After last week's impressive win over the Jags, the Colts are (finally) turning some heads and getting some respect from the mainstream media. You know, the same guys who thought we were the equivalent of an "expansion team?" Just goes to show you can't listen to the so called "gurus" out there no matter how much they get paid. I said from the beginning that this year's Colts team would suprise a lot of people and made my assumptions based off of knowing Andrew Luck was gonna be a star right out of the gate as well as the addition of Grigson as the team's new GM. Hiring coach Pagano was the icing on the cake.
As we head into the half way mark of the season, the good news for Colts fans is that the defense is getting healthy just at the right time. Darius Butler looks like another free agent gem brought in by the front office after causing three turnovers against the Jags. That being said, there seems to be a perception that since Butler is getting the starting nod for this week's contest against the Pats, that he is going to take someone's job. Some on here have suggested that Vontae Davis is a "bust" and have made this ridiculous claim off of his recent rash of injuries coupled with his performance in the Chicago game. Never mind the fact that when Freeney went out the Colt's pass rush went with him. These are unfair and biased claims that come from Colts fans who are not true students of the game. They are making assumptions off of looking at a glass that's only "half full." To set the record straight, when healthy, Vontae Davis is our best corner by far. In fact, he's the closest thing to Ray Bucannon this team has had in years outside of Tim Jennings and Jonathan Joseph. This will all be proven when Mathis as well as the addition of Josh Chapman to the lineup are all on the field together. If you look at the history of all the great corners in this league, all of them play for teams that have the ability to pressure the QB consistently. The Colts have the corners to cover anybody in the league so long as they have a pass rush that can apply pressure constantly. If Butler should take anyone's job, it should be Power's.
I have always liked Powers more as a slot CB vs an outside corner. He just doesn't have the speed to stick with the burners of the league. He also doesn't have the size needed for press coverage. If you don't have the speed to play outside then you at least need the physical tools to man handle your opponent's fleet footed Wrs. Powers has neither. He does have good coverage skills over short distances which makes him ideal for the slot. Playing the slot is where he made a name for himself with the Colts from the beginning. Butler and Davis would make a nice tandem on the outside. They both have speed and quickness needed for the position. In Butler's case, I think he's a better corner than he's given credit for. Of all the teams he's played for, none of whom had a defense that scared anyone. His time in NE was short lived not because he was "Ineffective" even though that's what he was blamed for. The other parts of the Pats defense were the reason for that. Ditto for Carolina. This Colts defense is on the rise and is arguably better than any defense he's played for previously. Davis will prove his value as the season progresses and the new parts of the Colts defense begin to gel. All in all Vontae Davis is a big part of this defense, and I trust Grigson & his staff for knowing why the brought him here.