The defense for the 2013 Indianapolis Colts could surprise some people.
Even though it’s early in 2013 training camp for the Colts, this reloaded defense has already looked like a serious upgrade from last season. As head coach Chuck Pagano begins his first full season with the Colts, the former defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens may have had the time and opportunity to bring in the proper pieces. Pagano and his coaches have settled in, and could be now building the Colts defense that he was brought in to build.
This new-look defense has taken the field with ferocity in practice. The secondary, which has been an Achille’s heel of the Colts for a long time, could quietly become on of the best in the NFL. Quiet, meaning that the secondary might fly under the radar, until they begin knocking players out of their socks and intercepting passes. Already during this young training camp, the defense has taken five interceptions back for touchdowns.
Even with the addition of rookie first-round NFL Draft pick Bjoern Werner at the OLB spot, the defense of the Colts is littered with and abundance of veteran players. Names like Robert Mathis, Cory Redding, and LaRon Landy add a war-worn presence to that side of the ball for this team. As far as pro experience, the Colts’ defense has many more years under their belt than the offense does.
Already in training camp, the defense has been keeping the offense on their toes. Players have been confusing receivers, batting down passes, and causing turnovers. If the injury bug doesn’t bite too often, then this version of the Indianapolis defense, could be the best they’ve ever had.