With a new defensive coordinator running the show and a new system in place, everyone wants to know the same thing; will the Colts defense be better?
The Colts are implementing a brand new system on the defensive side. They also have a new defensive coordinator in Matt Eberflus. The main thing that everyone wants to know is if the defense will be any better.
The good news is it’s hard to be much worse than they were last season. They ranked near the bottom in every major statistical category. But to be fair, the unit was ravished by injuries so they never got to play to their full potential during the course of the season.
Playing a 4-3 base suits the Colts so much better. Most teams that play in a stadium with turf have 4-3 defenses because it allows the defensive ends to come downhill much faster. They are able to rush the passer more effectively. That did not happen with the Colts last year in a 3-4.
The personnel also fits the scheme better than it did in years past. The Colts would try to find someone that had more experience in a 4-3 and try to plug them into a 3-4. That did not work effectively and ended up costing the Colts a lot of yards.
Matt Eberflus should have the team in much better shape this year. First off, they will get healthier. Secondly, the new system should highlight the strengths of the Colts better players as well. This allows them to put the best players on the field and allow them to excel in whatever area they do best.
Colts fans know that the defense should only improve, and so far training camp has shown that. Hopefully they continue to progress.