#1: Giving Nyheim Hines the touches he deserves
While Jordan Wilkins and Jonathan Taylor have been mostly inconsistent throughout the season, Hines has excelled both as a pass catcher and as a runner. He was always a prolific receiver but this year he has taken a step forward on the ground and is now perhaps the Colts best running back. He adds an element to the offense that had been missing after Parris Campbell’s injury, the ability to make players miss and the speed to take almost every ball to the house. Against the Titans, Hines finally got the lion’s share of the workload and he was the MVP of the game.
#2: Tailoring the passing game to fit the receivers
The Colts’ weapons on the passing game are not spectacular but Reich managed to make the most of them against the Titans. Pittman is finally starting to show why the Colts invested so much in him, and it seemed like every receiver was more comfortable playing their role on passing situations.
#3: Constant aggression on 4th down
Reich has never been afraid to go for it on offense but this season the Colts have not been as effective. However, Frank’s conviction still has not wavered and giving the offense more time on the field paid dividends against the Titans, as their defense was visibly tired near the end of the game.
#4: Hat tip to Bubba Ventrone
The Colts’ special teams unit as a whole has been among the best in the NFL and Bubba Ventrone deserves plenty of credit for it. Last season was perhaps the worst I have seen from the Colts in this department but they have surely turned it around this season. Against the Titans, a crucial punt block returned for a touchdown helped seal the deal in a key divisional matchup.
#1: Play calling on goal line situations
While I love Reich’s aggressiveness, I was not a fan of the play calls on short yardage situations. He still has not figured out how to get his players on the best situations possible when it really matters and it seems like the opposing defense always expects what is coming on 4th and short. For the Colts to have a chance against the better teams, Reich will have to add an element of surprise to this facet of his play calls.
#2: Defense on the first half
The defense did not show up at all during the first half, as the Titans scored on 3 of their 4 drives and it seemed like this vaunted unit was getting shown up. Credit to Eberflus however, for making the proper adjustments at the half, something I had not seen from him yet.