Chuck Pagano: Donald Brown is an Every-Down Back
The Indianapolis Colts recently made the decision of signing Mewelde Moore, which brought questions if he would help in the team’s rotation of running backs that also features Donald Brown, Delone Carter, Vick Ballard and Darren Evans. How would everything work? Or will Indianapolis go with their one-two punch of Brown and Carter that they used last season when Joseph Addai got injured?
According to the Indianapolis Star, it seems like the team’s main guy will in fact be Brown. Brown had a career-best 645 rushing yards along with 4.8 yards per carry, showing he can probably be the team’s main guy for this season. According to head coach Chuck Pagano, Brown is capable of playing every down.
“Donald is an every down back,” Pagano said. “He is doing a tremendous job and he is having a fantastic offseason. He understands, especially on third down as far as protections go and all of those things. Nothing is going to be more important than protections.”
The Colts have been looking for a new starting running back ever since they released Addai, as Indianapolis went in a new direction of rebuilding the team. Brown showed some good flashes that he was worth being the team’s first-round pick back in 2009. The Colts are looking to have a stronger run game after having one of the worsts in the league for the past few years.
“I think we have a great corps of running backs,” Brown said. “Everyone brings something different to the table but that’s what we need. The offense needs as many weapons as possible and that’s what makes us better.”
Brown first showed signs he could be the guy back in the 2010-11 season. With a game that ultimately decided if Indianapolis could make the playoffs against Jacksonville on December 19, 2010, Brown stepped up his game as he ran for 129 yards off of only 14 carries, including a 49-yard touchdown that helped them win the game.
Brown then helped the Colts get their first victory last season, having an 80-yard touchdown that gave them the 27-13 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Brown had 161 yards off 16 carries.
Brown has shown flashes and if he can do all of that for next season, he can really be something in his fourth season now. And with Carter, who was also very good last year, Indianapolis could finally have a consistent run game.