While Colts running back Joseph Addai, a two-time 1,000-yard rusher, is the team’s unquestioned starter, HC Jim Caldwell said he plans to utilize a second back to assist the team’s ground game.
“Looking back at our history, it has always been a part of what we’ve done,” Caldwell said of using two running backs. “The years when we’ve been really effective, we’ve had someone who could take a little load off of the guy who was carrying it a majority of the time.”
“When (Edgerrin James) was here, Dominic (Rhodes) sort of helped him with that part of the game, and Joseph and ‘Dom’ teamed together and worked well. We anticipate the same thing will happen with the backs we have present as well.”
The most likely candidate to aid Addai in the backfield is first-round draft pick Donald Brown, a rookie out of Connecticut who led college football in rushing last year with 2,083 yards. Caldwell said there is no set formula for how Addai and Brown would split carries and expects the strategy to change from week to week.