Colts Defense Continues to Make Steady Progress
By Julie Voigt
Special to Pro Football Guru
It has been quite a while since we have associated the Indianapolis Colts with a top-notch defense. But after the team’s 21-9 victory over the Washington Redskins in Week 2, can this new 4-3 base scheme run by coordinator Matt Eberflus survive over the weeks to come? At FedExField, this new-look unit came up big and prevented Jay Gruden’s team from reaching the end zone.
“Man, what a great job they did keeping us in the driver’s seat it felt like, said quarterback Andrew Luck after the game (to Mike Chappell of CBS4 Indy) “It’s a fun unit to watch. They’re only going to get better. They’re young, they’re fast, they’re athletic, they’re tough.’’
Linebacker Darius Leonard, the first of the team’s four second-round picks in April, was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week, Against the Redskins, he racked up a game-high 18 tackles (15 solo), one sack, a forced fumbles and one pass defensed. The last time a Colts’ defender earned such recognition? It was Jonathan Newsome in Week 17 of the 2014 vs. the Tennessee Titans.
So as you can see, this defense is coming together pretty well. But as it has been said in the past, patience plays a huge factor with this young talent on this Indianapolis team. Anything can and will happen.
Indianapolis will fly to the home of the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles where this defense will have to prepare for quarterback Carson Wentz, making his first start since Week 14 of 2017. The game also marks the much-anticipated return of newly Colts’ head coach Frank Reich, the Eagles’ offensive coordinator a year ago. It should be interesting as the Birds are coming off a loss while the Indianapolis’ defense could take advantage of a rusty Wentz.
Is there an upset in the making? The Colts’ improving defense may have a major say in such a matter.
Julie Voigt, a former contributor for NFL Female (now OurTurf Football) is a freelance NFL writer. You can find her on Twitter (@SwhrtColtsFan13), Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.