What ails the run defense?

What ails the run defense?

There are 9 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Oct 19, 2006, titled What ails the run defense?. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

The grumbling grows by the week, intermingled by occasional boos from the RCA Dome crowd.

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Brian

Providence, RI

#1 Oct 20, 2006
Good article. The problem is accurately described, but the "solution" is a whimsical flight into fantasy. The defense hopes to stop the run by having the offense get the lead so the defense can do the ONLY thing they are set up to do - play the pass. Pro Bowler Dwight "I'm looping and spinning no matter what" Freeney embodies the Colts' defensive attitude. The Colts are one-dimensional defensively, in both physical and emotional makeup, and the rest of the NFL knows it. The NFL is a tackle football league, and a stereotypical dome team will NEVER get over the hump. Until the Colts spend some money on defense ( and not just on pash rush specialists), this team will continue to fail, and the decline will soon become precipitous.
ricky lott

Newington, CT

#2 Oct 20, 2006
I don't believe size matters that much except you must have one big body in the middle to anchor the center and make them run to the gap were are faster guys can beat them to.
johnnyufan

Brookfield, WI

#3 Oct 20, 2006
Right now, it looks like the only way the Colts are going to improve their run defense is to follow Mike Doss' advice: Have Peyton and the offense get a big lead, force the opposition to pass and let the fast little defenders run to the quarterback. And I don't know that will work with teams like New England and Denver. 11-5 and early playoff exit, here we come.
Tex in Indy

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Oct 20, 2006
Brian wrote:
Good article. The problem is accurately described, but the "solution" is a whimsical flight into fantasy. The defense hopes to stop the run by having the offense get the lead so the defense can do the ONLY thing they are set up to do - play the pass. Pro Bowler Dwight "I'm looping and spinning no matter what" Freeney embodies the Colts' defensive attitude. The Colts are one-dimensional defensively, in both physical and emotional makeup, and the rest of the NFL knows it. The NFL is a tackle football league, and a stereotypical dome team will NEVER get over the hump. Until the Colts spend some money on defense ( and not just on pash rush specialists), this team will continue to fail, and the decline will soon become precipitous.
This week is not the real test by far but I still se us holding the Redskirts under a hundred rushing yards. When we smoke New England in Foxboro then you can eat your pretty little evaluation.
Walter Skinner

Toledo, OH

#5 Oct 20, 2006
Seems the Colts are suffering from the Rob Morris Syndrome...that is, poor tackling, overreacting, and not finishing tackles. They've shown flashes where they can shut a team's running game down (see 1st quarter against the Jets...and second half against the other teams), but for some reason they can't seem to go a whole game playing that way.

I would think that if they force a team to throw, then their pass rushing specialists will take over the game.

Teams know they can run on the Colts because the Colts, quite honestly, are NOT playing the run. There is a solution and Tony Dungy is the guy to figure it out. Meeks? I'm not sold on him. Never have been.

Anyway, this is the week the Colts have to establish some semblance of a run stopping defense. After all, the schedule doesn't get any easier from here on out.
Walter Skinner

Toledo, OH

#6 Oct 20, 2006
POSTSCRIPT TO MY OTHER POST:

Quoting another poster who said: "Pro Bowler Dwight "I'm looping and spinning no matter what" Freeney embodies the Colts' defensive attitude. The Colts are one-dimensional defensively, in both physical and emotional makeup, and the rest of the NFL knows it. The NFL is a tackle football league, and a stereotypical dome team will NEVER get over the hump."

Since when is it written that Dome teams can't do it all? That's a myth. And the Colts aren't one-dimensional. Have we forgotten last year's team that finished second in points allowed? That's not a fluke. The current team has problems that are fixable. And, incidentally, they have spent some $$$$$ on defense. Robert Mathis ring a bell? Look at some of the past draft picks, too.

Remember, too, that marquee defenses can encounter problems. Arizona almost pulled a rabbit out of their hat against the Bears. Arizona of all teams. And da Bears....sometimes it ain't all it's cracked up to be.

The Colts will get over this. Wait and see.
Lost in Space

Circleville, OH

#7 Oct 20, 2006
Until they get their size issues fixed, they will continue to have problems stopping the run. McFarland should help, but there needs to be more. There is mention in this article about the ends of the Bears. What isnít mentioned is the size of the Bears line backers and the size of the defensive tackles. Both Tommy Harris and Ian Scott weigh over three hundred pounds, and Urlacher weighs in at 258. Harris and Scott plug up the middle and Urlacher is big enough and strong enough to take on big running backs one on one.

Also if you noticed, teams playing the Colts are getting smarter. How many big runs were there straight up the middle? Stay away from the speed and turn it into power football is the way to beat the Colts.
AJ Sims

Carmel, IN

#8 Oct 20, 2006
This article is depressing. The colts are doing a great job, its comments like this that bring doubt, not fact. The fact is that Coach Dungy and his team have beat the odds and they are a strong team. I am very proud of the Colts....Go Colts
r britten

United States

#9 Oct 20, 2006
I think the colts tackling problems are they are just bad tacklers.You can't fix a problem when they lack the proper hiting skills.This has been a underlining problem for some time now.We are still able to win games so people didn't have much concern.

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