Throughout the course of the season, Colts.com will run a “Newcomer of the Week” following each regular season game. With the Colts having an influx of the newcomers this season here’s a look at the “Newcomer of the Week” from Tennessee.
This week’s “Newcomer of the Week” comes in a combo effort on the Colts offensive line.
Free agent right tackle Gosder Cherilus and rookie left guard Hugh Thornton helped pave the way for a 137-yard effort on 32 carries Thursday night.
The Colts are now 11-0 when rushing at least 30 times since the beginning of the 2012 season.
Chuck Pagano summed it up pretty directly when describing the offensive line’s mindset heading into Nashville.
“They took this personal,” Pagano said of the offensive line.
For a majority of the season, the Colts offensive line has been under heavy scrutiny.
Offensive Coordinator Pep Hamilton has not wavered in his belief of the Colts rushing attack and games like Thursday night are the reason why he has faith in the ground game.
The unit helped pave massive holes in the second half with the Colts rushing for over 100 yards for the seventh time this season.
“What a great job up front by the o-linemen,” quarterback Andrew Luck said after the game. “Staney Havili, the tight ends, Trent [Richardson] and Donald [Brown] getting tough, tough yards. We know to win football games consistently we are going to have to run the football well. We did a decent job in the first half. I think the game sort of dictated that we couldn’t run it as much as we wanted, but I think it was great to settle down and to get points at the end of the half and to start the second half with points was big.
“To get that run game going, and that last drive, what a great job. It’s tough in the fourth quarter for o-linemen when you continually pound and pound and pull and block and hit. They did a heck of a job.
Other Newcomers of Note:
–Running back Daniel Herron was in the right place at the right time when he pounced on a fumbled kickoff return midway through the third quarter. The turnover gave the Colts the ball at the Titans 20-yard line.
–Outside linebacker Erik Walden bounced back from a foolish first half penalty to record four tackles (two for a loss) and had a sack of Ryan Fitzpatrick.
–Defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois sniffed out a second-half screen pass for a tackle for loss, which forced a Titans field goal attempt.
Tags: Andrew Luck, Daniel Herron, donald brown, erik walden, gosder cherilus, Hugh Thornton, Ricky Jean-Francois, Stanley Havili, trent richardson
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