Powers' stance on Colts' CB understandable

June, 7, 2012
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It’s understandable that Jerraud Powers has tired of the negative talk regarding the Colts’ cornerbacks.

I’ve been among those banging that drum, though I’ve tried to consistently say that my concerns are about who will play corner beyond Powers, who is a quality player and leader.

Provided he stays healthy, I think the Colts have their lead guy. It’s the rest of the cast who qualifies as my primary concern for the franchise heading into the 2012 season. Kevin Thomas has been working as the second starter. And like most of the guys beyond Powers, he’s got minimal experience.

Chuck Pagano said this week that position will get sorted out far more easily once pads are on and training camp practices are underway.

Powers told Mike Chappell the corners are anxious to shut people up.
"I kind of get pissed off every time I see an article or someone talking that the Colts' secondary is this or that," he said after the Colts concluded their ninth of 10 organized team activities (OTAs) Wednesday. "(Critics) aren't in the building every day seeing how these guys work at their craft or how they conduct themselves.

"Going into this year, we're definitely going to have that chip on our shoulder. I feel like that every year. But this year as a group, guys are eager to go out there and show people what we can do and what we're all about in the secondary."

As Chappell points out, the Colts continue to address the spot. They recently traded for Cassius Vaughn and claimed Korey Lindsey off waivers and reports said they inquired about Michael Jenkins when it appeared Dallas could deal him.

There will be far more man-to-man in the new scheme. The former architect of the team, Bill Polian, recently said Powers was the only guy there who could play that style. Polian was presumably talking only of the holdovers, not the newcomers.

The spot is a concern. Powers is reacting the way you’d want the leader of a group under fire to react.

But I won’t be surprised if the Colts are still shopping for a corner at the end of training camp when players come free around the league at cutdown day.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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