QUIZ: Name every NFL Defensive Player of the Year since 1971

The AP has awarded its Defensive Player of the Year Award to the NFL's most outstanding defender since 1971. How many can you name?
January 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Past 30 NFL Defensive Players of the Year

January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

If Packers Defense Fails, Will Dom Capers Take the Fall?

Aside from Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews’ strip of Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall in Super Bowl XLV, the Packers’ defense has been lost in the shuffle. It could be many things - bad draft picks, underachieving players, injuries, or poor coverage on the deep ball. However, it could ultimately lead to defensive coordinator Dom Capers being shown the...
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August 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike McCarthy: the Evolving Coach Not Afraid of Change and Risk

We’ve all heard the adage that the NFL stands for “Not For Long.” Either you keep up and adapt, or you find a new line of work. Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has received plenty of criticism for hanging onto loyalties and not making the change when he probably should have. The most notable examples include sticking with defensive coordinator Dom Capers and special...
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Geathers Could Be Safety Colts Wished Sanders, Landry Had Been

With the 109th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected safety Clayton Geathers. Geathers is a tough, run stopping safety that the Colts have been looking for since the oft-injured Bob Sanders left Indianapolis, and Geathers looks the part at 6’2” and 218lbs.The Colts attempted to replace Sanders with LaRon Landry in 2013. However, injuries and PED use cut...
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May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

An Ode to LaRon Landry

This is a tale of a fall from the sky A cap clearing move on a once “horseshoe guy” From the 20-12 Pro Bowl, right into the streets LaRon Landry has managed quite the defeat   Hailed as a savior when he came to town, The muscle-bound man never forced a fourth down “Bob Sanders,” they said when he took Grigson’s cash But that was a sad desperate link to the past   He’ll...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinals Finalize Defensive Coaching Staff

With defensive coordinator Todd Bowles leaving town to take the New York Jets head coaching job, the Arizona Cardinals had big shoes to fill. The team made the long-awaited decision and named his replacement on February 4th. They didn’t have to look far to find their man. Linebackers coach James Bettcher has been promoted and will be Arizona’s defensive coordinator moving forward...
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February 07, 2015  |  Discuss

James Bettcher Named Defensive Coordinator

The decision was made a while ago but the official announcement was just made yesterday. James Bettcher, the former outside linebackers coach, will be the defensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals, according to Darren Urban on the team’s official site. (Head Coach Bruce) Arians said last week it was important to stay in-house for the new coordinator because he didn’t want...
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February 05, 2015  |  Discuss

What really grinds my gears: Inconsistency along the defense

If you are a Indianapolis Colts fan than you can agree, that never, at least in recent years, have you been confident that the teams defense is one of the best in the league. Yeah, the Colts have had premier players in the likes of Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis, and Bob Sanders(when healthy), but as a unit, we could never be confident in the fact that is Peyton Manning, or now, Andrew...
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August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Colts Countdown to Kickoff: No. 21 Bob Sanders

Whether you call him “The Hitman”, “The Eraser” or “Bullet Bob”, just don’t call Bob Sanders’ time as an Indianapolis Colt a waste.After an injury-plagued eight years in the NFL, many observers discredit Sanders’ impact on the franchise. As a player who only played in six or more games twice in his career, it is easy to throw him under the bus. However, before we...
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August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

PFS Mount Rushmore Series: Indianapolis Colts

When deliberating on the Indianapolis Colts Mount Rushmore, two things are for certain: The Colts had one heck of a run in the 2000s and offense was the name of the game.To determine who should be represented on the Indianapolis Colts Mount Rushmore, our group of Colts writers voted on their four top choices. The writers chose from a rather large list of Indianapolis era-only players...
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July 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Time Capsule: A look back at the 2005 NFL draft

The Indianapolis Colts drafted ten players in the 2005 draft, and while a few mistakes were made, they still came out of the draft with three starters. Not a great draft for the Colts, but far from the worst. Let us look back at the draft, and see who was selected and how their careers panned out. 1st round, 29th overall – Marlin Jackson As a rookie, Marlin Jackson appeared mostly...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Time Capsul: Look back at the 2004 draft for the Indianapolis Colts

We have decided here at cover32 Colts to break down every draft pick the Colts have made since 2004. Today on our first installment we will start in 2004, and cover one year at a time. So lets take a dive into 04 and see what happened draft weekend for the Colts 10 years ago. 2nd Round pick 44th overall – Bob Sanders (SS – Iowa) Bob Sanders was the enforcer of the Colts’ defensive...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Best safeties the Colts have ever drafted

We now arrive at the position in which the Colts currently need the most. The safety position has been a strong area for the Colts for many years with Antoine Bethea being the anchor and Bob Sanders being the bruiser. However, neither of these players made the list either due to inconsistencies in Bethea’s part or being injury riddled in Sanders’s part. Bethea never missed a...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

PFS Chiefs Draft Sleepers: LaMarcus Joyner

Lamarcus Joyner? Hmmm.... What needs to be said?Watch this play:This is a player that takes the term “safety” serious. In the play, Joyner comes on a safety blitz, the shotgun QB ditches the football on the move with the WR running the kind of hook crossing route that has killed the Chiefs time and time again over the years.LaMarcus pursues. The ball carrier makes some great...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 5: Best players ever drafted by Indianapolis Colts

The biggest Mayflower move since Christopher Columbus landed in the Bahamas in 1492, the Baltimore Colts packed up in the middle of the night and moved the franchise to Indianapolis. Since then, the Colts have made a slew of great draft picks. The Peyton Manning era led to one Super Bowl victory in February of 2007, and had several Pro Bowl players on the roster that Bill Pollian...
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April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie Shamarko Thomas gives himself a 'D' grade for 2013

The 79th selection, in the 2013 NFL Draft, was Pittsburgh Steelers Shamarko Thomas. Built in the mold of former Indianapolis Colts star Bob Sanders. Thomas the thick compactly built safety recorded 29 tackles and was a key contributor on special teams. From minicamp all the way to here (week 17) its been a learning process, said Thomas. Trying to learn to be a mature athlete o...
December 31, 2013  |  Discuss
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