The Colts have thrown the ball 121 times the last two games, and those games came in the span of 4 days. That is not a recipe for success moving forward.
Frank Reich preached balance on offense when he came to Indianapolis. So far, he hasn’t really shown a commitment to it. He knows that needs to change moving forward. A balanced offense is how this team has a chance to win games.
The Colts haven’t had a chance to be balanced because they have been behind in most of their games. They haven’t been able to run the ball because they have had too much ground to make up and not a lot of time to do it. That needs to change if they want to win games.
Late in the New England game, the Colts were down. They started running the ball and showed some effectiveness in doing so. That helped them move the ball down the field easier. That was because the defense had to respect both aspects of the offense.
Running the ball also opens the play action pass down the field. The Colts have lacked deep shots for most of this year. Part of that is because of the lack of a run threat. Not having that threat allows teams to sit back in coverage and be prepared for deep balls.
With how the season has started off, they should run the ball more. They should do it with Nyheim Hines and Jordan Wilkins, the two rookies. They should try to get both of them on the field as much as possible. They need to gain experience to help the Colts win in the future.
Whoever lines up at running back, they need to the ball more consistently. Otherwise, they have absolutely no shot at winning games.