Indianapolis Colts 2013 Season Preview: Why the Pistol Formation Will Be Key

July 5, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

A fad is a fad for a reason, so why not use it?
That seems like new Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton's attitude toward the pistol formation, which he has publicly stated that the Colts will use occasionally this season, according to SB Nation's Brad Wells.
Teams with dual-threat quarterbacks, most notably the Washington Redskins, the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks, have successfully started using read-option formations like the pistol to utilize their quarterbacks' running abilities.
Andrew Luck's athleticism does rival the athleticism of Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson, but the Colts refused to run any read-option plays in favor of a downfield passing attack. The deep throws forced Luck slightly out of his comfort zone, but you wouldn't be able to tell from the Colts' 11-5 record or Luck's composure during games.
Now that Hamilton has arrived, the Colts plan to use "West Coast principles" in their offense, ...

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