ANDERSON –Running back Mewelde Moore has played in 113 regular-season games in his eight previous NFL seasons.
Moore additionally has toiled in eight post-season games and helped win a world championship for Pittsburgh in 2008.
Moore is the most experienced back on the Colts' roster. The five other backs – Donald Brown, Vick Ballard, Delone Carter, Darren Evans and Deji Karim – have combined for 80 regular-season appearances. That number shrinks when subtracting 40 by Brown, while both appearances by Evans only were in special teams capacities.
Moore can speak from experience from another angle because of playing under Bruce Arians in Pittsburgh for the past four years. Now the Colts' offensive coordinator, Arians held the same role with the Steelers from 2007-11.
Moore was among 11 Colts who carried the ball against St. Louis in the club's 38-3 win on Sunday. The offense ran efficiently in its opener, and the grizzled veteran sounded like a coach in describing how the unit must proceed.
"We need to execute to be on all cylinders. By doing the right things, that's how the offense continues to get better," said Moore. "It is contagious, but it's one of those things where you have to make it a contagious effort. You have to go out there and do your job. There is no such thing as a letdown. We're not going to let time pass by. You're constantly drilling, constantly going, constantly pushing to get better, to do the right things, to execute and put points on the board."
Indianapolis executed from the outset against St. Louis when rookie quarterback Andrew Luck teamed with Brown on a 63-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage. The offense gained 430 net yards and 23 first downs, while converting 73 percent of third-down attempts. Among the first downs were nine via the rush, a total that exceeded that from any single game in 2011.
Moore thought the ground success was because of the line's blocking and runners being dedicated to sniffing out whatever yardage was available.
"Guys were punching the holes and hitting the seams," said Moore. "They were getting whatever they could get, the hidden yards, the unforeseen yards, the two or three yards and a cloud of dust. Everybody put the ball in the right place."
Ballard gained 28 yards on six rushes, including a 13-yard burst. Carter and Karim peeled off nine-yard efforts, as did Luck and rookie wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who gained his on a reverse.
Moore has seen the types of physical attacks the Colts want to create in 2012. He also has been around some explosive talents in his career, and he was impressed with Brown's run after the catch on the game-opening score for Indianapolis.
"Donald has good vision. He got great blocking down the field and made a guy miss," said Moore. "One guy overplayed it and left a backside seam. We all know when Donald gets in a seam, he can go.
"Shoot, I think he looked a little bit like Usain Bolt. I think he pulled up a bit down around the 20-yard line. Once he evaded the first tackle and came out of that backside, I had no doubt he was going to go."
Moore has seen new faces dot the offensive lineup, with some of those being fresh, rookie faces. He also played with a young Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh, and now he is observing Andrew Luck in Indianapolis. Both were tutored by Arians, and Moore likes what he sees in the Colts' new signal-caller.
"Andrew Luck is a guy who is very cerebral. He is a very smart kid," said Moore. "He can digest a lot of information in a small period of time and make the adjustments all at the same time.
"He's a special individual. He works hard. The sky is the limit, and that's great for the organization, the team and everybody around it."
The club's coaching staff hit the players with an aggressive indoctrination throughout the off-season. Information was introduced at a blistering pace, and it was up to the players to keep up.
Moore joined Indianapolis after the mandatory mid-June mini-camp, so he missed all of the teaching. Still, being around Arians, Moore knows the style. He appreciates the approach he has seen before.
"Through film, through study (he helps)," said Moore. "He knows what guys can do, what they do the best, what they need to work on. The beauty about Bruce is he doesn't give up on guys who always continue to be consistent in the things he asks them to do. He also pushes us to strive to be great.
"Guys are buying into that and they see it. It's good to be hitting on almost every cylinder from the beginning. Guys know what it takes and why we work so hard, why we put everything into (practices). We're going to continue to work and continue to get better."