Colts Daily Headlines: September 26th Edition
It was back to the practice field on Wednesday afternoon for the Colts. Today’s news look at the stout Colts defense, the can’t overlook attitude of the Colts and the play of the team’s offensive tackles.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, September 26th.
By: Michael Marot, Associated Press
Sunday’s defensive blueprint could not have been better scripted for success.
Now the challenge becomes turning that in week-in-and-week-out.
Cory Redding finally got a chance Wednesday to start talking about the Colts defense on his terms.
Aggressive. Physical. Dominant.
Over the past decade or two, those three words have largely been missing from Indianapolis’ defensive lexicon. After last weekend’s impressive breakout performance at San Francisco, they become trendy descriptions.
Now the Colts (2-1) just have to prove they can keep playing this way, week after week.
“That’s what we always try to do,” Redding said. “It ain’t playing bad one week and good the next or good one week and bad the next. You want to play good football every week.”
By: Mike Wells, ESPN.com
0-3 or 3-0, the Colts are treating the Jacksonville Jaguars like they would any other opponent this week.
“It’s a big week for us,” Pagano said. “We know what our ultimate goal is and the easiest way to get into the (playoffs) is to win the division. So our guys understand the importance of this game and this week.”
The Colts are tied with Houston and Tennessee atop the AFC South with a 2-1 record.
The Colts were in a similar situation last season. They came from behind to beat the Green Bay Packers 30-27 only to turn to get blown out by the New York Jets the following week. Quarterback Mark Sanchez only threw for 82 yards, but running back Shonn Greene ran for 161 yards and three touchdowns in New York’s 35-9 win.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
It’s a topic that isn’t receiving a ton of attention but Chappell looks at the success of the Colts two tackles, both who figure to be key cogs for a long time.
Exhibit A: Gosder’s work against Miami defensive end Cameron Wake. One of the NFL’s most disruptive pass-rush threats was a non-factor in the Dolphins’ 24-20 win earlier this month. Wake’s line on the stat sheet: 0 sacks, one tackle. He entered the game with 45 1/2 sacks in 63 career games, including 2 1/2 the previous week against Cleveland.
Exhibit B: Castonzo’s work against San Francisco outside linebacker Aldon Smith in Sunday’s 27-7 Colts’ win. Smith brought a daunting resume with him to Candlestick Park – 37 career sacks, including 19 1/5 last season – and was virtually neutralized by Castonzo. Smith had five tackles, but zero sacks and wasn’t credited with any pressures.
That’s what top tackles are supposed to do.