Marlon Mack Has Established Himself As A Dynamic Player
Marlon Mack has been one of the best kept secrets in all of the NFL so far this season, and I have a feeling he is just getting started.
When people have attempted to solve what has made this offense so powerful, they look in multiple directions. For some, it is the combination of Andrew Luck and Hilton. For others, it is the emergence of surprises such as the domination of the new and improved Colts offensive line. Very rarely has Marlon Mack been thrown into that conversation, and it is something that needs to change, as he is doing some big things right now.
Last year splitting the duties with Frank Gore, Mack has had the opportunity this season to show what he can bring to the table. It has resulted in a running attack that the Colts have not seen for quite some time. Mack recorded 148 yards against Houston on Saturday, against a defense that had not allowed a 100 yard rusher all season.
But this was not something new for Mack, this was something that he has been doing all year long. After starting the season hurt, he came back with a vengeance, and it all started when he posted back to back 100 yard games against Buffalo and Oakland. And yes, that was when the Colts started this remarkable streak that we are currently witnessing. Mack has established himself as a top back in the NFL, and he has the stats to back it up.
Mack is sixth in the NFL in rushing yards per game, and each time he has received twenty or more carries, he has reached over 100 yards. It is also key to remember that while everyone is noting this offensive line for their ability to protect Luck, they have also been opening up some big holes for Mack, and he is making the most of it.
So what’s the point? Why should Mack be someone to watch moving forward? Well it is quite simple, and it is that he is the key behind this offense. For Luck and this passing attack to excel, they need to have a solid threat at running back to keep defenses honest, and that is exactly what they have had all season with Mack.
Mack is only in his second season, he is a youngster. His production this season is something that very few expected, and something that deserves a lot more credit than what he has been receiving. Even when Andrew Luck was starting out with the Colts, before all the injuries, he never had a running back that the team could truly count on. Now he does, and that makes for quite the dangerous team not only for now, but for years to come.