ANDERSON – As with most mornings at training camp, the highlights come from the media sessions with Colts coaches and selected players.
The on-the-field work will come this afternoon but around lunchtime each day, Colts.com will take a look at three interesting quotes from that morning's media sessions.
In today's media scrums, Pep Hamilton talked about the keys in situational football, Cory Redding's outlook on the rush defense and Dwayne Allen on the new-look Colts offense.
Pep Hamilton on improving in third-down and in the red zone:
"In those situations, it's all about matchups. Putting guys in a position to make a play and then letting our playmakers do what they do best."
Bowen's Analysis:* *Andrew Luck has pegged third-down and red zone as two key areas he wants to improve on in 2014. Those improvements don't fall entirely on Luck's shoulders though. Pep Hamilton addressed this on Sunday morning and knows that having different types of weapons to game plan with is critical in those pressure packed situations. Whether it's using Coby Fleener's height, T.Y. Hilton's speed or Hakeem Nicks' catch radius, Hamilton has plenty of options to turn to in trying to set up advantageous situations.
Cory Redding on the keys in improving the rush defense this season:
"It just comes down to doing your job. If I got the C gap, I got to hold the C gap no matter how enticing that B gap looks. If it's open and the ball carrier has crossed the line of scrimmage, and I just peak my head and get over there, then the ball hits my gap, then I didn't do my job. There's a 60-yard run for a touchdown."
Bowen's Analysis: Being responsible for your specific duty seems to be the common theme when talking to defenders about stopping the run. Having sound gap responsibility might seem simple but one hesitant move one way or another can be the difference between a two-yard gain and a 60-yard touchdown. In coming over from Cleveland, D'Qwell Jackson has liked what he's seen from the Colts defensive line in regards to this topic. Having three guys in upwards of 300 pounds up front gives the Colts some needed beef too, in the trenches.
Dwayne Allen on how different the Colts offense is from last season:
"The offense was totally different. When you have a lot of personnel that goes down, you've got to do what works best. Our initial game plan that we worked on through training camp and the preseason was different then what we are able to execute throughout the year."
Bowen's Analysis: It goes without saying that the Colts offense was hindered a bit in 2013 due to so many impactful injuries. Allen was obviously one of them and his return opens things up for both the running and passing game. Pep Hamilton talked on Sunday about this offense being a "playmaker" driven offense and guys like Allen fit right into that label. It will be interesting to watch the Colts offense evolve in 2014 with so many unique pieces at the skill positions.
The first practice with shoulder pads was a spirited one!