The Colts players were off on Tuesday before preparations for Miami picks up the pace on Wednesday. Today’s news looks at the Colts defense and the hard-hitting safety that is LaRon Landry.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, September 11th.
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
Holder wrote a good piece on the unique scheme that the Colts defense faced on Sunday afternoon.
How should the Colts defense be judged after Week One?
I went back and examined some of Pryor’s longer runs of the day. What I found is that his best runs were simple sandlot scrambles, not the designed, new-school, read-option stuff you surely are becoming quite familiar with. In fact, the Colts did a half-decent job against the standard read-option plays. Pryor got 13 yards on one such play in the second quarter, but on most such calls, he was held relatively in check. Two 9-yard gains on read-options are the only others that caught my eye.
The 29-yard run Pryor had in the second quarter? That was pure improvisation. He looked downfield, didn’t like what he saw, and took off. There was a 26-yard run by Pryor in the fourth quarter which is a little gray. It looks like a pure naked bootleg, with Pryor faking the handoff, then rolling to his right. It looks to me like he never even considered throwing the football, though he did have a receiver or two running routes. Hard to say what the original intent of the play caller was there. But in either case, it was not a traditional read-option play.
Here’s the point: This is not something the Colts are going to see often. Most coaches, even in today’s NFL, aren’t going to expose their quarterbacks to contact with that much regularity. And most quarterbacks, even the mobile ones, are going to be expected to stay in the pocket and go through progressions more often than not. When coaches mix in a read-option play here and there, there are hard-and-fast rules that defenders have to follow to limit the damage.
By: Bob Kravitz, Indy Star
Kravitz had a pretty humorous column detailing the impressive physique of Colts safety LaRon Landry.
I had a simple request for Indianapolis Colts safety LaRon Landry.
“How do I get my body to look like yours?”
He doubled over in laughter.
See, Landry would make Adonis blush. He makes former coach safety Bob Sanders look like the “before” picture in one of those before-and-after Charles Atlas ads. His biceps look like several pythons fornicating (not that I have any idea how exactly pythons fornicate). During his Washington Redskins days, his teammates called him “Iron Man.” In his locker, he keeps a Red Hulk action figure who engages in different muscular poses, depending on how strong Landry is feeling that day.
“That’s my guy,” Landry said with a smile. “I didn’t want to be the green Hulk. I wanted red. For fire. Attitude. Aggressiveness.”
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