The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

August 6, 2012

Colts returners celebrating new defensive plans



"We’ve been out here practicing amongst the offense. We just want to get that continuity on all phases, offense, special teams and defense and really identify with ourselves what type of team we are going to be this year."

Strong safety Tom Zbikowski, who played in Baltimore's 3-4 hybrid defense, has been impressed by how well his new Indianapolis teammates have been picking things up.

"It’s pretty impressive to take an entirely new scheme and by a week into training camp, really be in the fine nuances of the defense, not trying to still get down some blitzes and some things like that," he voiced, adding that the Colts want to make their own name for themselves on defense and not rely on how the Ravens did things in Baltimore.

“We’re not trying to be Baltimore, we’re trying to be the Indianapolis Colts. We don’t want to take on the personality of another team. That’s taking away from who you are and then you’re only going to be second or third-best to someone else who is that. So we’re trying to have our own personality and our own mentality.”

No plans for Luck against Rams -- Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians confirmed Monday that he's not sure just how long rookie quarterback Andrew Luck will play against the St. Louis Rams Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts open their preseason schedule with St. Louis.

"Still up in the air. We want to see how long we're going to play that first [offensive] line and the entire group. We really haven't sat down and talked about it yet. We'd like to get them about 20 plays, maybe 25," Arians said.

"It's just the number of plays and how we get a feel for how the game is going. Hopefully we don't go three and out, three and out and have to play him into the second quarter. We'd like to get a good drive going. We've got so many guys we want to look at. And it's a long, long season."

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