With installing a new hybrid 3-4 defense this offseason, head coach Chuck Pagano and his staff made three acquisitions to the unit who were familiar with the scheme.
Defensive end Cory Redding, defensive tackle Brandon McKinney and safety Tom Zbikowski all had experience with the defense and therefore can quicken the learning curve for some of the players who aren’t as accustomed to the system.
Flip over to the other side of the ball and that comfort level with players knowing offensive coordinator Bruce Arians’ offense prior to this offseason didn’t exist during minicamps.
That all changed on June 19, when former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Mewelde Moore signed with the Colts.
“I’ve been with (Bruce Arians) for four years now, well five years now,” Moore said. “He knows how to put us in a position to win. It’s all about us making sure that we do our assignments. So that’s what we’re working on is making sure we’re getting into our details, just making sure we know exactly what we’re doing.”
Moore has been used for a variety of roles in the Steelers backfield the last four years and said he feels more than comfortable in this offense.
“I feel real good about everything and continue to work and put in the time into the playbook. Getting to know it, getting that chemistry and making sure we’re building that camaraderie, doing it in a healthy family type situation,” Moore said.
What Moore does know from years in the offense should help his learning in curve in getting to know his teammates after not being with the Colts during OTAs and minicamp.
It remains to be seen what role the nine-year NFL veteran will play but head coach Chuck Pagano has said before that more than one running back will be counted on during the season.
Getting a rapport with quarterback Andrew Luck has been crucial for Moore this training camp. Luck has earned high praise from his coaches and teammates with his knowledge of the playbook.
Now it’s time for the one who has been in this system the last four years to form a relationship with his quarterback.
“We’re communicating on the field so it’s good that he pretty much knows what’s going on in the playbook already,” Moore said of Luck. “It’s one of those things where we just got to continue to work on doing all the little things and getting better.”
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