Richards: Andrew Luck and Indianapolis Colts No-Huddle a Perfect Fit

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In his Been Meaning to Tell You  Blog on, Phil Richards talks about Andrew Luck and the awesomeness that is the No-Huddle, pointing out that the the Colts ran an astounding 96 offensive plays on Sunday.    Richards cautions us against expecting to see the Indianapolis employing the hurry-up all the time with a quote from Bruce Arians:

“Now taking that on the road with a very young team is going to be a great challenge because the communication level is not as easy and there’s room for error. It only takes one guy not to get the right code word or the snap count and ruin a pretty good situation for you.

“We’ll be very careful how we use it, when we use it and how much we use it.”

My take:

I love the no-huddle offense.  As was a young Colts fan, I marveled at Jim Kelly and the Bills offense as they scorched our defense twice a year (back when Indianapolis was in the AFC East).  I watched as Manning, Harrison, and James broke record after record, blazing up and down the field, always a step ahead, always outsmarting the defense.  I briefly wondered if we would ever see the entertaining hurry-up offense again in Indy before the new coaching staff took shape. So, needless to say, I was as delighted as Donald Brown doing a “discount double check” when I saw our Colts come out of the gate running the no-huddle. 

This type of offense is gaining popularity as many coaches are realizing the benefits of taking the shackles off a smart quarterback and letting him call some plays outweigh the blow to their ego that comes with giving the quarterback more control.  Many would like us to believe New England invented the no-huddle as standard offense out of thin air sometime last year.  It’s actually believed by many to have originated with Sam Wyche’s Bengals in the 1980’s.  Wherever it came from, I’m glad to see the no-huddle back in Indy.