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July 30, 2013

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Colts QB Luck embraces old-school attack

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Recent history suggests it just might.

The past two Super Bowl winners — the New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens — supported the big-play potential of their quarterbacks with efficient running games.

And efficiency will bae one of the keys to Hamilton’s scheme.

He’s not interested in raw numbers on passing attempts vs. rushing attempts. When he talks about balance, the first-year offensive coordinator is more concerned with how effective the running and passing games are.

Hamilton loves to talk about creating conflicts in opposing defenses, and the fastest means to that end is by keeping them at least somewhat in the dark about what you plan to do.

“I’m saying being effective at both of them, being able to run the football when it’s necessary but at the same time understanding that we got to make big plays in the passing game,” Hamilton said. “Our run game sets up our passing game, and vice versa.”

It’s a concept familiar to fans who watched Peyton Manning pick apart defenses with play-action passes during the heyday of Indianapolis’ “Triplets” era alongside wide receiver Marvin Harrison and running back Edgerrin James.

But this year’s Colts hope to come at it with a more physical approach. In place of some of the multiple-receiver sets fans have become accustomed to, there will be more use of the classic “I” formation.

“I think it’ll be a detailed, exact offense,” Luck said. “We have a fullback now as opposed to last year. That’ll be the biggest difference I think people notice. Personnel and formations change a little bit because of that. It’s still football. At the end of the day, football is football whether you’re [new Philadelphia Eagles coach] Chip Kelly of whatever offense you’re running. It’s football.”

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