelly in the coming off-season and feared dropping him back to waivers or putting him on the practice squad to get signed away by another team.)
BritNick (Stampede Blue Comments): Sorry guys but did I miss any rumours on why Jonathan Williams is frozen out of the running game? Of course, he won’t have the calls while Mack is fit but he is a better blocker than Jordan Wilkins (notice JW’s block for Hines on the punt return TD vs Carolina) and seemed a more punishing runner, scrapping and gaining that extra yard or two. Seeing him on the sideline with helmet on, it looked like it was a team disciplinary action at one point. I like all four RBs for the varying skills they provide but just wondered what the scuttlebutt was
Answer: Jonathan Williams played very well when Marlon Mack was injured but before that Williams had not been active all year and continued that trend when Mack returned. Williams is a good running back but he is in a depth battle against two other running backs who have predominate roles in the offense; Wilkins being Mack’s primary back up and Hines as the gadget and 3rd down passing running back.