Colts View Frank Gore As Their "Work-Horse Back"
Mar/24/15 09:23 PM Filed in: Frank Gore
ARIZONA - While Indianapolis Colts' head coach Chuck Pagano was in Arizona at the annual owner's meeting, he spoke to the media about some of the team's new free agent acquisitions. One of the consistent subjects of the questions was Frank Gore. Rightfully so, the team has struggled for many years running the football. Frank Gore seems to be the best running back that the team has had in what feels like a decade. Not only that, he fits exactly what Offensive Coordinator Pep Hamilton wants to run on offense.
Here is what Chuck Pagano said about Frank Gore taking the primary back role:
"Some guys are like that. Carry 1-20, they’re OK. And 20-30, they keep getting better as you wear defenses down. And I think Frank is that type of runner. He’s a tough, hard-nosed, every-down back. He can play all three downs. He’s a great protector in pass pro. He catches the ball out of the backfield. We all know what he can do as a runner on early downs. He loves football."
I agree with everything that Chuck Pagano said. He is a very physical runner out of the backfield, is a good receiving back, great pass blocker, and gives it his all every down. His versatile skill set will allow for the Colts to use him in basically any situation that he is not fatigued. With these comments, it seems that the Colts won't be making running back a priority in the NFL Draft this year. That's expected, they have their answer at running back for the next two seasons. Besides, there are larger needs than the running back position, especially on the defensive side of the ball.