Indianapolis Colts: What Can We Expect From The Rebuilding Colts In 2018?

Andrew Luck, Frank Reich, Indianapolis Colts
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Colts Offense Will Feature More Short Passes and RB Committee

No one is sure what new style Reich will implement in Indy, but we do know what worked for him in Philly. Based off of his past tendencies, Reich is a proponent of opening up opportunities for deep passes by maintaining a steady flow of short yardage passes. Instead of airing the ball out vertically like former Colts OC Rob Chudzinski preferred, expect Reich to implement an offensive approach with his OC Nick Sirianni that will focus on attacking the field horizontally. This could lead to more opportunities for T.Y. Hilton out of the slot, and it will especially help tight ends Jack Doyle and Eric Ebron get more receptions as safety blankets,

New offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni and HC Frank Reich are on the same page

As the wide receivers coach for the Los Angels Chargers, Sirianni helped coach a successful offense. LA dominated the field on 1-10 yard plays. And on those short-yardage plays, the Chargers led the league in YAC. In theory, this proves not all large chunks of yardage have to come from a deep pass play. According to the Indy Star, Reich always had his eye on Sirianni, and the two have worked very well together so far. The two have an almost identical offensive philosophy, so it could be fun to see what they will do with this Colts offense.

Focusing on short passes could do wonders for Luck as he is recovering from shoulder surgery. But don’t be fooled, he can still air it out. The Colts Wire reported Luck connected with K.J. Brent for a 75-yard touchdown pass over the head of 2017 second round draft pick cornerback Quincy Wilson. If Andrew Luck is back to his old self, he can remind the league why he really is one of the best young quarterbacks. Here are three bold predictions for Andre Luck’s 2018 season.

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As for the running game, Reich used a running back committee with the Eagles. Since Ballard drafted running backs Nyheim Hines out of North Carolina State and Jordan Wilkins out of Ole Miss during Day 3 of the NFL Draft, we can assume Reich and Sirianni will likely implement a committee to maintain the ground game. Hines and Wilkins will join Marlon Mack in the Colts young backfield. But there is more to a solid running game than having talent at the running back position. The Colts needed to improve their offensive line this season, and that they definitely did.

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