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2009 Indianapolis Colts: Players With Something To Prove

Published by on June 10, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts

The Colts have a lot to be excited about in 2009. The defensive line has received a lot of attention, the secondary is proven, they are sporting a pair of Pro Bowl pass rushers, Peyton Manning is healthy, they have two first round draft picks at running back, and starting left guard Ryan Lilja is nearing a return. The team looks full on talent and deeper at many positions than it has been in a long time. Even more encouraging is that so many players will be entering the season with added motivation. Players tend to play best when they feel a need to distinguish themselves. The best example of this intangible in action is the 2006 Colts defense, who was responsible for most NFL analysts predicting the team's early playoff exit. The defense included corner backs Nick Harper and Jason David who were in contract years. Safety Bob Sanders missed much of the year to injury. Rob Morris, who had long been removed from the starting roster, took over for Gilbert Gardner at strong side li...

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