Print and Go Back ESPN.com: AFC South [Print without images]

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Colts may want to back off against Brady

By Paul Kuharsky

The AFC South is sort of all or nothing with regards to blitzing.

The Texans send five or more pass-rushers at the quarterback 44.6 percent of the time, the most in the league. The Colts are third at 41.6 percent.

Meanwhile the Titans and Jaguars sit back. Tennessee sends four or fewer rushers 80.3 percent of the time, which ranks third in the league, while Jacksonville sends four or fewer 78.3 percent of the time, which is seventh.

Sending extra people in pressure is a big change for the Colts under Chuck Pagano/Bruce Arians and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.

Under Tony Dungy and Jim Caldwell, the Colts played a Tampa 2, dead set on preventing big plays and rarely blitzing. Now they’re a hybrid 3-4 that plays a far more aggressive scheme, with man coverage and less predictable pass rushes that include extra people.

ESPN Stats & Info says that the Colts may want to stray from their standard approach as they head to New England to play the Patriots Sunday.

Tom Brady has the best touchdown-to-interception differential facing five or more pass-rushers this season at plus-10. He also has the most attempts without an interception (87) against such pressure.