From the debut of the Colts first round draft pick, to a six-sack performance from his defense, coordinator Greg Manusky has had a pretty successful past week.
Manusky spoke with the media on Wednesday and addressed these topics and much more with the Colts preparing for the Browns.
On outside linebacker Caesar Rayford, who has had three sacks in the preseason:
When you play in the NFL across the board it doesn’t matter what quarter if you make plays across the board. That’s the most important thing and that’s what he’s done when he’s in there. Certain situations he has shined and we’re looking for good things from him coming up in this game. But every week is just a process of building guys up and keep on working with them, and right now he’s having a pretty good preseason.”
On what he likes about his starting cornerbacks (Vontae Davis and Greg Toler):
I think number one: both physical guys. They can play press. And they understand the game of football. Across the board, those two guys, and actually with Darius (Butler) playing as well and then with Cassius (Vaughn), we got a good group of guys right now that are working well together. I think communication with the safeties and talking with (Delano) Howell and (Antoine) Bethea during this preseason has been real good. They’re accepting the challenge and they’re going out there and playing pretty good football right now.”
On if he’s seen the identity of this defense with the season approaching:
I think it was a good thing actually, and I wouldn’t say a good thing, but it was a little culture shock after that first game. I think we played well with the starters, but then all the other guys that were backup players, and some of the starters were in there, they didn’t gel together. You know what I’m saying? And I think this last game when we played the Giants they took it upon themselves to go out there and play at a high level and go out there and try to win the game.”
On what makes cornerback Greg Toler a ball hawk in the secondary:
He’s like a thoroughbred. He’s built like that. He can run. He can change direction and he’s got speed and he can press receivers at the line of scrimmage. A guy that has all those skills, that’s what you look for in a cornerback and that’s what he has. Different technique when he came from Arizona, a little bit different than what we’re teaching. So it’s always a transition, even with Cassius (Vaughn) last year and Darius (Butler), even when we picked up Vontae (Davis) last year. All those guys, it’s technique and fundamentals. We always rely on that. That’s what he’s been doing. He’s doing a good job of staying with those and sometimes when he doesn’t, it seems it’s not the good things that happen.”
On if he expects to get inside linebacker Pat Angerer back this week:
Yeah, I think with Pat, he’s worked with the first group a little bit out there and expecting whatever the doctors say. I’d like to see him in this week and I’m hoping he will be there and available.”
On how outside linebacker Bjoern Werner did his first time out?
First time out with the young guys I always congratulate them, say, ‘Hey man, have a great game. You know, it’s your first one ever.’ For that guy it was the same way. He wanted to play the first game but if you’re not right, there’s no reason to go out there and hurt yourself even worse. For Bjoern, had a solid performance. Going from a three-point to a two-point and the speed of the game picks up a little bit, calls are different and this and that. But for the most part he played a solid game. Do I expect more from him? Yeah.”
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