If you are a Indianapolis Colts fan than you can agree, that never, at least in recent years, have you been confident that the teams defense is one of the best in the league. Yeah, the Colts have had premier players in the likes of Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, and Bob Sanders(when healthy), but as a unit, we could never be confident in the fact that is Peyton Manning, or now, Andrew Luck did not score enough, that the defense was stout enough to shut down another team.
Enter Chuck Pagano. The man from Baltimore, who drew high praises from the likes of Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, both future hall of famers. The defense has improved slightly during his first two seasons, but there are still a few players away.
Bringing in Arthur Jones, and D’Qwell Jackson this offseason will help, but it might not be enough to get the team into a top 10 defense. There are still questions in the secondary with who will start next to LaRon Landry, and if Vontae Davis is truly a number one corner in this league.
Do not get me wrong, I could be completely fooled by the performances this preseason, but from the looks of things, this defensive unit has been completely inconsistent. The first team unit looked stout against the Giants, and somewhat against the Jets, but laid a dud against the Saints last weekend.
Missed tackles were a theme last season, and played a big role against the Saints last week as well.
For once, just once. I would like to enter the season being confident enough in the stand point of saying ” The defense can hold a team down, and not have to rely of Luck’s arm to dig us out of a hole.”.