Amid constant change, Bethea's steady

November, 11, 2010
11/11/10
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In our midseason stock report on the Colts, Peyton Manning was the clear-cut MVP.

But Antoine Bethea was worthy of a mention.

With the secondary in flux with missed games or long-term injuries for Bob Sanders, Melvin Bullitt, Jerraud Powers, Jacob Lacey and Justin Tryon, Bethea has further established himself as the Colts' glue on the back end.

Indianapolis has allowed only six pass plays of 30 yards or more despite being so unsettled lineup-wise in the secondary. Only six teams have allowed fewer.

“(Bethea) represents all that is the good and right about playing professional football,” Jim Caldwell told Indianapolis media Thursday. “I mean he plays the game the way it should be played. He’s not a real vocal guy, but what he does is do a tremendous job of leading by example. That more than anything else, I think speaks volumes. He’s a playmaker, he’s a steady force back there, and he’s dependable.”

Those are some very complimentary labels, and Bethea is wearing them well.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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