Since the super bowl everybody has their attention focused on many different things.
There's plenty of draft talk, and rightfully so. There's a lot of talking about the lockout and the current CBA as well.
This isn't about either of those things.
This article is about the obvious need to fix our defense, and how to go about doing that. There are plenty ways we can "improve" our defense, but what is improvement really? Taking a pretty bad defense and turning it into an average defense isn't my idea of improvement. Nobody wants to be average. We want to be special. We want to be dominant. I personally feel like we have the bodies to have a great defense.
We just need to use our players in different ways. We HAVE to maximize our players strengths, and we HAVE to limit their weaknesses. We just need to make a few simple changes.
How to transform the defense after the jump.
1. Blitz More/Mix Up Coverages
- One thing I noticed when the Colt's went to the super bowl in 2009 is that their defense was very underrated and in my opinion played very well. In fact I believe we lead the league in points per game for a few weeks, and we ended up finishing pretty high in that stat. Anyway the other thing I noticed is that in crunch time in critical situations we didn't just sit back, and let the offense dictate us. We put pressure on the quarterback. We pressured him, we hit him, and we were relentless. Our defense is very fast, and I feel like when we blitz it is to our advantage. It seemed to me that every time we blitzed the pass was incomplete, or the run was stuffed. If you can't remember a time, then just ask Tom Brady. I'm sure he remembers 4th and 2. We didn't just sit back and let him pick us apart. We blitzed and made him feel uncomfortable. The pass was incomplete and we ended up winning the game. If you blitz more teams start to respect it. Then you can start fake blitzing. You can confuse opposing offenses that way, and it really benefits the defense. We can have players close to the line, some dropping back into coverages, and some blitzing. I know this sounds kind of like a 3-4 defense to everybody, but it's what gets the job done. Everybody knows the Colts don't blitz (even though we have been more than usual under Larry Coyer). We just need to mix it up a little more on defense and not play the same old Cover 2 shell.
2. Corners Jam Receivers
- So Indianapolis has in my opinion the best pass rushing combination in the game. Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are both all pro players. There numbers could sky rocket if we played how we should. One thing that kills me is seeing our corners playing ten yards off the receiver when the quarterback has two seconds to throw the ball. Every play our pass rushers are bringing everything they have. The consistently put pressure on the quarterback, but our corners are so far off the receiver it's an easy completion every time. If we had up in your face, physical corners we could really have something special. If our corners could just stall the play for a second, that's a second the quarterback has to wait, and an extra second our defensive ends have to sack him. How do you expect anybody to sack anything if the quarterback can dump it off every single play. The cornerbacks on the Indianapolis Colts team have to be jamming the receiver, and I swear our defense will instantly be better. The problem with this is that we've been playing an off, cover 2 system for as long as I can remember, and I don't know if that will ever change.
- There a couple things with this. For one, just get it over with already. Find a defensive tackle in the draft. This isn't an article meant to hurt anybody's feelings, that's not what this is about, but I don't think there is a worse defensive tackle in the game than Dan Muir. He's a great guy or whatever, but the man can't play. Look at last years playoff game. Antonio Johnson couldn't start so Dan Muir had to fill in. The Jet's destroyed us on the ground, and we were riding a four game streak of stopping anything moving on the ground. So I guess you could say I am all for finding a defensive tackle in, maybe not this years draft, but one in the near future. We've needed one forever, and we should stop wanting a defensive tackle. We should just get a defensive tackle. I know Fili Moala, and Antonio Johnson are coming around, but are they the answer? Are either of those players the caliber of players we want starting on our team. We need a stud defensive tackle, and boy oh boy would that open things up for Freeney/Mathis, and our linebackers as well. Also, besides drafting a defensive tackle, we need some bigger, more physical bodies on our team. We need to draft durable, physical players. Half of our defense can't be on IR, and then we expect to win games. We need guys who will last a whole season. I love the fact that our guys are speedy and very intelligent, but is that enough? I think we need durable, physical, bigger bodies on our defense and we might see a drastic improvement.
- Mindset!!! I'm not sure if this would exactly help our defense, but it's something I would love to see. Defensive players are supposed to have a certain mindset. That being that the opponent is the enemy, and we have to defend our territory. We have to go knock players heads off. We have to 'hunt' as Ray Lewis would say. We have to make sure that the opponent doesn't move a yard, and if they do they'll be feelin' it in the morning. This is our field, and anybody else who walks on it will pay. If our defense had a mean, nasty, tough guy mindset like that, I would just be so pleased.
Anyway, that's how to fix the Colts defense for dummies.
We could be way better than we are now.
Players just have to notice these things, coaches have to notice these things, and maybe we can finally start being respected around the NFL as a great defensive team, as well as an amazing offensive team.
I'm a 16 year old boy, and I notice these things. Why can't the coaches? It's probably not as easy as I'm making it sound, but something needs to be done.
Maybe they should hire me as defensive coordinator.
Yeah that's it, a 16 year old defensive coordinator in charge of a bunch of professional athletes, who are all twice as big as me.
I can't see that working, but something should be done, and done fast.
Rec'd if you liked it, and as always.....