On the gridiron, success goes hand in hand with grit.
“It’s a physical game, and they’re in the middle of it, they’re in the brunt of it,” said Colts Offensive Coordinator Nick Sirianni.
When you look at the Colts 2017 season, that physical drive seemed to be missing.
The team allowed the most sacks in the NFL, while putting up the lowest sack totals on defense in a decade – statistic that make the first few looks at the Blue and White’s physicality that much more important.
Veterans like tackle Jack Mewhort, who sat out of Saturday’s practice, seem optimistic.
“I was impressed with the way guys grinded through and played hard through the whistle, ran around and they were excited to be out here and it was good to see, it was good to see what I saw from the offensive line,” said Mewhort. “I’m proud of em, I wish I coulda been out there with them, and I think we have a good foundation going forward through training camp.”
Execution was a big issue for the Colts last season as well, with more than a handful of losses coming after the team led going into the fourth quarter. But errors are being addressed very early on this season.
“I thought it was a lot of execution errors, we gotta clean up a lot of things,” said Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus. “But that’s normal, guys get hyped up for the pads and they lose a little bit of execution so that’s been happening on every day one for the last 26 years that I’ve been coaching, so we’ll clean it up.”
Head Coach Frank Reich is encouraging an all-in mindset for the Colts, testing the depth of position groups and challenging the players to bring that grit to the field each and every day – a strategy the rest of the staff seem to be buying into.
“Coach Reich really pressed that to get a lot of the offense in early on, to throw a lot at them, to see how they handled it, to see who could handle it, and then it makes it easier to adjust so very excited with the direction Coach Reich put us in,” said Sirianni.
Training camp continues through Saturday, August 18th.