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Sep 11, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (11) makes a reception during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Pittman Positions Himself As A Leader For Steichen

Indianapolis WR Michael Pittman thinks the Colts can resurrect their offense quickly under new head coach Shane Steichen.

Last season Indy was 26th in the NFL in total offense with 311.6 yards per game. They were also tied for 31st in scoring with 17.0 points per game.

2021 rushing champion running back Jonathan Taylor suffered with ankle injuries throughout the season. Additionally, the Colts had three starting quarterbacks in a season when their OC and head coach were fired midseason.

 

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Amidst all that, Michael Pittman managed to produce consistently, leading the team with 99 receptions, 925 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns.

Steichen is a 37-year-old rookie head coach, but one with a track record of getting offenses to play well. In each of his two seasons with the Eagles he produced a top-five rushing offense. He played a vital role in Jalen Hurts’ career and made the Super Bowl with Philly.

Michael Pittman says the Colts are already similar to the Eagles and should thrive under Steichen. 

“They basically ran the same plays because they come from the same strain as our offense,” Pittman said.

“So really, I mean, it just helps us start fast because we really don’t have to learn a whole new playbook now. There might be a couple small things, but I think that we should be able to pick up and play fast and we will really see that transition during camp, which will help us start fast and hopefully we start the season fast and everything just takes off from there.”

 

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“That’s something that I look forward to and something that I’m really trying to take seriously; leading those guys and showing them what’s what and (how) we’re going to do things this way and do it right,” Pittman said. “But I can’t take credit for what they’ve done. For what they do, they work hard. You saw Jelani (Woods) kind of take off, you saw Alec (Pierce) and those young guys are putting in their own work. I just kind of try and lead them straight but everything that they do is what they’ve done.”

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