Chris Brown has a really fascinating post up at Smart Football on the Colts offense in the Tom Moore / Peyton Manning era. Moore was the Offensive Coordinator and Manning was the QB (for those who have only been football fans for the last 37 minutes). The Colts believed in a simple playbook. They mastered basic plays rather than relying on trickery.
Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg too often seem to want the perfect play. I believe much more in the Moore way of doing things…let’s perfect what we do. As Brown points out, it is easy to run a simple offense based on perfection when you have elite skill players and one of the greatest QBs of all time. With Mike McMahon, Ryan Moats, Stephen Spach and Darnerian McCants on the field…you might need some ninja-like trick plays. Smoke bombs work great for getting receivers open.
Toward the bottom of Brown’s post he covers the Colts running game. This is of special interest to us. Howard Mudd was the O-line coach for those Colts teams. We use the blocking schemes that they did. We use the stretch play that they did. If you want an idea of blocking assingments, go check out the post.
The passing plays are somewhat complex and won’t be for everyone. The running game stuff is covered in a more simplistic fashion.