ANDERSON, Ind. —
He understands Pagano’s defensive philosophy as well as any player on the roster, and he will be a key to its on-field success.
“He’s been great, coming from Baltimore with the system they had there and the players they had there,” Manusky said. “He’s a big man that’s playing a big game, and he’s a big leader amongst the guys on the defense. He’s been in the system. He knows what it is, and he’s pulling them all together.”
Redding said he’s been very impressed with how quickly his teammates have bought into the hybrid defensive scheme, but that’s no surprise because the defense has a track record of success.
The Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers have been the most prominent 3-4 goliaths in recent years, but the Houston Texans used a similar scheme to make their first playoff appearance and win their first postseason game last year.
Results like that, Redding said, are why he believes so strongly in this system.
He’s not trying to win hearts and minds in Indianapolis.
He’s just trying to win football games.
“I’m just a football player who loves to compete, man,” Redding said. “I love the opportunity to play football. You don’t get too many of these opportunities. I know this is going on year 10 for me, and I’m just seizing every moment. Like I said, I want this for Chuck just as bad as anybody. So that’s why I’m here busting my butt, preaching team, preaching the things that we need to establish here to get this program where it was and where it needs to be. And that’s on top.”