There was no hesitation in Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians’ voice when asked what he looks for out of his running backs.
“Physicality,” Arians said on Saturday.
All it took was one word and Arians made it clear that the Colts will be a running team built on power this season.
“We want to be able to run the football when we want to run the football. There aren’t any numbers, every game dictates different numbers. But when we want to run it, we want to be able to run it, and be able to be physical.”
Arians talked about taking an ‘old school football’ approach to running the football and he has multiple backs at his disposal this training camp.
A familiar face to Arians, but not to Colts fans is newly signed running back Mewelde Moore.
The last four seasons Arians and Moore were together with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Moore knows the importance of paying attention to detail with Arians.
“It’s all about getting focused making sure we’re on the same page and just doing everything we are asked to do, what coach requires of us to do, make sure we are assignment sharp,” Moore said.
Moore, a nine-year NFL veteran, was signed by the Colts on June 19, so this is his first practice action he has had with his new teammates.
“I’m still learning names and still trying to figure out all the guys and everything but for the most part I feel comfortable,” Moore said. “It feels like family to me and I’m just really focused that I do my part.”
With nine years of experience in the NFL, Moore has more years in the league than the other four Colts running backs have combined.
Returning leading rusher Donald Brown is entering his fourth season with the Colts and said he is looking forward to getting back to a power running game.
“I love the system. Just some downhill, smash mouth running,” Brown said. “That’s what I’m comfortable with, that’s what I’m excited about.”
Coach Chuck Pagano called Brown the ‘bell cow’ of the backfield during mini-camp but even Brown knows a successful running game is anything but a one-person job.
“We have a great backfield right now, guys that bring many different things to the table. It’s going to be a great year.”
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