When Peyton Manning was let go by the Indianapolis Colts you had to know that the culture of the team was going to change. When the team hired a defensive coordinator for its next head coach it became even more evident. If you still had any doubts than one of the team's recent signings should count as further proof.
On Monday the team cut former Hampton Pirates QB David Legree in order to make room for veteran running back Mewelde Moore.
So why do I think that move is such a big deal? Moore has had some success as a primary back, but the primary role he has served throughout his career has been a ground and pound, change of pace 3rd down back.
The Colts have not had something like him in a long, long time. They have pretty much been a team that was going to throw, throw, and throw some more. Down and distance didn't matter--they were a throwing team.
More teams are putting an emphasis on the running game lately. Slowly but surely I'd say that the ground game is coming back in style even. Passing well can help a team overcome any deficit not to mention build a tremendous lead quickly too. However, while there is value in scoring quickly, there is something to be said for ball control.
A team can't score if it doesn't have the ball.
The only problem I could see here is the rest of the running backs the team has. I can't say that I'm a big Donald Brown fan, but maybe with some of the workload being handed to Moore or Delone Carter he could become more of a weapon.
With a rookie QB behind center for the season a solid running game is going to be vital to not only success, but the health of Andrew Luck. Signing Mewelde Moore is a step in the right direction. Now if the offensive line can open some holes...