Simple defense should benefit Colts

June, 22, 2011
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If complicated schemes will be hard to piece together with OTAs missed and the possibility of shortened camps, then the Indianapolis Colts defense should benefit.

According to Mike Tanier’s analysis breaking down how often teams send different numbers of blitzers and how often they run zone blitzes, the Colts have the simplest defense in the league.

They won’t have to get all sort of things with multiple moving parts timed up well to be effective, therefore they should have an easier time than most teams in terms of playing well without the usual preparation time.

What about offense?

Well the Titans are in coaching transition, but they had a giant "simplicity score" last season and the Jaguars were also not complicated. And while we might suspect the Colts would rank at the other end of the spectrum, they don’t make Tanier’s top five in terms of complicated offenses.

Complicated teams may be forced to be more simple, which has caused a lot of people to speculate that we will see terrible football. As I wrote back in May, I am not so sure that's going to be the case.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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