The Indianapolis Colts expected starting secondary brings 279 games of NFL experience with them into the 2013 season.
Experience aside, the addition of one LaRon Landry has the secondary with a bit more swagger heading into the regular season opener one month from today.
That term is something the Colts secondary wants opposing offenses to become familiar with across the defensive unit.
“Being physical (means) 16 games, 60 minutes,” safety Antoine Bethea says. “Everybody always says it starts up front, but we’ve got to have 11 guys out there striking. When opposing offenses see that on film, when they get out there they know, have a sense that we are going to have 11 guys out there running around, (that) might have guys tip-toeing on the other side of the ball.”
Bethea believes this could be the most physical Colts secondary he has been apart of in his eight seasons in Indianapolis.
His fellow safety knows exactly what being physical is all about.
“To me, more physical means basically just getting after it,” Landry said. “Getting after the ball and making that the main focus—just to dominate.”
Last season, Vontae Davis showed some physicality at the cornerback position while routinely coming up to the line of scrimmage to make tackles in space.
Greg Toler will now join Davis as the Colts starting corners.
Toler joins the unit after four seasons in Arizona and he can sense something a little more than just a physical secondary.
“This defense, one thing I can say is it’s more like a brotherhood,” Toler says. “I don’t know if that’s because there’s a lot of young guys in the defense., but we feed off one another and keep one another’s spirits up. If one person makes a play, all of us make a play.”
As a former defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator, Chuck Pagano loves what he’s hearing, and more importantly what he’s seeing from that side of the ball.
“Defensively, every time you step on the field, you expect greatness,” Pagano says. “You expect to make plays, create turnovers, stop the run. Going into year two it’s a natural progression that everybody feels more comfortable with the scheme.”
“Those guys understand where they’re supposed to be. They know where their partner is supposed to be next to them. They understand the strengths and weaknesses of every call. So, they’re able to play at a high level and play a lot faster than they did last year.”
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