The Colts are in the middle of installing their brand new offense, and it already has a different look than players are used to.
Frank Reich has said that he wants to get the best match-ups he can on the offensive side of the ball. He wants to get the best players in the best possible scenarios to be effective. He is already showing what that means during OTA’s.
Reich is moving players around into interesting positions on the field offensively. Tight ends are being split out next to running backs, and receivers are moving into the slot more. He is trying to maximize the possible match-ups.
This isn’t just good for Andrew Luck. In case Luck still isn’t healthy by the time the season starts, Jacoby Brissett would benefit from all the player movement. Any advancement of the offense would help level the playing field for him.
Indianapolis needs to have a contingency plan. Moving Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron outside is an interesting idea. It creates confusion with defense and is a cool new wrinkle. Expect the running backs to me more involved in the passing game as well.
The Colts drafted running backs to help with the passing game as well. Nyheim Hines is going to be a key part of that. He is a good receiver out of the back field, and that could create match-up problems too.
A new look offense won’t be able to mask the fundamental issues that have plagued the Colts in recent years though. They still need to protect the quarterback and the football better. They also need to run the ball better too, but improved offensive line play helps with that.
The new offense will be interesting to see. Hopefully the new wrinkles equal more points.