After Robert Mathis and Antoine Bethea, who is the third longest tenured Colts defender?
The answer might take a while before it pops into one’s head.
Moala, who was a 2009 second-round draft pick of the Colts, was activated off the Colts PUP list on Monday after he tore his ACL in late November last year.
“It’s been a long time so I’m excited to get back out there and see if I can still contribute,” Moala said on Tuesday.
“It’s all mental. I know my leg is solid. I’ve pushed myself. I’ve worked my butt off, put this thing in extreme situations but I have no doubt it’s more mental than anything.”
Since 2010, Moala has started every game (38) he’s played in with the Colts including eight starts last year in a new defense.
Moala is one of three Colts (Donald Brown and Pat McAfee) who are still on the roster from the team’s 2007-2009 drafts.
Each year, Moala is constantly welcoming new faces into the Colts locker room and he likes what he’s been seeing this season.
“There’s been a lot of changes but all for the good,” Moala said. “It’s bringing out the best out of all of us, top to bottom. I’m excited to see where this team can go. We got a glimpse of what this defense can do Sunday night and I just want to be apart of it, and contribute.”
Next up for Moala is getting back on the practice field with a goal being to play in one of the Colts final two preseason games.
“We will shoot for one of these games,” Moala said. “Right now it’s get out there, get acclimated and get used to playing the game of football again.”
“Those guys are having fun, hitting people and that’s what I love to do so I’m excited.”
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Two statistics that every NFL defensive coordinator looks at when scouring a post game box score are third-down efficiency and red zone efficiency.
Greg Manusky has to be very pleased with what his eyes are seeing after looking over the Colts/Giants box score.
Third Down efficiency: 3-15
Red Zone efficiency: 0-4
“We finished (eighth) last year in the NFL in red zone defense and they’ve kind of picked up right where they left off,” Head Coach Chuck Pagano said of the team’s defense following the Colts 20-12 victory. “
The Colts four red zone stops of the Giants offense in the first half were as followed:
- 12:17 to go in 1st quarter-With the Giants facing a fourth-and-one, Andre Brown is stuffed on a run to the left by Erik Walden and Antoine Bethea.
- 6:44 to go in 1st quarter-The Giants settle for a 25-yard field goal after reaching the seven-yard line before an Eli Manning incompletion.
- 4:09 to go in 2nd quarter-The Giants drive down to the Colts five-yard line but lose four yards on a David Wilson carry before eventually kicking a 27-yard field goal.
- :03 to go in 2nd quarter-The Colts force a pair of incompletions from the Giants 12-yard line. New York kicks a 45-yard field goal after an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
The Colts defense holding the Giants to a 20 percent conversion rate on third-down was impressive but the unit also had some timely plays on the “money down.”
Greg Toler’s interception came on a third-and-one late in the first quarter.
Then in the second half with the Colts not allowing the Giants into the red zone, Caesar Rayford and Marshay Green both recorded sacks on third downs.
From a first-half yardage standpoint, there wasn’t much of a differential (15 yards) between the Colts and Giants.
It was all about defending the goal line that made up the eight-point difference.
“Our mindset down there is they aren’t in until they are in,” Pagano said of the red zone. “That’s third and goal from the 10, the seven, or from the one-yard line, we are going to do everything we can to keep them out.”
“Our guys are really comfortable with what we do down there, the schemes, the calls we make down there and the players do a nice job of executing them.”
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The Colts are dealing with a bit of a shortened week with the Cleveland Browns coming to Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday night. Today’s news looks at some good news regarding the Colts tight ends and Chuck Pagano’s high praise for his defense.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Tuesday, August 20th.
By: Zak Keefer, Indy Star
The Colts have been running a bit thin at the tight end position lately but hopefully that’s in the past with some healthy news on Monday.
Coby Fleener, who left Sunday’s 20-12 preseason win over the New York Giants with a sprained knee, had an MRI that came back negative. He is expected to miss some practice time this week but nothing beyond that.
“(We’ll) probably work him back into practice on Thursday and Friday,” said coach Chuck Pagano, whose Colts host the Cleveland Browns in their third preseason game Saturday night.
Additionally, Dwayne Allen, who has missed nearly two weeks with a foot injury, will see some monitored reps during practice this week. Allen was out of his boot Friday, the team’s last day of training camp at Anderson University, and if he progresses he could return for the team’s Sept. 8 season opener vs. Oakland.
“He’s doing great,” Pagano said of Allen. “It looks like he’s going to be able to get some work in (Tuesday), Wednesday, Thursday, go through the week. He’s coming back relatively quick.”
By: Michael Marot, The Associated Press
On Chuck Pagano’s Monday conference call, the head coach was pretty defiant when talking about his team’s defense.
“That’s exactly how we want to play,” Pagano said during a conference call with reporters. “We’re going to be a damn good defense. The guys can see it and they can feel it.”
The defensive unit held the Giants out of the end zone on Sunday night and to a 20 percent conversion rate on third downs.
“The players, they have bought in hook, line and sinker. So when you get everybody on the same page like that, you can see the level of play will just continue to go up week in and week out,” Pagano said. “It’s exciting to see, and I know we’re trying to build all three phases and be dominant in all three phases.”
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Guard Donald Thomas was one of eight unrestricted free agent additions for the Colts this year and came to Indianapolis along with Gosder Cherilus to help bolster the offensive line.
The first unit played about half of the game at New York and at intermission, the Colts had 12 rushes for 48 yards.
With a stated intent to run, the Giants were waiting.
“They brought the safety down in the box,” said Thomas. “From there we made some adjustments on the sideline and once we did that, we were fine. I think the emphasis for them was to stop our run game. That was part of their game plan.”
One play that helped loosen the defense was a designed keeper by Matt Hasselbeck to stop outside pressure. Hasselbeck scooted for nine yards on a first-down play on his fourth scrimmage play to help keep on-rushing defenders honest.
As the Colts move to week three with starters likely playing into the third quarter, Thomas wants to see more progress.
“I thought overall we communicated well,” said Thomas. “Our execution was there a little bit. I also feel we took some steps in the right direction.
“You know me. If it were up to me, we’d rush for 250 yards every game. You take the good with the bad. I honestly wanted more yards than we got. We just have to keep working.”
Thomas claims the line operated more smoothly than in the Buffalo game.
“I thought overall we seemed a lot calmer,” said Thomas. “We were making our adjustments and calls before the snap (better). I liked our execution much better.”
Chuck Pagano liked the more blended results in play distribution and says some of the passing yards are extensions of the running game.
“(We) would have liked to have a few more yards on the ground offensively. We tried to balance that thing out,” said Pagano. “We talked about being more balanced, I think we were.
“You see those quick throws out to the wide outs. They are actually called runs, but they are loading the box up, putting eight, nine, 10 guys up there to stop the run. We feel like that is just a long hand-off when you toss it out there.”
So much of a team’s overall success depends on the offensive line. One can argue, easily, it is the most important of all functions for a team to achieve.
Thomas expects the line’s performance to be peak efforts. He says the Colts are not at that level yet.
“No, we’re a work in progress. We’re going to continue to work together and gel,” said Thomas. “The next game will be a huge test for us. We’ve made some strides and hopefully when the season starts, we’ll be rolling on all cylinders.
“We’re getting there, though. We’re getting there.”
Indianapolis ran for 88 yards and a 2.7 rushing average at New York. Pagano said the team still is adjusting to some of the running schemes, and that will be something on the front burner as the team readies for Cleveland.
Saturday’s game could be the Indianapolis debut of running back Ahmad Bradshaw.
Still, Pagano likes what he saw from the first half with Thomas and crew on the field.
“You run the football, move the chains, stay ahead of the markers, the down markers, get third and manageable, make those plays, make some chunk plays,” said Pagano. “At the end of the second half it was probably more me than anybody else, making sure we took care of the football and we didn’t do anything crazy out there.
“We want to be aggressive, but we are going to play good team football.”
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