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Colts’ Matt Eberflus Describes DeForest Buckner’s Role as a Three-Technique—Dominating the B-Gap

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According to Colts.com’s Andrew Walker, Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus described new All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner’s role as the ‘three-technique’ in his defense during ‘Colts Chat’ on Wednesday night (which was exclusively available to Colts’ season ticket holders):

“That’s the defensive tackle that lines up on the outside shade of the guard, in-between the guard and the tackle,” Eberflus said.

“Because of (Buckner’s) penetration in that B-gap, that sets up a lot of things,” Eberflus added. “It brings the center with him in pass protection, it sets up a lot of things in the defensive running game, where you penetrate in that B-gap, and it really puts the offense on their heels.”

Regarding his constructed defense, Colts general manager Chris Ballard stated earlier this offseason that “the three technique drives this thing”. Not only is Buckner one of the best in the business playing such a position, but he also has the ‘motor, intensity, and mean streak’ that the Colts really covet from their defensive lineman:

“And that’s what DeForest does,” Eberflus continued. “You know, DeForest is a disruptor of the offense, and that’s what he does, and that’s what he’s always done. If you look at his body of work, over the first four seasons of his career, the amount of time this guy has played and the way he’s played in terms of his intensity, in terms of his motor, in terms of his effectiveness … we’re certainly excited to have him as a premier player on our football team.”

Now, what exactly is Eberflus talking about regarding Buckner and the ‘B-gap’?

Well, here are a few examples of the star three-technique defensive tackle’s effectiveness penetrating and controlling it (i.e., the gap between the guard and tackle):

With 19.5 combined sacks over the past two seasons, Buckner should be an interior force for the Colts as a pass rusher—and is a well-rounded defensive tackle against the run too.

Get used to seeing him dominate the B-gap early and often this upcoming season.