This Sunday Colts fans got their long-awaited look at Vick Ballard who started in place of the injured Donald Brown. Fans have routinely panned Donald Brown and Joe Addai before him for their lack of productivity. Ballard's approach is very powerful in contrast to the slashing style favored by both Brown and Addai. Naturally fans assumed this would lead to a better run game between the tackles.
It didn't: Ballard carried the ball eight times for 25 yards. He averaged a measley 3.1 yards per carry while busting a long run of five yards, both well below Brown's year so far.
So what gives? Is Brown better than Ballard? Is the Colts offensive line that bad? Are the Jets the second coming of the 2000 Ravens?
The answers were found in the game film of course.
First, Ballard had a decent day despite what the stats say. It's debatable if that means he's better or worse than Donald Brown but one thing is evident: the coaching staff has given up on the right side of ...