The Colts have one of the most innovative offensive minds on their coaching staff. That mind will make the team get creative in the run game to help create chunk plays.
Frank Reich is one of the NFL’s best offensive minds. This was on display when the Eagles beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl. He called some great plays in that game was one of the main reasons why Philly was able to win their first Super Bowl.
Reich now has those talents working in Indianapolis. He is good at finding mismatches and exploiting those mismatches for big gains. He also loves to run the ball. This season, he might have the best ability to run the ball he has had as a head coach.
That’s because Marlon Mack will have some teammates who can share his load. Jonathan Taylor gives them an excellent 1-2 punch at running back and gives the Colts a lot of options. Nyheim Hines can also be utilized, but likely wouldn’t be used out of the backfield as much.
Hines can be used in reverse situations and end-arounds. His speed makes him very dangerous in the open field. Getting him on the edge is the best plan of action to get him involved. Hines isn’t the only one who can be utilized in reverses.
Colts won’t just use running backs
Parris Campbell is also a great person to use in those situations. Campbell suffered a myriad of injuries in his rookie season that greatly reduced his ability to impact the team. Now that he is fully healthy, his speed is an excellent asset to have.
Campbell should spend a large amount of time in the slot. That will give him favorable matchups in
the passing game but also allow him to be used more in the running game as well. He has 4.3 speed and that speed is what attracted him to the Colts in the first place.
Reich wants the running game to be the focal point of the offense. Now he has the weapons to make that part of the game extremely diversified.