Colts Bullish On Potential Success Of 2019 Offense
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INDIANAPOLIS – Eric Ebron’s advice to opponents is pray.
T.Y. Hilton calls it scary.
Even the mild-mannered Frank Reich doesn’t feel it is fair.
Yeah, I’d say the Indianapolis Colts are pretty high on their offensive potential in 2019.
The Colts are about as bullish as one can be.
And their optimism looks like this:
-It starts with Andrew Luck showing the entire NFL world he could still play the game of football pretty well in 2018, winning Comeback Player of the Year honors.
-It extends to Luck’s relationship with Frank Reich, who excelled in his play-calling duties with creativity and adjustments that were lost in recent years.
-An improved run-game saw a healthy Marlon Mack finish 2018 with the 6th best rushing yards per game output of any player.
-The entire starting offensive line returns after a year in which they kept Luck upright better than any O-line in football.
-The receiver group has some very intriguing complementary pieces to the elite T.Y. Hilton. You’ve added some size in Devin Funchess and some game-breaking speed in Parris Campbell.
-And the tight end group remains deep and versatile, with the return of a reliable Jack Doyle coming this fall.
“This offense is going to be scary,” Hilton put it last week.
“Scary. Dangerous.” Ebron says when asked about the offense, while admitting he often thinks about the lofty ceiling for their unit.
Reich’s giddiness for this offense came after the pick of Campbell, and the play caller imagining the possibilities.
“As a coach you always feel you so much love the guys you work with that I always think, ‘Hey, we don’t need anybody else. We already got the best guys in the world playing for us.’ And then all of a sudden, now you’re giving us more? This isn’t fair. It’s not going to be fair,” Reich said after the Campbell selection.
“And then you get a guy that run 4.31 and you just say, ‘It’s going to be fun to see these guys work together.’ You look at the talent there, you look at the talent and the perimeter. You look at the vertical speed down the field. You look at the playmaking ability. You look at all the different ways that you can be multiple…”
Yep, there’s no containing the excitement of these Colts right now.