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ANDERSON, Ind. -- The moment Colts running backs coach Jemal Singleton hears the word numbers, he winces and shakes his head.He knows whats coming next: A question about Indys seemingly endless running woes.Yes, again, the Colts enter a season trying to prove they can run the ball efficiently and effectively enough to end their long streak without a 1,000-yard rusher and another incredible drought without a 100-yard game.Of course, were aware of it, said Singleton, who is in his first NFL season. Its really a challenge as a group.The challenge has been years in the making.Even after the Colts took Andrew Luck with the top overall draft pick in 2012, coach Chuck Pagano expressed a desire to create a balanced offense to help alleviate the burden on his quarterback. But Indy has never really come close to Paganos goal.Indy has thrown for 72.8 percent of its total yards and scored nearly 75 percent of its offensive touchdowns through the air over the past four seasons. On the ground, the Colts have had a different rushing leader in each of Lucks first four seasons and the only one still around is 33-year-old Frank Gore.Since Joseph Addai ran for 1,072 yards in 2007, only one Indy player has topped the 850-yard mark. And nobody is more frustrated with all the talk than Gore, who finished last season with 967 yards behind one of the leagues poorest offensive lines.Im not going to be over it until I do it, Gore said after falling just short of a fifth straight 1,000-yard season. Ive been blessed they kept me to get the opportunity to do it again, to go after my goals again, to be the one to get the 100 yards that they didnt have in years, to get that 1,000-plus yards, to have the opportunity when its playoff time, when its time to get down and dirty.Only one team, New Orleans, has gone longer without a 1,000-yard runner. Deuce McAlister last did it in 2006.Miamis 17-year streak from 1979-95 is the longest since the AFL-NFL merger, though the Saints are already in the top 10 and the Colts will join them there if they fall short in 2016.The more telling stat may be that the Colts have had only one 100-yard game since the Luck era began: Vick Ballards 105-yard performance Houston on Dec. 16, 2012. That 50-game drought is tied for No. 5 since 1960 and is the longest since Cincinnati ended a 67-game streak in 1997.But Indy didnt exactly spend much time or money stocking the backfield during the offseason.While they kept Gore and signed free agent power backs Robert Turbin and Jordan Todman, the only other significant addition might be Josh Ferguson, an undrafted rookie. The Colts also avoided the temptation of revamping their offensive line through free agency and instead used four of their eight draft picks on offensive linemen, including center Ryan Kelly, the No. 18 pick overall.Luck believes those changes and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinskis new system will finally get the Colts running game off the ground in 2016.Why does it need to be better? A balanced offense, I think, is a more potent offense and gives us a better chance to put points on the board, Luck said. Why will it be better? Because were going to work at it.Again, Pagano again is emphasizing the need for a stronger ground game at training camp.The Colts look like they have already decided to have Gore line up behind a line consisting of Anthony Castonzo at left tackle, Jack Mewhort at left guard, Kelly, Denzelle Good at right guard and Joe Reitz at right tackle.If the injured Kelly returns from an injured left shoulder and plays Sunday night against Green Bay, the annual Hall of Fame game could be Indys first real glimpse of this new-look offense.But the Colts have focused more on cleaning up the errors than running the numbers.Whether we have a 1,000-yard rusher or a 100-yard rusher, thats not what matters, Singleton said. The only number that really matters is whether you win the game.---Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/AP-NFL Custom Edgar Martinez Jersey . -- Team after team passed on Andre Ellington in the draft. Wholesale Custom Mariners Shirts . 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Essendons run of player signings has continued with stand-in skipper Brendon Goddard the latest Bomber to agree to a new AFL deal.Goddard will continue his 288-game career next season after agreeing to a one-year contract extension on Thursday.The 31-year-old joins Michael Hurley, Ben Howlett, Brent Stanton and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti in signing a new deal in the past fortnight.As a club weve made great inroads this year, Im excited about heading into my fifth season at Essendon, and I couldnt see myself playing anywhere else, Goddard said.Being reunited with our teammates in the coming months and the talent that has emerged this season fills me with great ooptimism about 2017.ddddddddddddWe still have plenty of hard work ahead of us but this playing group has incredible drive and ambition.Of the 12 Bombers currently serving doping bans, club captain Jobe Watson and Tayte Pears are the only players yet to announce their intentions for next season.Dyson Heppell, Tom Bellchambers, Cale Hooker, Heath Hocking, Travis Colyer, David Myers, Hurley, Howlett and Stanton have all re-committed to the club.Michael Hibberd has requested a trade and has been strongly linked with a move to Melbourne. 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