It might still be the month of August, but this week around the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center has had a feel similar to that during the regular season.
Coaches have tried to prepare in a comparable way for Saturday’s preseason game with the Washington Redskins like it was a regular season game.
Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said his unit ‘will open it up a little more’ this week.
“Usually the third preseason game from the players’ perspective, they can see the process of going through first and second down (installments), going through third down, and going through goal line, red zone, short yardage. It’s great for the players to see that,” Manusky said.
The task for Manuksy’s defense for much of the game on Saturday will be trying to contain Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Over the past decade, the NFL has seen more and more dual-threat quarterbacks thrive in the league and many expect ‘RGIII’ to be the next in line.
“When you see players like RGIII, Michael Vick in the preseason, you’ve got to eventually play some of those guys throughout the regular season so it’s good to see what’s good and what’s bad against them,” Manusky said.
The Colts defense has watched some film on Griffin III and Manusky has been impressed with his abilities.
“(Griffin III) can throw the ball and scramble. We have to make sure we cage him in, number one to run, number two to throw,” Manusky said.
Along with trying to neutralize Griffin III, Manusky and his defensive coaches will be looking to which players will ultimately fill out the 53-man roster heading into the regular season.
Manusky was quick to point out while his staff is always looking to help the defensive side of the ball, he knows the importance of the ‘third’ phase of football when it comes to completing an entire roster.
“Special teams is always a big part of it,” Manusky said of final cuts. “If they can play on special teams, we’ll find them a place on defense. You want to build a well-rounded team and special teams is the most important part.”
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