28 Dec 2006
It looks like Colts' defensive coordinator Ron Meeks has at least one supporter in Indianapolis and it's the head coach. Tony Dungy says he hasn't lost confidence in Meeks: "Last year we were No. 2 in scoring defense and doing a lot of good things. What's different? Nothing's different other than last year we lost two (games) and this we've lost four.'' If by "nothing" Dungy mean "a lot of stuff," then I agree. The Colts were 8th in defensive DVOA in 2005 (4th against the pass, 17th against the run) and this year they rank 26th (19th against the pass, 31st against the run). Granted, the team has been without Corey Simon and Bob Sanders for virtually the entire season, but the defense's inability to tackle seems to be more of an issue than the injuries.
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Possibly the closest Super Bowl matchup in history also poses the question: how much does it mean when certain aspects of an NFL team improve dramatically in the second half of the season?