Colts 2015 Position Review: Running Backs

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Dec 27, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore (23) is tackled by Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes (21) during the first half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 27, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore (23) is tackled by Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes (21) during the first half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 27, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore (23) is tackled by Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes (21) during the first half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 27, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore (23) is tackled by Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes (21) during the first half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

The Indianapolis Colts season is over, but how did they perform at each position and will those players be back in 2016?

The Colts have yearned to be a dominant rushing team for four year now. Coach Chuck Pagano has pushed the idea of his team being a force on the ground, but it hasn’t happened. They don’t have the personnel to be a power run team, add to that the fact that running the ball actually plays away from the team’s strengths, and you can a philosophical divide that simply makes the Colts weaker overall.

In 2015, the Colts run game looked like it would be a nice compliment to what had been the most prolific passing attack in 2014. But the ground game fell apart awfully quickly. At the end of the year, the Colts ranked 29th in rushing and averaged just under 90 yards per game (which drops down to 75 yards a game when QB scrambles are taken out of the equation).

Simply put, the Colts running game was a mess this season. When Andrew Luck is the team’s second leading rusher in just seven games, you know you had a bad season on the ground.

The Colts made a splash signing in free agency and had a number of intriguing options to fill out the depth chart. But none of that seemed to help. Certainly the Luck injuries killed any chance of the Colts have a truly dynamic offense, but the play-calling didn’t help either.

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