What does Huey's exit mean for Colts?

January, 18, 2011
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The Colts will head into the 2011 season with a new running backs coach.

Gene Huey, who’s been with the franchise for 19 years, confirmed the news to the Indianapolis Star.

We don’t know what went on behind the scenes here or if other changes are to come.

While the 63-year old Huey helped develop Marshall Faulk, Edgerrin James and Joseph Addai, the run game has too often not served to supplement Peyton Manning and the pass offense.

Donald Brown, the first-rounder from 2008, has not developed into much of a threat. But I felt the Colts got reasonable work out several backs when they were healthy including Addai, Mike Hart and late addition Dominic Rhodes. Those three all averaged at least 4.3 yards a carry.

The line, more than the backs, has been the issue.

Bill Polian conceded this season that the team erred in its assessment of Rodger Saffold, the tackle who was solid for the Rams. The Colts passed on Saffold in favor of defensive end Jerry Hughes, a virtual non-contributor whose effort on a crucial kick return in the Colts' playoff loss to the Jets should be a major concern.

Huey’s been a loyal part of a culture that’s produced great success for the Colts.

It’s a cliché but correct to say that only time will tell us if his departure is part of broader changes that produce results or if he's some sort of sacrificial scapegoat.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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