INDIANAPOLIS – Now it’s onto the defensive side of the football for a group with a much different look than it had in 2012.
The first-team defense provided a glimpse of what this season could hold when it shut out the Browns in two and a half quarters of action on Aug. 24.
The sample size for the defense will now be much greater with the regular season just three days away.
Here’s a look at some burning questions at each positional group…
How will the playing time up front play out? Chuck Pagano said during the offseason that the Colts would be cutting players along the defensive line who would go on and play for other teams.
That was the case over the weekend and the defensive line now heads into the regular season with a seven-man group that can play a variety of roles.
The veteran starting group of
Can the Colts pass rush create big play ability for the defense?
New free agent outside linebacker
With guys like Jean Francois and Redding occupying blockers in the middle, that should free up some one-on-one chances (for Walden and Werner particularly) on the edge for the Colts pass rushers.
Last year, the Colts finished 25th in the league in sacks per pass attempt and if that number improves in 2013, then expect more big plays out of an aggressive defensive unit.
What’s in store for the Colts safety duo?: That Browns contest was the Colts lone look at what the Pro Bowl safeties brings to the backend of the defense.
Having Bethea and Landry form a presence down the middle of the field should allow for aggressive corners
The safety duo brings 15 years of NFL experience and the addition of Landry gives Bethea a true game changer next to him for the first time since the 2008 season.
What should fans expect from the Colts return units in 2013? There isn’t a need to worry about the kicking/punting duo of
Who returns kicks though this Sunday?
Chuck Pagano said earlier this week that
Here's a look at yesterday's offensive burning questions.