Indy Mans Up
SI.com's Jim Trotter details Gary Brackett's role in the Colts' newly aggressive D, which could be without injured All-Pro DE Dwight Freeney for the Super Bowl
This season Brackett (58) and the Colts have been markedly more aggressive and creative on defense. In the regular season they blitzed 146 times in passing situations and varied their coverages in the secondary. Previously their cornerbacks played zone almost exclusively, with two safeties deep. The goal was to protect against big plays and force offenses to drive the length of the field. But this year they've played more one-on-one coverage and mixed their zones, splitting the field into quarters and thirds instead of halves.