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Indianapolis Colts Womens T-Shirt
01-15-2019, 04:39 AM,
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Indianapolis Colts Womens T-Shirt
Passing Offense: B+Andrew Luck was Andrew Luck , as expected, against the Texans — and it was a type of game fans could breathe a sigh of relief after seeing the quarterback launch a ball 54 yards to the end-zone at the end of the first half. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesBut the Colts’ passing attack showed that it was more than just dink and dunk. While Luck connected on many throws that were between 0-8 yards, that was to be expected because of the fact Luck needed to get the ball out of his hands quickly to avoid being sacked by JJ Watt and Jadeveon Clowney. Luck finished with a career-high in passing yards with 464, and that number should’ve been higher if not for all the drops his wide receivers and tight ends endured throughout the course of the game. Another bright spot of the offense was the emergence of running back Nyheim Hines, who tallied a team-high with nine catches that went for 63 yards and two touchdowns. This was a huge part of the offense because of the fact the Colts struggled to get any sort of run-game going. Hines’ play from the backfield was an extension of the ground attack, and if the offense can’t get any rushing attack moving then Hines is expected to see an even high workload. While he didn’t finish the game, T.Y. Hilton found his stride and ended his day with 115 yards on four catches. He’s expected to be out against the Patriots on Thursday, but moving forward his performance against the Texans was a good sign. Another good sign came in the second half from other wide receivers. Zach Pascal, Chester Rogers, and Ryan Grant combined for 19 catches and 204 yards. It was a sight to see after the abysmal first half. Those three will be critical with Hilton expected to be sidelined with a hamstring injury. The play-calling was up and down at times, including at the end of the game. Reich’s choice to go for it on 4th down from the Indianapolis 43-yard-line with less than 30 seconds left in overtime gifted the Texans a great chance at a field goal. Reich went for the win, and that’s a testament to his aggressive play-calling. “We’re not playing to tie. We’re going for it 10 times out of 10,” Reich said after the game, per Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star.Rushing Offense: FPhoto by Bobby Ellis/Getty ImagesThe Colts rank 29th in the league in rushing at 72.4 yards a game Indianapolis Colts Womens T-Shirt , and that number was even lower against the Texans — due to numerous reasons. Indianapolis finished with 41 yards on the ground, but that was in large part to the offensive line struggling to get off the ball and the team falling behind 18 points, forcing Frank Reich to call more pass plays. The leading rusher on the afternoon was Jordan Wilkins, who finished with just eight touches for 16 yards. The longest rush for the game (seven yards) came from three different rushers — Luck, Wilkins, and Hines. The Colts need to find some sort of ground game to keep Luck from getting hit on every single possession. For the most part, the offensive line is holding up for as many dropbacks they have to endure. While Hines catching balls out of the backfield is an extension of the ground game, Reich needs to figure some way to get that aspect of the field moving.Colts Film Room: How the Colts are scheming their tight ends open Through five weeks of the Indianapolis Colts 2018 season, we’re seeing some interesting trends. Offensively, the Colts have done about what we presumed they would in Frank Reich’s system: heavy usage of their tight ends and running backs in the passing game.Focusing on their tight ends, the Colts have targeted them on over 27 percent of Andrew Luck’s attempts. Through the first three games of the season that number was up to 31 percent, and lately that’s down just a bit to around 25 percent in the past two weeks. With Jack Doyle being out in these last two games, that makes sense as the Colts have had to use Mo-Allie Cox and Erik Swoope as stand-ins in attempt to replace some of that production.Today, we’re going to look at some of what the Colts have been doing to scheme their tight ends open Indianapolis Colts Hats , and creating favorable matchups without Doyle in the lineup. You’ll see clips against man coverage (predominantly from Thursday night) as well as zone looks and how these concepts have worked.Smash versus man coverageErik Ebron has had to shoulder the load without Doyle in the lineup whereas in the first few games he had been used more sparingly for the most part. Andrew Luck has racked up 121 attempts in the past two weeks and Ebron has been targeted heavily as a result. Here we see the Colts using a smash concept which is quite effective versus a man-coverage look, and especially when that matchup features a physical mismatch for receiver being targeted.For this clip, Ebron is set up split out a bit from the line, and inside the slot receiver (Chester Rogers) and the outside receiver (Ryan Grant). There are different variations of the smash, but here both of the outermost receivers are set to crash the middle of the field on short in routes. Versus man you can see how this works so effectively. With Ebron running the corner route — outside of being bumped at the line of scrimmage — this leaves the 6-foot-4, athletic tight end in a matchup against the 5-foot-10 safety Devin McCourty. Ebron should win this battle each and every time, given the pass is on target. Swoope, who is also 6-foot-4 and very athletic and could be used in this manner effectively whereas we may not see much of this from Doyle given the contrast in speed.I really like this concept for what the Colts have in terms of overall talent at the receiver position, and there are some simple alterations that can be used to open up, both, the running backs and receivers. Short crossers in conjunction with verticalsThis isn’t a concept that is as effective against a man look as it is versus some zone coverages. In this clip, though, we see a cover-2 from the Houston Texans. Most of what happens here depends on the quarterback recognizing which coverage he’s seeing, and the receiver’s ability to pick it out as the route progresses. Here Indianapolis Colts Womens Hoodie , Luck is getting verticals out of his X and Z receivers, a hitch from Ryan Hewitt and a drag route from the target, Ebron. Aside from the tight end, here, everyone is used to either draw the coverage downfield to set up Ebron with a one-on-one opportunity to make a play after the catch. The alternative — against this zone look — Ebron is to be used as the eye candy for the corner and linebacker, while the field side receiver is to passed the corner and sit down underneath the safety, or break in on a shallow post route.It didn’t work out that way as Luck was more concerned with getting into a rhythm and takes the tight end as soon as he passes the opposite hash. This is still a safe option for Luck versus the zone, it’s just not the optimal one in terms of eating up yardage and beating the Houston zone. This either produces something short and simple, or potentially a big play down field if the receiver can beat the safety after the catch. Expect to see some of these combinations go for big yardage throughout the season at some point.Play action mismatchesEveryone wants to call out RPOs now with this look, but this is indeed simply just the Colts using effective play action to move one defender, and send out a mismatch versus another. The Colts attempted to use this same play from the other side of the formation with Cox in Week 4 as well, but this clip shows more of what the idea behind the play is.This one is pretty straight forward as well. Luck recognizes man coverage here, and uses the play to take advantage of this simple completion with very little resistance. Nyheim Hines lines up to the right of Luck to pull his coverage with him.After the snap, you see Luck eyeballing the linebacker. If he doesn’t go with Hines Womens Customized Indianapolis Colts Jerseys , Luck will likely try to hit him out in the flat. If the linebacker does follow Hines, though, Luck easily throws behind him to Ebron and gets an easy 10-yard completion deep in Texans’ territory. Of course the latter happens, and you can see that the linebacker completely vacates the middle of the field and how much area Luck has to make this quick throw. Simple design, easy execution.Post-wheel combinationMost of the time we hear of wheel routes coming from the running backs. Ultimately this is out-and-up from the Swoope, but the concept is the same. Here the Colts find themselves going up against a man look over the top, a single-high look from the safety with some zone from the linebackers underneath. At the bottom of the screen we see Swoope lined up upright near the line and Zach Pascal out wide with the idea of stretching the coverage they’re facing. This simply titled post-wheel combination is exactly what it sounds like. Pascal takes his coverage deep and to the middle of the field to occupy the corner and the safety, while Swoope executes more of an out-and-up version of the wheel route in attempt to get his coverage watching the quarterback and beat him deep.This works out nearly to perfection throughout the process of the routes. Swoope’s coverage doesn’t bite on the out portion of the route, but Swoope is able to beat his man deep with no help over the top. This is a perfect throw from Luck to the front corner of the end zone and Swoope makes a beautiful catch and nearly gets credit for the touchdown. In closing, we see that Reich is trying to use the position to create mismatches and different advantages in all areas of the field. The Colts’ once strength at the tight end position has diminished a bit with injuries and roster movements, but they still have a steady set of concepts that they can use to continue the success of the tight ends in general. How these concepts progress when Doyle returns to action will be equally interesting to watch, but you have to like what we’re seeing so far. The Colts tight ends have been on the receiving end of half of the team’s passing touchdowns (6) thus far, and they continue to be legitimate targets in all areas of the field. I’d say the position is actually producing remarkably well with all things considered.

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