The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

August 6, 2012

Colts returners celebrating new defensive plans



The possibility of making mistakes early on is not deterring the Colts coaching staff. They are committed to the 3-4 hybrid defensive package.

“I think that is the best thing about a 3-4, you just don’t know where [the pressure] is going to be coming from. From our standpoint, if they want to double [outside linebacker] Dwight [Freeney], than that is great," Manusky explained.

"Maybe we will drop him a little bit and send [outside linebacker] Robert [Mathis] and put him on the match-ups that we are looking to get. We are looking to get Robert or Dwight on a tight end or a running back. I will take that every day.”

Aggressiveness is the key.

"We want to strike people and we want to separate from people. We don’t want any [trading plays] one-for-ones. We want to make sure we can kick a player’s butt and then go make the play. That’s what we talk about," the Colts' defensive coordinator said.

"The first thing is we got to make sure we stop the run by setting the edge with the two guys we got on the edge [Freeney and Mathis] and the second thing is never trade one-for-one. I think across the board guys can beat guys across the board. And then the third thing is we just have to have a tempo each and every snap and each and every play."

Still learning -- Free safety Antoine Bethea knows that Indianapolis' defensive unit still has a lot of work to do before the regular season gets underway. They'll get the first real test Sunday when the St. Louis Rams visit Lucas Oil Stadium for the Colts' preseason opener.

“We’re still working. We’re most definitely getting more comfortable with it. The coaches, they’re doing a great job just going back and installing the packages, really every day. The more we see different routes, the more combinations we see, the more comfortable that we will be," Bethea said Monday.

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