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X factor: Clint Session, Colts LB

1/12/2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- There is always room for dispute regarding tackles when a big disparity pops up between the number awarded by press box statisticians and a team’s coaches after film review.

Neither rate as official and, unless they have reputations for being inflationary, coaches are generally viewed as more accurate. Jim Caldwell’s staff has no such reputation, as far as I know.

And when the coaches looked at Clint Session's body of work in Week 11’s 17-15 win at Baltimore, they had him in on 14 tackles, double what game-day officials at M&T Bank Stadium had. It was his most productive game.

And if Indianapolis sufficiently slows Ray Rice, Willis McGahee and the Ravens' run game Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium, odds are Session will have a lot to do with it. If it’s a tight game, the Colts will have to tackle well, and Session needs to lead the charge with two better known commodities -- safety Antoine Bethea and middle linebacker Gary Brackett.

Before the Colts pulled the plug on the regular season, the weakside linebacker was playing the best ball of his career. The next step is to do it in the postseason, when fans who don’t follow the team full-time and presume undersized linebackers are products of the Colts' system will have three hours to discover he’s a lot more than that.