Yesterday we took a look at the Indianapolis Colts' offense after three games. Today we'll evaluate the progress of the defense and special teams units.
Defensive line: C The new-look defensive line won't get as much attention as the 3-4 scheme is designed for them to simply occupy linemen while the linebackers make the big plays. That being said, their ability to control the line of scrimmage thus far has been inconsistent.
Opposing runners have averaged 4.3 yards per carry which is probably the most telling statistic to measure a defensive line's effectiveness. The Colts have also yielded four runs of more than 20 yards, tied for second most in the NFL. To be fair, that's not all the fault of the defensive line, but they're the first line of defense against the run.
One major factor that has held them back so far has been the absence of Cory Redding. If Redding can stay healthy, look for more production out of the big fellas at the point of attack.
Linebackers: B This u...