Where that Indy 500 package is going to be helpful is letting the 3 burners go deep, and sneaking Allen down the middle seam. I think those are the kind of plays we want to run early to set up throwing the ball deep. Roll Luck out, throw underneath the coverage getting the ball out of his hands, will make the Indy 500 package difficult to defend. Pick your poison. I have to say, with what Chud did with Cam in his rookie year, still raw as a QB, was not a gifted accurate passer coming out of college, and tailoring a system to fit him has me excited. He is going to make sure to put Luck in the right positions. Can't wait to see the offense.
Just remember the Denver game and how Chud called that game to perfection. If we can just get Luck to slide or throw the ball away. we are going to score some points. I now have an appreciation as to when Peyton saw guys coming, he just went down. No chance of an injury. Luck's athletic ability will let him escape many times, but I know longer will be angry if he goes down for a loss, if it avoids an injury. Hopefully, the line this year will make such a difference that won't be a worry too much of the time!
To your number 2.....
Manusky always said the exact same thing. So did Pagano. We've always tried to be an attacking defense.
We just haven't succeeded to the degree we'd want....
I think we'll end up roughly in the middle of the pack on defense. Somewhere between 15--20.
Could we end up higher? Sure, it's possible. But I don't think it's likely. Hopefully in 2017.
Also even though the Raptors came up short congrats to the Raptors fans and the team for a hell of a season and a hell of a run. They played hard and would not quit despite just not having the talent to compete with the Cavs over the long haul. Lowery stepped as did Derozan and Beyombo with rebounds. Just to much Lebron, To much Irving and to much Love
I can see Indy being in the top 1/2 of defensive stats overall. I think we'll probably be in the top5 for TFL's, but possibly also top 5 for allowing big plays (20+ yards).
Just looking at our players and coaching staff kind of shows me a few things:
1: Our D-line will get more penetration than our LB'ers. Which means TFL's 'should' be abundant. And that is alright if the LB'ers hold to their assignments and not over-persue. IF they do, then look for a lot of long runs by medeocre RB's as well.
2: Our D Co-ordinater has already said he's plans to be agressive, attacking. Again this play's into my #1.
3: I think the pass defense will be more effected on what the front 7 does this year than in years past. Before a lot of our sacks were coverage sacks. This year i beleive it is more likely to be our pass defense will be more effected by the pass rush.
So basicly, our D-line's skill set of being able to get get behind the line of scrimmage, plus the agressive play calling will put our team in a 'feast or famine' scenario. Some of which we will win,..some we will inevitably loose. Question is this: Which one will happen more often, Feasting on them?...or them feasting on us? I think our defence will suprise this year.
***P.S. This entire spat is predicated on Jones, Anderson, Langford, Parry, and Ridgeway being healthy and playing the majority of the season.
When I first saw this thread, I thought I was late to the party, but then I saw that this thread has been going since 2012.
I'm still late to the party, but story of my life. I joined in 2015, but have been a Colts fan since I was a kid.
My first Colts memory is getting a hat signed by Quentin Coryatt at training camp, and that same year almost going to the SB.
My favorite Colts memory is beating the Pats to get to the SB in 2006.
1. Peyton Manning
2. Marvin Harrison
3. Reggie Wayne
4. Dallas Clark
5. Brandon Stokely
Needless to say, Peyton (#1) and everyone he threw the ball to (#2-5) won me many, many fantasy football games, and are my guys for eternity.
You might assume from my top 5 Colts that I am a "new-age" "fairweather" fan who only likes offense and points. You are wrong. I am grateful for the offensive Renaissance in Indy, but Defense is my passion. My secret top 5 Colts: Bob Sanders, Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, Cato June, Gary Brackett.
I want Henry Anderson to help lead a Defensive Renaissance in Indy. Luck and TY are great, and I hope the OLine is outstanding, but the D is the Key.
I have been posting for probably a year or so now. I reside in Brazil, IN, which is about 20 minutes East of Terre Haute on I-70. I'm 28 years old and have been a Colts fan since Harbaugh days, but really started following and rooting hard for them after they drafted Manning in 98. I love our team and my family and I make sure we are ready to rock for every game. We always have viewing parties at my father-in-laws or my house and are known to holler and scream at the TV! Hope all is well with all of you, and GO COLTS!