We are now 99 days away from the start of the 2013 NFL season with the Colts wrapping up OTAs over the next two weeks.
Last week the Colts assistant coaches were made available to the media and offered some great perspective into their position group.
Colts.com will take a closer look into these groups over the coming weeks and here is a preview of comments from the various defensive assistant coaches.
Defensive line coach Gary Emanuel spent much of the 2012 season learning new players names as injuries crippled his unit.
No need to worry though as reinforcement have arrived to Indianapolis and Emanuel talked about one of those new acquisitions in Ricky Jean Francois.
“Ricky Jean is a guy who brings experience. In the position he plays, he adds a lot of versatility. He’s played five-technique, three-technique, he’s played nose. Obviously, he played in the Super Bowl last year with a great team, so he brings a lot of experience, toughness and understanding of the defense.”
Linebackers coach Jeff Fitzgerald has seen a lot of change to both the outside and inside positions over the past few months.
His emotion is evident when he describes the possibilities that he has with his position group heading into 2013.
“I think overall we have a more complete group right now. We’ve got a lot of guys in the group that can do a lot of different things so there’s some overlap there. We’re cross-training some of the guys so that we can play them at different positions. We have the guys from last year that have a year of learning under our belt in our system and we have new guys coming in as veterans that have football knowledge coming and are aware of things we are teaching. They pick it up quicker because they’ve had it for a while. I’m really excited about it, I think we have a good group that can do a lot of different things. There’s going to be some flexibility and job exchanges and things of that nature because we can. We have the right type of guys.”
Defensive backs coach Mike Gillhamer is one of the most energetic position coaches on the entire Colts staff.
Gillhamer’s defensive backs have turned in some impressive plays in the early parts of OTAs with new cornerback Greg Toler being at the top of that list.
“We are really happy with Greg. He’s come in here with a great attitude. He’s so powerful. He reminds me of a big game cat, like a cheetah. He’s just so powerful, he can spring. His attitude has been awesome. He’s been everything that we’d hoped he be.”
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