“Taking what the defensive gives” is a normal, respectable offensive game plan, mostly because conservative play-calling and decision-making reduces the chance for mistakes. However, the 2015 Indianapolis Colts plan to put an aggressive twist on that philosophy.
According to Jason Spells of WTHR, Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton expects Andrew Luck and Co. to take what the defense gives—without settling.
— Jason Spells (@JasonSpells) August 10, 2015
Although it initially may sound like a redundant statement, the point is Indianapolis has a slew of pass-catching weapons that can create mismatches all over the field.
Just because T.Y. Hilton is double-covered on a vertical route or a safety is shadowing Andre Johnson on an intermediate crossing route doesn’t mean Luck is supposed to hit a checkdown option. The quarterback can push the ball down the field without forcing the issue because defenses can’t double everyone.
Translation? Someone is going to be open.
Finding a way to contain any five-man combination of Hilton, Johnson, Donte Moncrief, Phillip Dorsett, Dwayne Allen, Coby Fleener and Frank Gore won’t be easily done, especially if Luck is afforded time to throw.
There certainly will be snaps where a dump-off pass is indeed the best choice. But with the talent Indianapolis boasts on offense, Luck’s third read on a given play might be the biggest mismatch, and the Colts are prepared to exploit it.
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