There are many things that fans should be eager to watch tomorrow during the Colts’ preseason opener. But one that should matter to fans a lot is how the coaching staff calls plays.
Calling plays is an extremely important part of football. The Colts have an entire new coaching staff as well as new systems on both sides of the ball. With having those new systems in place, play calling will be something to watch in the preseason opener.
The offense will be different than what most Colts fans are used to. There will be a lot of short passes and intermediate routes as opposed to deep shots. They will still take shots deep, but will set it up more with short passes.
Those short passes should also keep Andrew Luck from getting hit as much has he has in the past. That is the key to keeping him healthy. It will be interesting to see how aggressive Nick Sirianni is with his play calling in game one.
The defensive play calling is also something to watch. The Colts defense was extremely bad last season. They will need to be aggressive to mask their roster flaws, especially in the secondary. They will need to blitz more to keep quarterbacks on their toes.
But who will be blitzing will be interesting to see. Matt Eberflus might send some corners or safeties on blitzes to mix things up and put the linebackers in coverage. The defensive play-calling might be more integral to the team’s success as the offensive play calling.
The plays fans will see on Sunday will only be a tiny piece of the offense that the Colts have. Coaches rarely give too much away during preseason games. But even so, fans should be excited at what both new systems will bring tomorrow night.