This might have been the best game that coach Reich has called for the Colts since he has been the head coach. It led to a solid victory over the Falcons.
The Colts were able to win Sunday after almost blowing a second half lead. That can’t be blamed on the offense though, as they raced out to a 20-3 lead at halftime. The biggest reason they had so many points is the play calling of Frank Reich.
Jacoby Brissett put on a clinic, passing for over 300 yards and two touchdowns. That is because Reich called plays where receivers were able to get open easily and Brissett could make quick reads. He was able to then throw it to the open guy where he could get some yards after the catch.
Reich mixed in a good balance of the run and the pass. This is still a run first team, but I knew the playbook was about to open up. They used the run to open up the play action pass deeper down the field. It was a big reason they were able to move the ball.
They also used the tight ends a lot on rollout passes. Brissett would do play action and rollout to the opposite side. Then a tight end would leak out and catch it for an easy 7-12 yards every time. That’s a good way to move down the field incrementally.
Now that the passing game has opened up, the Colts are going to be extremely hard to stop. The Falcons crowded the box to stop the run and dared Brissett to beat them over the top. He did, and that resulted in a Colts victory. Other teams have taken note.
This balance is key to their continued success the rest of the season. Reich’s play calling will continue to be a big part of their success as well.