When Fili Moala re-signed with the Indianapolis Colts for another one-year deal this past March, the move made very few waves. That’s because Moala doesn’t get as much attention as other defenders like Vontae Davis or Robert Mathis, and as a defensive lineman, that’s understandable.
Moala played in all 16 games in 2013 and, despite showing his limitations, made a career-high 26 tackles along with 1.5 sacks. That was good enough for Ryan Grigson to bring him back as he provides depth to a defensive line that badly needs it.
Moala has also played better under Chuck Pagano’s 3-4 defensive rather than former coach Jim Caldwell’s 4-3, so it was a smart move to bring him back. Moala will never put up huge numbers or be a key contributor to the Colts’ success, but his presence in a 3-4, along with newly-signed free agent Arthur Jones, will allow him to work at his strengths.
As a second-round pick of the Colts in 2009, Moala has made 112 tackles and 3.5 sacks throughout his career.