The Indianapolis Colts scored 21 points in their first game, a 21-17 win over Oakland last week.
Indianapolis’ new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton had introduced a different style of attack than what fans grew accustomed to seeing a year ago when Bruce Arians was in charge.
Arians’ system wasn’t better. Just different from what Hamilton wants to get accomplished.
Now, heading into the team’s home game with Miami on Sunday, the Colts would like to see continued improvement in the offense, specifically, and in the overall play of the team overall.
“As long as we move the chains and you can put points on the board, I really don’t care about it to be honest with you. I think you’ve got to be able to, I’ll say it until they run me out of here, you’ve got to be able to run the football,” head coach Chuck Pagano said this week.
“We took a few shots down the field last week. We missed them. We’ve got to hit those. We got to hit our chunk plays. I think balance is important and that’s one thing we thought we needed to do, regardless, was have better balance. Certainly when you can run the ball, it takes a little heat off of your quarterback.”
He has no issues with the job done by Hamilton in the Raiders game.
“If you look at it, Pep’s been at both levels. He’s been in the NFL for a long period of time and been around NFL football, so to speak. So I don’t think it’s that. I think it’s more just getting a system and play calls and getting everybody on the same page. We knew it wasn’t going to happen overnight, particularly with the way the offseason is anymore, the way training camp is and preseason,” Pagano said.