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A Look at the Indianapolis Colts’ Playbook and 2009 Adjustments

Published by on May 22, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts

Extensive changes to the Colts' coaching staff have captured all the headlines recently, but the most important changes may be the differences in personnel on the field. The team lost long-time staple Marvin Harrison, who has lined up on the right side of the formation for Peyton Manning's entire pro career. The team also let running back Dominic Rhodes leave in free agency and drafted a replacement in the first round. How will these changes affect the teams' usage of their favorite formations and go-to plays? Perhaps the most accurate presage of the 2009 Colts' offense came in week 16 last season, in a match-up with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Marvin Harrison sat out this game due to injury, and Indianapolis frequently used a two wide receiver look with tight end Dallas Clark flexed out in the slot. If the Colts' aren't able to develop Pierre Garcon or fourth-round draft pick Austin Collie into a reliable third receiver, we could see a lot more of this formation in 2009. Examinin...

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