I'm Lourdes Owen and this is coleslaw and we're in for another time.
It's that time, right? It's that time of the week.
Wednesday's Hey, film room breakdowns.
Yes, I'm always excited to do these.
We talked about defense.
Is we talked about offensive lines? We talked about the passing game.
Let's talk about the number one defense in the NFL.
The number one pass defense.
The Colts have the number one pass defense and the number one or number three run defense in the entire NFL.
Now what's making this past defense Click for the Colts, Right? Last year they were like 23rd in the NFL, 23rd, and now they're number one through six weeks going into their bye for weeks.
Coming in Week eight.
Going up against Detroit Lions and Matt Stafford and all those guys.
So that's what I decided to break down.
I've had a few people that specifically asked me four breakdown on this past defense and why they are so good.
And I'm telling you, the Colts have done an amazing job.
What they've done, they've got great linebackers, which are you need linebackers when you play his own defense.
Good fast, rangy linebackers.
Last couple weeks. Darius Leonard.
Think ain't been there, right? He's had a groin injury, so they relied on Bobby Ocurre IKI and Anthony Walker.
Those are your two guys.
That linebacker, they let go appear to see her.
Last year, he was their number one corner.
Earlier this season, Mully cooker goes out with an Achilles tear.
How are they still the best? Well, let's talk about rookie Julian Blackmon.
Let's talk about second year safety Qari Willis.
Let's talk about second year cornerback Rock Yasin.
That nickel corner.
Yeah, he's pretty darn solid.
Was paid the highest in the NFL for any nickel corner just a couple years back.
Undrafted free agent from the New England Patriots came to the Colts.
Doesn't even fit the style that Chris Ballard loves with the tall and long arms and rangy.
No, but Kenny more plays with a lot of grit.
And then, of course, that big time off season pickup.
No, not the force Buckner.
Granted, he helps good pass rush, Obviously not Philip Rivers.
He don't help with the pass defense.
Let's talk about the most underrated offseason signing for the Colts this season was Xavier Rhodes.
The guys that every Viking Span thought was awash.
He was washed out because the last two season he's been terrible.
No, it's because he's been injured.
And the fact that the Vikings kept him on the field while injured rather than letting him he'll up and get back to us all pro form so that he could play? No, they force in the play Injured.
I said in my film rooms of him beginning of the year.
Hey, watch this when he's healthy in 2018 and 2019 when he was healthy, he was playing it all pro level.
And then you get hurt and the Vikings would force him to stay on there, and it completely demolished what he was able to do on the field.
Well, right now he's healthy, and with the Colts, he's back at playing that all Pro level enough of me talking about it.
Hey, let's get into this actual film room and see what I'm actually talking about here, shall we? All right, so the first place I wanna go over is the big 67 yard bomb downfield to tee Higgins.
All right? And everybody wants to blame it on Rockets in I don't think this is on Rock.
And here's here's your situation that you're gonna have We're gonna have a blitz.
A corner blitz right here.
Um, yeah, Kenny more is gonna take a corner blitz.
And that's gonna leave No.
One, No one on this receiver, which puts rock in a very tight situation.
A very like between a rock and a hard place, Because back here, right here's the guy that needs to cover him.
That's Julian Blackmon.
The rookie has had a lot of playtime this year.
Alright, Still still a rookie.
So it's a rookie mistake.
Let's watch the place, see how it unfolds, and I'll show you what I'm talking about.
Now he's wide open and there's the pass.
He takes off downfield all the way down to the 23 yard line.
Now let's watch this in slow mo, and I'll show you exactly what I'm talking about.
See, there goes Kenny.
Nobody's on him.
Alright, Julian's watching him, but he's way too deep now.
He's gotta play deep because he's got to make sure him or him goes deep, but he's gotta He's gotta have quick reaction.
There's way too much space right here.
Okay, Granted, I get it.
You got this zone and this zone, but he's gotta have a little bit.
He's gotta be a little tighter here.
You can't give up 12 yards now.
As soon as this break happens, he stops and breaks rocks screwed.
He has to stop because he don't know.
Do I come up here to stop this? Because if I do oh, crap, he's going down the field now Blackman's taken off, but he's still He's taken off.
He's still way too far behind.
He should have been a lot closer.
And that put Rocket a bad spot because technically, he's still in his own because he's got this right.
And if he cuts back here, that's his own.
You can't let this happen.
Julian played this way too soft and put Rock in a bad spot because he was scared that, you know, once he cuts back, this is wide open, easy, lots of yardage.
First down, yardage guaranteed and that hurts him.
Put rock in a bad spot and because he stopped to say hello.
He just blew right by him.
Easy, catch and run.
60 some yards, nothing rockin do about it.
It's supposed to be able to trust the other defenders around him and Blackman as good as he's been.
I'm not saying he's a bad safety.
He's made some fantastic place, but that was a rookie mistake.
That was a rookie mistake.
And there are times during games that rookie mistakes can cost the entire team big.
Now I'm sure Julian is a smart guy.
He's gonna learn from this and it won't happen again in the future.
And things like this won't happen to the rest of the team.
But that's what happened right here.
This had nothing to do with rocks screwing up.
This was Julian Blackmon putting rock in a bad spot.
You know, this play right here is the reason why the Colts gave up 300 yards passing to Joe Burrow.
This play right here had this play not happened.
Had Julian Blackmon seen this play before and and known what was gonna happen if it wasn't for the rookie situation that was going on right here granted learning experience, like I said, But still had this not happened, Joe Burrow would only thrown for 250 yards.
Not 200 are 313.
So that is why heated through for under 250 yards in this game.
And that's still more than what? The cult culture giving up less than 200 yards through the air every game.
But that play right there.
That's why the Colts gave up 300 yards passing.
All right, now let's talk about this play.
First off, I want to point out something before this play happens.
Oh, my goodness.
Look, you here like this? That's an offensive tackle fitting out here.
Uh, wide receiver.
He's actually on the now he's gonna move to the inside on motion as you watched.
You got a god that big out here? Split wide as eligible.
What are you expecting? Oh, you're You're so expecting this.
This to be a run for Joe mixing out right behind the tackle right immediately.
And so is the defense.
Oh, Mike, this is a good designed play call by Cincinnati here. Alright.
Great designed play call the when you got an offensive lineman split wide eligible.
And And to throw on that is even more unbelievable.
But that's exactly what happens.
Let's let's watch this play.
There's to take pitch.
He rolls out to his right, throws the football.
Nice. By Xavier Rhodes.
All right, look you That was ugly, wasn't it? All right, we're going to go all the way over here.
We're gonna watch it from this side because it's a lot better angle.
Take pitch, throws the ball. Oh, nice.
That Xavier Rhodes, my guy, That Xavier Rhodes.
Alright, so we're gonna go to slow Mo immediately.
You see the entire line they're pushing, which immediately makes you think one.
They all shift pushing to the left.
So all the linebacker shift pushed.
That's 12345678 guys, right now in the box for the colts to stop this run, which is beautiful because it's not a run.
He fakes the pitch and then immediately turns and goes the other direction.
Did you see that? This is supposed to be an easy catch and run for him.
82 fakes blocking takes off.
He sees it. As soon as he lets off.
He sees it and turns upfield with him.
That is beautifully smart, because this ball is supposed to go to 82 straight down.
This is supposed to be a big play to number 82 down the field and Kenny More seen it and turned upfield with him.
Now the number two receiver.
There's only two options here.
82 then Mike Thomas.
No, not the Mike Thomas from the Saints.
Mike Thomas on the Bengals.
But here Xavier Rhodes.
Mike Thomas has got a nice little split with him, right? He's got a little bit of a room that toe to get some play.
Borough sees this like Heck, man, he's got a step and a half on him.
But he don't realize Xavier Rhodes is healthy.
He's a big guy with really long arms and good speed when he's healthy.
So as he breaks away, Borough throws his football, throws it in a great place right out in front of Mike Thomas.
He already is closing up and diving towards the football roads gets out there, gets a hand in there.
Knocks that ball loose.
Great play by Xavier Rhodes.
I don't know if you could see him up here, but 82 was actually open downfield.
If he'd have thrown that football inside, the safety wouldn't have been able to get over there to get to him.
But he want He took the check down pass, which is what borough has been doing all season.
And why roads got that in there.
Xavier Rhodes has been playing outstanding football through the first six weeks for the Indianapolis Colts.
I mean, he's a Pro Bowl contender without any question so far this year.
Alright, so everybody and their mother knows that the Indianapolis Colts likes to run cover to ah lot.
Well, yeah, yeah.
You look at this is more of a cover three.
Okay, we got third.
You can't do anything here.
All right? We have a single high safety right here.
The ball is going to go to Mr A.
Green Ages Gonna run a little short, uh, poster out right here.
All right, little inside.
To where they're supposed to be an empty spot in the zone.
He's gonna run towards the empty spot in his own.
He's seen this a million times.
It's a J. Green Borough knows it, too.
He's like, You know what? This is the play that we're gonna go to.
This is the timing throw, and it's blown up by none other.
Then who? Xavier Freaking Rhodes.
Let's watch the play.
Oh, roads closed, baby roads closed, roads closed.
All right, so he takes off and right here he sees as soon as a J.
Green gets around that defender.
What? He's watching him.
He's gonna make sure you don't go deep, but he's paying attention.
As soon as a J gets around that defender, you see him close in and use him and tight.
Come right in here where there's the empty zone.
Because this guy is going to bring Bobby Okereke over, and there'll be a good passing lane right here, right in front of roads, Right? A J green should have a nice little easy catch right here.
And it would be for a first down because right here, right up here is the first down marker, right.
First down markers right in here.
So he's got to do is come in here, this little zone spot, catch this Roads sees it as soon as he breaks roads, breaks, goes right toe where that empty spot.
Because you know what? Just because just because the offense knows where the hole in the zone is, you don't think the defense knows, too.
He was expecting him to go there, broke on the ball, got in there, got that arm in there at the last second.
Knocked that ball away.
Who that Xavier Rhodes showing that mean that two of the best right or once was a J.
Green used to be one of the best receiver top three in the NFL.
At one point, he was considered maybe the best in the NFL.
Xavier Rhodes was once one of the best corners in the NFL.
I still say he is because of how he's playing, and I've said it since the beginning of the season, since you know, the Colts picked him up and I watched his freaking film the last couple of years.
When he's healthy, he is a bad man and this right here shows that as well.
He did a great job knocking that passed down, realizing where he was going and what he was doing with the football right? He knew he was going for that empty spot in the zone.
Great, knocked down, great.
Now it's time to talk about the unsung hero for the Indianapolis Colts secondary.
Kenny More the slot corner right here, right? Kenny More is on Tyler Boyd, and it's a simple little route.
I mean, this is very simple.
The guy do is get to the 11 yard line to get a first down.
Alright, 11 yard line.
They're sitting up.
They need to get to the 11. It's eight yards.
Very simple Boy is gonna take a little inside cut right here.
Go towards the 11 yard line.
It should be right in the zone, right, right in the empty spot of the zone.
Well, he's got to do is throw right right to him.
Let's watch the play and the ball snapped.
Throws the football Bam! Now, as we go through this, I want to say toe, have a good zone defense.
You have tow, have very good linebacking corps because they're they're the ones that's covering the center of the field right in your zone, and the Colts have three very good ones.
Bobby Oak Creek has been absolutely outstanding in the second year.
Anthony Walker has been solid this year.
In his fourth year, he made big jumps last year.
This year, he's made even bigger jumps in his past defense.
He's been known as a ah coaching linebacker and very, very solid against the run.
He's been exceptional against the past.
This year, let's watch this play here from this angle.
You'll see them come right into the corner.
Bam, boom! Now, if we watch, it's actually pretty beautiful.
Borough is gonna take the snap and look over here at the two wide receivers.
Now that's not who he's going to.
He's just gonna draw the defense, make him not realize, see, Look, he's looking that way, using his eyes, and he looks over immediately to the guy he knows he wants to throw to because he's going towards sticks.
That's who he's going to towards the sticks, right? He wants the first down because he's so called.
He's only three yards from a safety right here.
He wants to get out of here, so they're going for a first down.
This is a very good play by borough but an excellent play bike anymore.
And Anthony Walker Jr because Anthony is staring him down, right? He is staring him down, sees he's getting ready to launch his football.
He changes direction as he sees where he's looking as he winds up.
Look, look at that. He's winding up.
Walker immediately is in.
I got a sprint that direction.
He's not 100% sure whether it's gonna be short or deep, but he's already sprinting in that direction right now as he winds up to throw the football.
That tells you Anthony Walker doesn't is no slouch.
This guy puts 100% into everything that he does very good.
Now he throws this football very good place, right? He's putting it here.
But look, and then he's got position.
He's a bigger he's a lot bigger.
Boyd is then que anymore.
So we should have it.
He reaches out for the football.
Good placement right out in front.
But as the ball gets there, this is Yes, he's right up on him right now.
He's right up on him right now, trying to reach his arm in and he hits him.
I mean, just a hair early.
Just it's too close to call.
But look, Walker was there to hit him, too.
Why was Walker there to hit him? A swell helped jar the ball loose.
A lot of these plays, the ball's knocked out because they get hit as the ball gets there, knocks the ball loose.
They might have the football, but the ball gets knocked loose.
Julian Blackmon does that in this game is, well, knocks the ball loose.
You know, right as the ball gets there or right after the ball gets there, they don't have time to secure it.
It's about running to the football and hitting as soon as you possibly can, because if you hit him immediately, you could jar that football loose.
And it's either a fumble or an incomplete pass.
It's is beautifully played by both Kenny More and Anthony Walker Jr.
Great great play.
So Watts of past defense, his best friend pass rush, and on this play, you're going to see a nice pass rush just from the front four right here.
You got DeForest Buckner, Justin Houston, DeForest Buckner is going to use Justin Houston as a pick for his own guy, and he's gonna get around the edge.
You get pressure on Borough.
Let's watch the play.
Did you see that? That was gorgeous.
Now he throws the football.
Oh, man, that that sucked the B T.
Higgins right there.
Higgins was scared to death when he caught that football or when he was reaching up for that football.
There's no question about it.
All right, so now watch.
Watch Buckner right here.
Watch how he uses Justin Houston.
He swats his arms, then goes around.
He used Justin Houston as a pick to get around on a free shot for Borough, and he uses the speed and bit look that he turned that corner on a dime and gets there as he throws the football.
Now, Borough does a good job of placing this football, a very good job of placing this because look, it's right here.
Higgins going up to attack the football like a receiver supposed to do.
But there's a ton of people around him, and Roxanne is right behind him.
He's got position on rock he's going up to attack him, just like a receiver supposed to.
This should be an easy catch for a first down, but the Colts are a physical swarm mentality defense, even on pass defense.
He catches the football and look what happened.
Rock Bear hugs him at the point of attack as he catches the football he bear, hugged him, wrap both arms around his arms and brought him down to his waist at the elbows, which means he was unable to control the football.
Now, when a situation like this happens, you've got 12345 colts around here.
They're all coming in.
What happens? Sometimes this ball comes up in the air.
This is why they use a swarm defense.
This is why the Colts lead the NFL and interceptions.
Because when you hit like this, the ball is does funny things.
Okay? The ball does funny things, and sometimes, instead of going to the ground, sometimes it hits something and gets popped up in the air.
And when you got five guys coming in, if that ball is popped up, one of these blue jerseys is coming up with the football.
One of them right, because, I mean, it's gonna pop up.
You got all kind of opportunities toe catch this football, go the other direction.
Now that didn't happen on this play, but it's happened Ah, few times, Um, later on before in this season.
But Rock does a great job on that play, right at the point of attack, right at the point of attack, where he closes in.
He knows he's be.
He knows he cannot contest this catch.
So he does the next best thing.
And that's Bear hugs him from his arms to make him drop that football beautifully played beautifully, played by rock Yasin in his sop****re season, a cornerback Earlier in this game, Joe Burrow hit and burnt Rock Yasin for a 63 yard pass.
He figures Why not try him again, this time with a J.
Frene, right? Let's go for a 44 yard touchdown against Rock.
Maybe we'll catch him again.
Crap, that ain't happening this time.
Let's watch you got rock and A J Borough is going to come out here on a nice little bootleg, and that's I mean, you're going to see that a lot because this offensive line is not very good and because it's not very good.
The best way of doing stuff like this is to send him out on bootlegs and stuff.
That way he can create time on his own with his own legs.
And that's what they do here, because they started getting pressure on them in the second half.
Now let's go and watch this as it unfolds.
First off, Click Slough hit play.
First off, that's, Ah, hold all day long, but still can.
He comes up throw, you know, getting pressure.
He had to throw the football.
Let's get down here.
Now, look, Here's rock.
There's a J rock staring a j down, staring him down balls right here at the last second, A J reaches his harms out.
Look at the timing rock.
As soon as a J brings his arms out to catch this football walks arm comes out immediately.
I mean, it was instantaneous.
Look, right now, his arms not out, neither arm is out.
Then arm comes out, arm comes up, reaches out, swats that ball away right across the forearms of a J green.
That was beautifully done.
That's how you defend that passed.
That is gorgeous.
There was no contact until the ball got there, and as soon as, and A J was smart, A J did not bring his hands out until that ball literally was right there.
But rocks reaction was so instantaneous and simultaneous with a J that he was able to knock that ball out at the last second each and every time.
That was beautifully done.
Well, under the balls right here and neither one of them.
My goodness, as soon as his arm comes out, rocks arm comes out, swats down, ball goes out.
Man, I'll tell you what every team had Rockets in on one side and Xavier Rhodes on the other.
There'll be a lot less passing in the NFL, a lot less touchdowns in the NFL.
I'll guarantee that.
Remember I said earlier that linebackers gotta play pass defense, too, especially when into zone.
You gotta be ableto handle guys on this play.
It's his own defense.
Borough is gonna throw over here.
I said earlier, second year, he's gonna be solid and pass defense.
Let's watch this play tight end.
Oh, man, He tries to throw the tide in and Bobby breaks so fast, so fast.
But there was no chance.
Well, the receiver to catch this football.
Watch the tide in watch.
Bobby is all over him.
He takes off Bobby staring, staring, looking at Borough.
Now he's looking at, looks back.
He sees he throws the football breaks on the football, gets that arm in there, knocks that baby out.
That is as tighter coverage you could do.
That was beautifully done.
Bobby almost had an interception this game, but the problem was, he's got a broken thumb.
Yeah, he just had surgery on a broken thumb.
I think four days before this game, four days before this game and he's out here playing like this.
What, Are you kidding me, man? Like I said, man, when Darius Leonard comes back, he's been out for two weeks because of a groin injury.
When Darius Winter comes back, who led the NFL among linebackers last year with 12 pass defense and five interceptions last year at linebacker? Bobby Oh is doing just this good.
He doesn't have the interceptions.
He's got a couple, I think already, but he's got to turn a pass defense.
Anthony Walker is doing a great job, too.
When the courts by week goes out and they come back against Detroit, they're gonna have a fully healthy defense with everybody on the field.
I mean, the Colts.
Like I said against the Bengals and the Browns, they did not have Darius Leonard.
And still, they did not allow 300 yards passing on either of these teams.
So yeah, great place, great plays.
I think that Bobby oh is gonna end up being a great Yeah.
I mean, he already is a great addition.
But when Bobby Okereke came into the draft, you know what everyone compared him to Darius Freaking Leonard.
So I mean, come on, Right, you got to Gary.
It's Leonard's basically on the team.
And then Anthony Walker, who was just a stud on his own right, different skill set, but still a stud.
So this team is is set at linebacker and with the additions they've got with Carrie Willis at strong safety, with Julian Blackmon now at free safety, now that Malik Hooker is gone and, uh, second year corner rock usan you got Kenny more, you know, at the nickel And then, of course, the pickup of Xavier Rhodes is just so underrated.
And then if someone gets hurt, you got T. J.
Carey, who's came in from the Browns.
Who's played quite well.
Yeah, this is a great secondary for the Indianapolis schools.
And that's why they are the number one pass defense in the NFL.
The thing about Matty brief loses defense is that he goes into every game in his base cover to scheme.
Okay, so certain teams who are going into these games preparing to face the Colts are going to see this base cover to scheme, and they're going to scheme against it.
So there is a chance, very much like against the Browns and the Bengals, where they have a good scheme.
And that first quarter is going to be kind of not so good looking against the Indianapolis Colts.
Okay, the Colts might give up some passes, might give up some yards, but the beauty about what Matt Bieber flutes is able to do with the skill sets of the players that he has with the fast, rangy linebackers and the big corners, the physical corners, the defense and blind everything, and he's able to adjust to those and make his adjustments in game.
As it happens, what happened against the Bengals Bengals jump out to a big 21? Nothing lead, basically in the first quarter, is only a few seconds into the second when they scored that 21 and then Ebert Flutes was able to make those adjustments.
And then it was a complete lock down afterwards, the Colts gave up hardly any yardage after that first quarter.
Any point after that first quarter because of what he has.
He has the players, the personnel and he's been in this scheme now for three years.
These guys have, so they understand.
He's ableto change things, mixed things up.
Rather than just stay in that base scheme throughout an entire game.
He could bring in blitzes from wherever he wants.
He can adjust the coverages.
He could flip them in and out of man.
He's able toe to show one thing.
Give another by hiding what kind of pass defense they're actually doing and the players are buying into it and trusting one another, make knowing that the guy next to him is going to do their job.
Even the rookies, even you know, when Rock was with with black men in that first video, you know that first clip, Rocky said.
After that, put it out of his mind.
Blackmon put it out of his mind, and he continued to do that actual, that first play.
They tried that later in the game.
I forgot to bring that up on this clip.
Blackman got an interception to close the game out off pretty much the exact same play, but Blackman closed in because he learned from this first mistake's.
Not only do the Indianapolis Colts have the Onley team defense in the NFL, that's allowing less than 200 yards passing a game.
They also lead the NFL in interceptions as a team with 10.
That's right, 10 interceptions.
It's not Pittsburgh.
It's not New England.
It's not Baltimore, right? It's not Tampa Bay or the 40 Niners.
No, it's Indianapolis leads the NFL in interceptions there.
The also the only team that have at least two pick sixes as a defense.
No other team has more than one, so I wanna thank everybody that's been here with me on SportsCastr as I did the all 22 film room breakdown here on SportsCastr Breaking down the number one pass defense in the NFL.
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