It has been well documented that stats did not pain the Colts defense in a good light last year. But if you dive deeper, was that really the case?
People will look at the stats from last season and see that the Colts defense ranked near the bottom of the league. Then, they will assume that Colts defense was the main reason for a 4-12 football team. But, if you watched the games, if you noted the turning points, what comes to light is the fact that the Colts defense got some false criticism. A lot of it.
Of course there was the outlier of the Rams game, which by the way… 14 of those 46 points were interception returns, but overall this D kept them in numerous games last year. Lets run through the major ones real quick. Indy first held Arizona to 13 through regulation, and if Brissett doesn’t throw a pick in OT, that defense more than likely keeps the Cardinals at 13. Flash forward to Cincinnati… the Colts shutdown Dalton and the Bengals. Only to lose the game on an interception returned touchdown. I’ll stop their, as I assume you get the point. But trust me, I could list about 4 more games like that.
Am I ripping Brissett or the Colts offense… no! Instead, I’m trying to make sure that people realize the potential that the Colts defense displayed last season, and how this year could be the year it comes to fruition. Having Malik Hooker and Geathers in the secondary, with the ferocious defensive line that the Colts boast, this defense is going to surprise a lot of people, a lot.
This first game against Cincinnati is going to be telling for how the season is going to go. The majority of people are going to be tuned in for Andrew Luck. His first regular season game back, the excitement will definitely be in Lucas Oil Stadium. That’s a fact. But while we all boast our Luck jerseys this sunday, let’s make sure to be on the lookout for this defense. They are here to play.