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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Colts position coach to watch: John Teerlinck

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

In spending two of his top five picks on big defensive tackles Fili Moala and Terrance Taylor, Bill Polian acknowledged a tweak in the team's philosophy.

Big in the middle is something that's more often been talked about than put into practice for Polian's Colts.

But if Moala and Taylor do good work and eat up multiple blocks, the Colts see their smaller, quicker ends and linebackers getthing loose to make more plays.

And such a boost should mean an improvement in defensive third-down efficiency, a weakness last season.

The man who will try to sculpt Moala and Taylor into productive NFL players is defensive line coach John Teerlinck -- a respected veteran coach who's been in his post since 2002.

Teerlinck knows plenty about defensive tackle play. He played three seasons at the spot for the San Diego Chargers in the mid-1970s.

Too often, Teerlinck's had to try to make it work with smallish guys who might work as hard as possible but still simply not be able to hold their ground, or gain any. He has to be excited about the new possibilities and ready for everyone to ask constantly about the progress of his two new pupils.