The Indianapolis Colts secret to success this season has been in their offense. With a mixture of run and pass the Colts have managed to dominate the early part of the season. Colts coach Chuck Pagano has been a bit cocky about the offense he has running, but then again he did have good reasons to be – well, that is until now.
Pagano’s men have been destroying defenses with hard-charging ground game. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has done well to orchestrate such a scheme, although its decline appears to be close at hand.
The Colts haven’t been able to record their impressive form over the past two weeks. The Houston Texans locked horns with the Colts on the road two weeks ago. Despite possessing the home factor and momentum the Colts were able to pick a narrow 27-24 win over the Texans. After running around 00 yards in of the first seven tilts the Colt were only able grab an additional 69 yards.
A similar saga occurred in the embarrassing 38-8 defeat to St. Louis Rams last Sunday. Pagano told The Tribune-Star that Colts’ ability “to run the football late” was the reason behind the poor results.
“Our inability to run the football of late, it hurts your football team,” Pagano said. “Time of possession, your three-and-out field position, the defense is having to play more, it affects so many different things. Our ability to run the football and stop the run is paramount and we got to get back to doing that.”
Miseries are starting to pile upon the Colts. Ground troubles are no longer their primary concern. A closer inspection of their performance will show that aerial attacks have dried up since Colts lost Reggie Wayne for the season to a knee injury.
But wait, there is more. Trent Richardson hasn’t been performing at his standard as of late. Richardson is currently running at only 2.8 yards per carry. The young running back is starting to resemble a lost duckling in the backfield. Pagano believes his men need to win back their concentration.
“It makes it difficult because you become one-dimensional,” Pagano said. “When people take (the run) away from you and you got to drop back and throw it every time, then they're teeing off and they're not honoring the run game.”
The Colts currently possesses a two-game lead in the AFC South, but if things continue to head south Pagano will have more bad news to bear.