Fueling the FireWritten by Jerraud Powers Friday September 17 2010
Coming in as a second-year starter I can see our defense being much better this season. Everyone is back healthy and it’s our second year under defensive coordinator Larry Coyer. Bob Sanders is back and healthy, that makes our secondary that much better and gives us that much more depth, especially since we added Deshea Townsend. He’s a veteran from the Steelers who knows how to win and he’s already become a leader on the field.
Overall, I think fans will see a different defense than the one they saw last year, with different packages, more guys flying around to the ball and having fun. It will be a good year for the Colts in general.
After losing the Super Bowl you go through every feeling that you can imagine. You know you’re not guaranteed to get back there. You see these guys going into the Hall of Fame, saying they wish they had just had a chance to play in the Super Bowl just once. It was a great learning experience to make it that far, but to come up short, you feel like all that hard work we did, from the off-season and through the regular season and playoffs, really didn’t mean anything.
But that bad taste in our mouths is going to fuel our fire this season. We really want to get back to the Super Bowl and we can taste it.
In my opinion we won’t see a better quarterback this season or a better receiver than Peyton and Reggie Wayne. Together they have been the best tandem in football for years, the way they play together, the timing they have and their understanding of the game. Every day in practice I learn something new. Peyton tells me what reads he’s making on different plays and Reggie also tells me things that can help make me a better player.
I know that if I can make plays against those guys in practice, in my mind I know I can make plays against anybody and that gives me that much more confidence.