ANDERSON — Defensive end Cory Redding is hardly ever at a loss for words and after Tuesday morning’s walk-through, he kept that tendency alive.
Redding is entering his second season with the Indianapolis Colts but his 11th season overall. He has emerged as a vocal leader on the team.
His overall assessment of the progress on both sides of the ball reveals his optimism and gift for gab.
“Both sides of the ball are winning,” he said. “Offense is progressing every single day. Protection scheme is getting firmer. All the calls and checks they’re making are great. The ball is getting completed down the field. The running backs are finding the creases in the defense to get the extra yards. On the same side of that coin, the defense, we’re really flying around. We have a more familiar, getting familiarized with the system. Guys are more comfortable now, year two in this defense and just flying around a lot faster. So, both sides of the ball, we’re making plays. That’s what you want to have right now in training camp.”
Obviously his primary concern for Redding is the defense. He didn’t hesitate to describe his favorite aspect of this year’s unit.
“What I like best is you’re not handicapping guys,” said Redding. “You’re not handcuffing them and telling them you have to do this and you have to do that. In this defense it’s interchangeable positions. I can play an end or a nose or a three technique. I can stand up if I want to. I can put my hands down. I have the freedom, and all the guys on the defense have the freedom to do whatever they have to do to get the job done. That’s what I like about it. You just fly around. You never know who is coming and who is not. You can’t really key on too many guys because everybody is interchangeable. You have to learn multiple positions to be very successful in this defense. If you don’t, then offenses can key on this guy, ‘He’s always on the left, he’s always doing this, now when we see that we’re going to attack him.’ But If he lines up on the right, or lines up in the middle or lines up off the line, you can’t really tell what they’re going to do.”