The Indianapolis Colts starting defense struggled against Drew Brees last Saturday night, their first big test of the preseason. After successful outings against the Jets and Giants, the Colts had hoped to enter the Saints game on a high note, and continue their solid play.
The left the game looking much like the team of last year that missed countless open tackles, and gave up big chunks of plays in the passing and running game.
D’Qwell Jackson struggled for the first time in a Colts uniform, as he struggled to make open tackles and guard Jimmy Graham. Obviously his play will improve, but it appears to be that Jackson will not be much of a threat in coverage, as the league has plenty of versatile tight ends.
Chuck Pagano was not happy about the teams performance, and let the media know after the game.
“Anytime you go out and give up big plays defensively, you don’t tackle well, you don’t communicate well, all those type of things, you can’t get off the field on third down, against a team like that, give them credit, you’re not going to play very well,”
“We just didn’t do the fundamental things. We’re more than capable, and we’ve seen that.”
Fundamental things can be approved upon, but it was not a good sign for Colts fans who were expecting a defense to be head over foot better than the one from last season. However, it is the preseason, and now is not the time to overreact.
The next test, against the Bengals this weekend, will not come with the same challenges as that of the Saints, but will still be a solid test for the Colts.