Colts want to get quicker and more athletic players on defense
The Indianapolis Colts have undergone some major changes with their new coaching staff. As a result, a change in scheme was almost an inevitability.
Among the notable changes the Colts will undergo is a switch from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3. In order to do so, new defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus says the team will need quicker player personnel in order to help with the transition, according to Andrew Walker of Colts.com:
“Really the major shift is that we want athletic, speed players that possess quickness, instincts and striking ability,” Eberflus said. “And you should see that on the field. So you’re going to see more speed, more quickness, more athletic ability, and those are the guys that we’re going to want to acquire through the draft, through free agency, and those will be the type of players that we have on our team. So that’s the major shift that you’ll see.”
Changing things schematically on both sides of the ball is always a daunting task. It is even harder for a new coaching staff that still have yet to see their players firsthand in practice. However, it was a necessary change and the Colts have pegged the right man for the job.
This will not be Eberflus’s first time helping a defense transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3 after essentially doing the same job as a linebackers coach with the Dallas Cowboys from 2011-2017. While coaches are optimistic that adopting a Tampa 2 coverage scheme will allow for more playmaking opportunities, the decision could spell trouble for some of the Colts players still on the roster who do not fit that mold.