Dear Pep Hamilton,
Alright. I’m coming around. This Stanford/No Coast/Score First offense (or whatever we’re calling it these days) has really been a struggle for Colts fans.
I have to admit, I am a fan of pretty football. I love a long, beautiful spiral. I get turned on by a laser-sharp pass. And nothing gets me more excited than a good old fashioned shootout.
You have to understand, many Indianapolis fans grew up watching Peyton Manning play quarterback for the Colts. Others, myself included, fell in love with the Colts watching Peyton Manning throw the football. It was pretty hard not to fall in love with the Peyton Manning offense. It was a pass-happy, quarterback-driven football fantasy that played out for us every week and left us gasping and screaming for more. We were totally smitten with it.
It had its drawbacks of course, like on the rare occasion when said quarterback didn’t play well (usually reserved for big games). But other than that, it worked out pretty well for us.
And then came Andrew Luck. Peyton Manning 2.0. Not only could he throw, but he could run too! Who needed a running game? Let’s just draft a stable of wide receivers, let Andrew Luck air it out every week, and we’ll ride that horse all the way back to the Super Bowl! Or, so we thought…
Until you came along. And decided the Colts needed a “power running game.” Which really confused us. Why run the ball when you’re so good at throwing it?
Well, gradually we’ve come to see the benefit of a running game. It’s a nice option to have, and not only when all else fails. Balance may not be exciting, but it is necessary. Especially if you want to win football games.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, we can work with this. We may not love it, but we can adjust. Just try to be patient with us. We didn’t all go to Stanford, you know. Many of the players you coach are probably much smarter than me (and the Colts may be the only team I would say that about).
But every once in a while, throw us a bone…and let Andrew Luck throw a bomb.
Just for fun.
Thanks for understanding.