Throughout the entire offseason, Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky has often heard the same question regarding his Pro Bowl outside linebackers.
It didn’t take long Thursday afternoon for Manusky to hear it again and he’s looking forward to seeing No. 93 and 98 on the field for extended action against the Bears.
“I don’t think you’re ever right where you want to be every week but we’re making a lot of progress,” Manusky said. “I think both guys are really taking hold to what their job is supposed to be and they’re rolling with it and they’re doing a great job.”
This offseason the buzz surround Manusky’s hybrid 3-4 defense has been the influx of players familiar with the system along with getting the other Colts caught up with the scheme.
Even Manusky admitted there is a little more anticipation for this season opener considering all the changes.
“It’s a little bit different coming from a 4-3 (defense) to a 3-4 defense with these guys,” Manusky said. “With Vontae (Davis) being a little bit new, even Justin King having a little bit of newness to him. We’re all working together as a unit, trying to go out there and get a victory.”
Getting Davis acclimated with his new teammates and the system has been high on the priory list for Manusky over the past week.
Davis is expected to start opposite cornerback Jerraud Powers on Sunday and his knowledge of playing in similar defenses has helped him out immensely.
“He’s ready,” Manusky said of Davis. “I think there is a little bit of familiarity with Mike Nolan’s system. So the calls might be a little bit different but for the most part he’s played in that kind of system a little bit, our system, so it’s good.”
The task for Manusky’s defense will be a multi faceted offense leaning on Pro Bowl running back Matt Forte.
In the first three weeks of the season, the Colts rush defense will be tested by trying to stop a trio of Pro Bowl running backs.
“That’s the way this league is,” Manusky said of the running backs. “You’ve got to make sure you set your sights on stopping the run, that’s the most important thing. We’ve been stressing that since we got here so that’s what we got to do on Sunday.”
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