BigMusky wrote:the Bears and Colts run the same scheme, have similar coaching tendencies on defense with the only thing different the personal. The bears are the best D in the NFL and Colts one of the worst. So how could someone say losing all those players does not matter because the Tampa 2 is a scheme not dependent on personal. That is the dumbest thing I have heard, of course the Colts defense will be worse this season.
Well, actually they had one of the best pass defenses in the entire NFL all year even without their best secondary player. The guys they're putting in place now at the CB positions are more than capable of keeping that same sort of approach that the former CBs there had because really, those guys weren't pro-bowl caliber players, they were solid and the guys coming in to replace them are solid as well.
The only sizable loss is Cato June, and even then Dungy is well known for being able to put together fantastic LB corps even when he loses players. I've heard good things about Freddie Keiaho who will be stepping in for June this year and they'll have a healthy Gary Brackett this year which is another guy who was struggling from injuries last season.
And really, if you DONT think that Tampa 2 is a scheme in which the CBs matter very little then you really don't know what you're talking about. Tampa 2 is all about bending but not breaking. You grab good tackling CBs and you have them keep the offense in front of you and make tackles and then the key is having that good safety to roam around which they have in Bob Sanders. It's the scheme, not those OK CBs they lost in free agency.
Is it so easy to forget how much of a difference it made having Bob Sanders back in the playoffs? They went from being completely unable to stop anyone in the running game and having one of the worst run defenses this league has ever seen to shutting teams down in the post season. Do you honestly think that the Colts run defense will be as bad or even worse than they were last year? I sure don't think so. Maybe the pass defense drops a bit this year (I'd still easily place them in the top 10), but the run defense wont be as bad as last year.