Inside The Bills

Colts big plays keep defenses honest

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2012 – 3:22 pm

We’ve covered in detail the Colts’ league-leading big play attack. Indy is tops in the league in pass plays of 20 yards or more with 45 in just 10 games. Head coach Chan Gailey explains how it really puts the safeties on the spot to have their best possible run-pass recognition of the season.

“What you have to do is get your defensive backs to understand where the ball is going,” Gailey told “The safeties don’t play quite as tight, they don’t bite on the run fake quite as hard. They make sure exactly what is happening before they commit to the run game. And that’s what has allowed their run game to be fairly successful as well. They’ve been able to run the play fake, get deep and then they hand the ball off and those safeties are playing a little soft and coming up late. So it’s a tough offense to defend. They’re doing a good job with it and Luck handles it extremely well.”

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