Why Arians slowed down his no-huddle

August, 27, 2012
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As the Indianapolis Colts have installed their offense with Andrew Luck at quarterback, any issues regarding how much and how soon have not revolved around the rookie quarterback.

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“He can handle the entire playbook and no huddle, everything,” offensive coordinator Bruce Arians told Dan Pompei of the National Football Post. “We’ve been taking baby steps with the no huddle part of it because of the rest of the guys. I have to watch myself. I fall into this trap with a smart quarterback, go head over heels, putting stuff in.

"The rest of the coaches say, ‘Hey coach, my guys can’t learn that. You have to slow down man.’ We can’t judge it off him because his learning curve is so fast. I have to judge it off the tight ends and receivers and running backs so we don’t get the quarterback killed.”

Just because Luck can take things on at an accelerated pace, doesn’t mean the guys around him can. And those are the guys who set the pace.

During Norm Chow’s brief stint as the Titans offensive coordinator, I had a conversation with him about this sort of thing.

He said one challenge in the meeting room, perhaps the biggest challenge, is installing stuff only as fast as the slowest guy can really get it, while not boring the fastest guy.

It sounds like that’s what Arians has reminded himself to do with the Colts’ no-huddle.

To whatever degree all the Colts have it down, the next question is how much they want to use it.

It serves to set a pace and create favorable matchups by not allowing the defense to substitute. But it also prevents Indianapolis from altering its own personnel and serves to get the Colts more snaps -- something they won’t always necessarily want depending on the shape of a game.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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