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2009 Colts Defense: We Dare You To Run It

Published by on May 14, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts

The 2009 Indianapolis Colts are projecting a new defensive image that dares opponents to run the football.

Last season, the Colts finished 24th in the league against the run, giving up 123 yards a game on the ground. Opponents stuck to clock-eating, run-heavy game plans, which kept Peyton Manning on the sidelines.

This year, Indianapolis will no longer allow opposing offenses to follow that approach.

Not long after Jim Caldwell took over as head coach, the Colts added Larry Coyer as the new defensive coordinator. Since Coyer's arrival, the Colts have added more size to their linebacking corps and picked up bigger bodies at defensive tackle.

Team President Bill Polian has indicated that they have focused on "getting better against the run up front, particularly at the tackle position."

To that end, three of the four defensive tackles who joined the team since 2008 are over 300 pounds. The fourth is 20 pounds heavier than either of the starting defen...

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