Originally written on The Colts Authority  |  Last updated 10/19/14
One of the most notable and drastic changes that will be implemented in the great Regime Transition of 2012 is the defensive shift. Not only with the defense likely become much more of a focus under new head coach Chuck Pagano, but the scheme and philosophies of the defense will be drastically different.  Under Bill Polian and Tony Dungy (and his predecessor, Jim Caldwell), the Colts ran a Tampa-2 defense, a Cover-2, 4-3 base defense. This defense was designed to value speed and sound tackling, and is known as the "conservative" defense. The two deep safeties were designed to prevent the big play, and the reliance on the speed rush by the defensive ends allowed the defense to conserve leads built by the explosive, Manning-led offense.  New head coach Chuck Pagano brings a completely different philosophy from Baltimore, where the 3-4 defense and chaotic, unpredictable schemes rule the day. This drastic change has brought up some very critical questions in transitioning,...
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