Caldwell pleased with Fili Moala this off-season

Interesting little bulletin in yet another John Oehser article for Colts.com:

Caldwell said defensive tackle Fili Moala, who played sparingly as a rookie last season, could be a player who improves significantly in the off-season. "He has strength and explosion," Caldwell said. "We have to bring those things out and see those snap after snap. Often, if a guy's thinking about his assignments and focusing in on those things, he gets a little tunnel-visioned. More often than not, you don't get the opportunity to see his natural ability. That's where he was last year. He was learning so much that we didn't get an opportunity to see him at his best. We anticipate he's going to be one of those guys who's going to be able to come forward and give us some help."

I personally have not been sold on Fili, and with Antonio Johnson, Daniel Muir, and Eric Foster ahead of him on the depth chart, I've wondered how much of a contribution he is going to give to the 2010 Colts. Factor in that the Colts seem to have big plans for defensive tackle Ricardo Mathews and Fili's job status gets even more murky.

However, when the head coach is singling you out by giving you props, it's a good sign. And after living through the defensive tackle nightmares displayed during the 2006 and 2008 seasons, I am certainly not going to get upset if the fourth string tackle is showing significant improvement in the yes of the head coach.

There are other tidbits in the article worth noting, such as Caldwell discussing how the Colts may use Jerry Hughes and the off-season progression of Austin Collie.

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