The Indianapolis Colts are heading into what is expected to be a very entertaining and exciting 2015 season, and they have made some big additions to their roster already this offseason. Frank Gore is one of the biggest additions that they have made, and the Colts are hoping that he can be the answer to a major need at the running back position.
Last season was an absolute disaster for the Colts on the ground, and it was part of their eventual downfall to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. Trent Richardson was unable to turn his career around, and finished up his Colts’ career as a major bust and a waste of a first round pick after being acquired by the Cleveland Browns two years ago. Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard were expected to be key contributors but went down with injuries.
Dan “Boom” Herron was the only bright spot for the Colts on the ground, but he simply isn’t the type of dynamic running back that can make a major impact as a starter. That led the Colts to giving Gore a three-year, $12 million contract.
So the question then becomes, can Gore be the answer that the Colts are looking for at the running back position?
Throughout his 10-year NFL career, Gore has run for over 1,000 yards in all but two seasons. He has only missed 13 games in his entire career, and is the type of dependable back that Indianapolis was looking to sign. Not only is he an excellent running back as far as his personal stats go, he is also known as an excellent blocking back which will help protect franchise quarterback Andrew Luck.
Needless to say, the easy answer to this question is that Gore is exactly the type of answer the Colts needed to find. They haven’t had a consistent running back that would put up big numbers each and every week since Edgerrin James left town, but that is now fixed. Gore may only have a few seasons left in his career before he calls it quits, but those three years are going to be very consistent production for the Colts.
At 31 years old, Gore will also bring excellent veteran leadership to the table. That is an underrated thing to have for the very young Colts’ roster, and will be a major key for them when the playoffs roll around.
Indianapolis is expected to be a legitimate championship contender, but they are going to need a big season from their new running back. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has to be excited about finally having the ability to run the football as effectively as he can pass it. Luck is going to have much more success now that defenses have to respect the ground game as well.
Expect to see Gore come through with a big season for the Colts, and to see him live up to the hype of being the savior of the Indianapolis ground attack.