Stephen Holder of the Athletic is back with his latest episode of Horseshoes and today he has another great episode for you to enjoy.
Among other things today Stephen discusses how Matt Eberflus has managed to turn around the Colts’ defense and whether his success could translate into him becoming a legitimate head-coaching candidate. Also, find out in what way Marlon Mack has put himself in the same category as Ezekiel Elliott and Saquon Barkley as he continues to impress in his sophomore season.
Here is a brief rundown of today’s show:
- Discussing Colts most impressive win in years in Week 15 win over Dallas
- Week 15 was the best game in terms of execution of the season by far
- The Colts took away the Cowboys largest weapon as they built their lead
- Colts defensive coordinator, Matt Eberflus, has been a rockstar in leading the Colts’ defense
- Colts defenders have bought in in a major way to Eberflus’ teachings
- Eberflus is beginning to get noticed throughout the league as a possible head coaching candidate
- Eberflus may be as responsible for assisting the roster in creating the right culture in Indy
- Eberflus will not be ignored when head coaches begin to receive offers for HC interviews
- Eberflus has found a way to get his players the will to get off the field on third-down opportunities
- The Colts’ defense has been dialing up the pressure lately, and has everything they need to continue to rise
- Can the Colts continue this time with their running game?
- The Colts are a vastly different team with their running game on point
- Reich’s look towards balance helps the Colts’ offense tremendously
- Marlon Mack has shown far more toughness, physicality than he did in 2017
- Mack is among some of the top RBs in the NFL in terms of yards after contact
- Ryan Kelly is having a fantastic season, and is considerably helping the Colts running game
- Mo Alie-Cox is also having a major impact in the running game
- Alie-Cox has filled in very nicely while Jack Doyle has been on the shelf
- Alie-Cox’s dedication from the offseason has been a large part of his success, and Frank Reich’s ability to keep his call sheet open with him in the lineup
- Darius Leonard is not happy with being overlooked for the Pro Bowl
- The Pro Bowl system is creating the snubs more than anything else
- This Colts roster has amazing chemistry right now and it’s a major launching point for them
- It’s clear that the culture is being built the right way in Indianapolis
- The Colts are underrated, but their tight-knit locker room is creating a ton of on-field success
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