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Not Just Luck in Indianapolis

Cory Redding on establishing a dominant defense in Indianapolis, and Super Bowl-or-bust expectations

Jenny Vrentas
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JENNY VRENTAS: How much of the Colts defensive scheme, now in its second year, depends on the play of you and the guys up front?

CORY REDDING: A lot. We have to demand two people at all times, and stay true to your gap. It’s so easy to play selfish defense. What I mean by that is, when I’m supposed to stay in my ‘C’ gap, but I see an opening in the ‘B’ gap, to take that chance and jump in there when that’s somebody else’s hole. I have to stay put and play in the framework of the defense. So when I’m in the 5-technique in the ‘C’ gap, I’ve got to be in the ‘C’ gap, and that’s an example of the small things that go a long way in this defense. Coming from Baltimore, I’ve played in this system before, we implemented it here, and I know what it takes. I know how to coach the guys on different positions on the front line, and tell the linebackers behind me how to play off of us. I just lead by example.

VRENTAS: Speaking of your experience with the Ravens, are you trying to create a defensive tradition with the Colts like the one in Baltimore?

REDDING: Of course. That’s the main thing: Establish a defensive presence in Indy where, when somebody turns on the tape, they think it’s 15 guys out there instead of 11. That’s the kind of mindset you want to have. Be very aggressive, smart players. And play for one another. As long as you have 11 guys tuned in, playing for one another, on the same page, great things will happen.

VRENTAS: What are your expectations for the Colts defense this season?

REDDING: My expectation is being here Feb. 2. Period. A lot of people can talk about it, but I truly believe we have the makeup and the people on this team to get it done, and that’s my mindset. We’ve got to go and play every game, prepare every week like it’s our last, and never take it for granted. The one thing we have is an opportunity, and whenever you get an opportunity, you’ve got to make the best of it. We’re working real hard, we’ve got the right mindset, the right makeup, and the guys to do it. So why not do it?

jerreegarcia like.author.displayName 1 Like

jeez is there anything more tired and BORING than an interview with an athlete who says nothing but "Super Bowl or Bust" while launching into 5 or 6 other tired cliches.

MMQB is so vapid


Glad to see someone stepping up in Indy's front seven. Mathis won't be around much longer, so we need a strong defensive leader and role model for the younger guys like Werner.


Every day, every hour, literally ever five minutes there is some mention of Robert Griffin on ESPN. Griffin's gums have flapped non stop since spring. He can't seem to keep his mouth shut. The media tells us repeatedly he is the "franchise", the face of the Redksins, and the entire fortunes of the Redskins rest entirely on Robert Griffin. Never mind Alfred Morris who rushed for 1,600 yards last year. It's ALL Griffin. The Redskins are ALL Robert Griffin. Conversely, the media is telling us that Indianapolis is more than just Andrew Luck. Does anyone see a wee bit difference in the coverage, or is it just me? Andrew Luck has maintained a quiet and professional dignity throughout training camp, as has Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Ryan Tannehill, Carson Palmer, Andy Dalton, Christian Ponder, Alex Smith and a host of others. The only two QB's who have flapped their gums like wings are Robert Griffin and Mike Vick. You can tell me what Indianapolis is or isn't, but I'll tell you this. The Colts were 2-14 without Luck, and 11-5 with him. Do the math. Come to your own conclusions.

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I'd bet good money Luck is the premier QB in the NFL in about 5 years.  The success of certain QB's (RG & Cam) is dictated by the read-option, and that will fade once DC's catch on.  With Harbaugh as his mentor, I see Kaep developing into a very good pocket passer and becoming a top 5 QB, but Luck will be the cream of the crop. He's arguably the brightest mind to ever play QB in the NFL, and has all the physical tools to go with it.

tcb148 like.author.displayName 1 Like

How has Michael Vick flapped his gums? He's done nothing but answer questions asked to him by the media. He's doing what his job requires him to do. Blame Espn and other outlets for their obsession with everything he has to say.