Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/19/14

As the Indianapolis Colts transition into a new defensive philosophy under Chuck Pagano, some holdover players from the "old era" might just be the types of players Pagano and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky are looking for. Although the Colts defense struggled mightily to stop opponents in 2011, two player, linebackers Kavell Conner and Pat Angerer, were among the league's best in playing the run.

The information comes courtesy of Football Outsiders, a group of football crazy statisticians who are roughly the equivalent of Bill James and his sabermetrics group in baseball. They comb beneath the surface, looking for statistics that tell the story of the game within the game.

One such statistic kept by the Outsiders is defensive "defeats." They define this as any play in which a defender causes a turnover, causes a loss of yardage, or prevents the conversion of a third or fourth down.

When Aaron Schatz and his crew broke down the 2011 individual performances against the run, both Conner and Angerer ranked among the top nine defenders in the league in defeats against the run.

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