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Pagano sees another thing.
The stats say one thing specifically, that the Colts are the third least balanced team in the playoffs when it comes to rush to pass ratio, trailing only the pass happy Saints and Broncos.
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He was asked why he ascribes to that philosophy despite the overwhelming evidence this has become a passing league.
He may have a point. Of the 12 playoff teams, eight are ranked in the top 13 in the league in rushing, and nine are ranked in the top 12 in the league in Omega Seamaster Chronograph Leather
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano congratulates quarterback Andrew Luck after a second half touchdown against the Jaguars at EverBank Field in Jacksonville on Sunday, September 29, 2013.(Photo: Matt Detrich / The Star)
sample size. Certainly, both of last year's Super Bowl team, the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers, were exceedingly strong at running and stopping the run.
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) is pressured on his goal line by St. Louis Rams Kendall Langford (98) and Chris Long (91). Indianapolis Colts play the St. Louis Rams Sunday, November 10, 2013, afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium.
are so limited in their contact drills, they are no longer prepared to handle a steady diet of running. It's why he wants to throw those body blows early even if they're 2 and 3 yard gains to set up the knockout punch when the game is on the line in the fourth quarter.
Three of the playoff teams (Carolina, San Francisco and Seattle) have actually run the ball more often than they passed this season.
Second, just two years into this massive rebuild, general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano do not yet have the type of team they truly want heading into the postseason. They want what Seattle has, what San Francisco has, what Carolina has. That's not going to happen for a couple of years, in which time you'd expect Grigson to strengthen the interior of the offensive line.
"We know all these games are going to come down to one score games, field goal here, field goal there. We've got to be able to invest early and hopefully wear an opponent down and hopefully be able to run the ball and stop the run late in game and close games out that way.''
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"It just opens up everything," he said. "It can tire people out. Even though we opened up games up tempo the last couple of weeks and spread people out, it opens things up for the run game. If you can keep a defense out Omega Watches Constellation Price there for an extended period of time and you wear them out and invest. There are some tough yards early. If you invest in some early body blows, it'll pay dividends towards the end of the game, especially in the fourth quarter.
"If you just go by numbers, you could argue that we're not there yet," the Colts head coach said. "We'll never change that mindset. Until they run me out of here, that'll be our mantra. I think there's times when we've had to run the ball, when we've had to close out games, we're able to do that. History will tell you that. That's the first thing I talked about (Tuesday) morning. It all starts up front. Being able to run the ball and stop the run. Whether we get the numbers that we want week in and week out, we're not going to change from a philosophical standpoint."
A couple of conclusions:
Could we be turning back the clock to more of a run emphasis?
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