The Colts have tried to pass the ball more recently, and it hasn’t gone well. They need to go back to being a running team first.
Marlon Mack is the best player the Colts have on their offense right now. Everyone else is hurt, so no one else really matters. The problem is the coaching staff doesn’t seem to have an idea of what to do with Mack when the game starts to get in the fourth quarter.
Prime example was yesterday in the Miami game. The Colts were driving at the end of the game trying to score a game-winning touchdown. But once they got past the 30-yard line, Mack was nowhere to be found. In fact, he wasn’t even on the field!
It makes no sense to take your only consistent playmaker off the field in that situation. They still had three timeouts and plenty of time to run the ball in the middle of the field. Instead, the coaches decided to trust Brian Hoyer to make good decision, which he did not do.
The Colts had the most success early in the season when they were a run-first football team. They murdered the Chargers on the ground, with Mack running for 174 yards. They even gashed the Titans as a team on the ground. But they have gotten away from it late in games recently.
It’s baffling as to why they’ve done that though. It’s not like they have been behind by a lot of points. Every game this season has still been decided by one possession. He needs to be as involved in the game late as he is early in the first quarter.
Until the coaches realize this, there are going to be more games that they lose. Balance is the key to this team winning and they haven’t had that in awhile.