After a complete collapse in the AFC semifinal matchup against the Patriots, the Indianapolis Colts made it a priority to revamp their roster for the 2015 season. Offseason signings of wide receiver Andre Johnson and defensive ends Trent Cole and Kendall Langford, have the hype train stationed in Indy. But no move has created more buzz for the Colts than the acquisition of running back Frank Gore.
This is the first time in Gore’s career he won’t wear a 49ers uniform and you can bet your last dollar he’s happy to put on the blue and white. After speculation that Gore was going to the Eagles, he jumped ship to go play with Andrew Luck. Now the Colts hope they can count on Gore to jump start a flat running game.
In 48 starts for Andrew Luck, an Indy running back has managed a 100-yard rushing game just once. In the carousel that involved the injury-prone Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard, and the underwhelming Trent Richardson, no back has been successfully able to carry the load long term. Enter the Bell Cow.
Gore has played in all 16 games for the past four seasons, accumulating 1,100 or more yards every year, but his age is a serious concern. With Luck under center, defenses will have to pick their poison on which aspect of the Colt’s offense they want to contain. If defenders load the box, Luck will throw for 300 yards every contest. If the defense sits back in nickel formation, Gore could gash opposing defenses for 100 yards and a touchdown.
Gore trains harder than any other back in the offseason and is always ready to play. If he stays healthy, he will undoubtedly be a focal point to this offense and just as vital to the team’s success as Andrew Luck.