After drafting two top-tier tight ends the Colts are widely-viewed as perhaps moving towards a Patriots-style offense. We all know the Colts loved to run two tight-ends in Manning's early career so there is a precedent for that preference.
Matt Bowen at the National Football Post has an excellent series in which he explains some of these concepts including the Patriots two-tight end, three wideout formation with the widely lauded "smash 7" route package:
Start with the personnel and the alignment. This is nothing more than a “slot open” formation (3 WRs to the open side), but the alignment of Hernandez will impact the pre-snap adjustments for the secondary. The defense has to treat Hernandez as the RB (or “R”). But I can tell you that whenever a receiver is aligned in the backfield, it causes confusion from a defensive perspective.
That's where the confusion begins. You'll note that both Hernandez and Gronkowski are aligned on the strong side of the field with Hernandez in the ba...