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Indianapolis Colts

November 25, 2012

Colts need to improve on special teams



Maalouf, who is in his first year as the Colts' special teams coordinator, knows that his coverage units will be tested this afternoon.
"It's a lot of young guys with not a lot of experience," he said this past week. "What we're trying to do is to pack an entire time that we spent with guys that are still on the team from two-a-days and try to condense that in such a limited amount of time. A little bit of turnover with the roster, along with some injuries, effects special teams a lot."
He realizes, though, that fans could care less about injuries and roster moves. The vast majority of the Colts' supporters just want their team to be successful in all areas. No excuses are good enough.  Maalouf understands their feelings.
"It's about results. Absolutely. We still have to do our job. That doesn't change anything. We need big games from Pat [McAfee]. We need big games from Vinnie [Adam Vinatieri]. And we've got to cover [kicks] like we've covered in the past," he said. 
"If the wrong things happen at the wrong time, what happened last week [against New England] could be a result of it. That's what we're trying to avoid. Especially when you go against great returners. We're going to see it [today]. They've got two exceptional returners. You've got to play with great technique and like our hair's on fire."
Containing McKelvin and Smith will be vital to the Colts' success this afternoon.
"I don't there are two other returners in the league who are on the same team that are as good as these guys. You're going against two primary kick returners. We've got a big task ahead of us," Maalouf said.

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