Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich had his weekly conference call today with the media and gave several updates.
Few Frank Reich call notes:— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) October 17, 2022
-Keke Coutee (concussion) likely out this week
-Julian Blackmon was more 'in case of emergency' yesterday. Didn't progress fully late last week.
-It'll be week-to-week on no-huddle call. Does restrict Colts multiplicity, something Reich desires.
#Colts coach Frank Reich on S Julian Blackmon: "Late in the week, he didn't make the progress physically to really get to a point where there was any kind of decision that needed to be made."— James Boyd (@RomeovilleKid) October 17, 2022
Felt that Blackmon isn't fully himself yet and was available essentially for emergency.
Frank Reich opened his media conference call by giving updates on some of the team's injured players. The significant injury from the Jacksonville Jaguars game was wide receiver Keke Coutee who went down hard after a hit to the head and had to leave the game immediately. Coutee is in the league's concussion protocol and likely out this week while he recovers.
Reich went on to talk about free safety Julian Blackmon who was not ruled out of the game but didn’t play any snaps on the day. Reich said Blackmon was active as an emergency safety as he didn’t make the necessary progress in the week physically to start or play meaningful snaps. With the good play from rookie safety Rodney Thomas there was no need to risk Blackmon and instead he was rested for future games.
Frank Reich does a good job of explaining why using no huddle on a permanent or more-frequent basis is tough: Yes, it prevents the defense from substituting, but it also prevents YOU from doing so. That limits the number of formations you can use which then condenses the playbook— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) October 17, 2022
One of the downsides to up-tempo, Reich said, is that it limits the formations/personnel groupings the offense can use. He's always wanted multiple -- as many groupings as possible for defenses to worry about. But no doubt the no-huddle helped Sunday. https://t.co/t6CU4r4UmJ— Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) October 17, 2022
Reich spoke about the Colts offense and how they used no huddle play calls to speed up things on offense and the positive outing the offense had because of it. The Colts offense looking significantly better in the hurry up offense but like Reich says it does give the offense an advantage as the defense has no time to substitute but it also negates the offense’s opportunity to be multiple and substitute themselves. The hurry up offense is a great tool on offense but Reich does mention that it will be a week to week decision rather than an offensive staple going forward. Not to forget several players spoke about the effectiveness of the no huddle offense but also about how much of a strain it is physically and how much it tested their conditioning.