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Indianapolis Colts Inside Slant 2009-04-03

Indianapolis Colts Inside Slant 2009-04-03
When Tony Dungy became head coach of the Indianapolis Colts in 2002, he made sure to keep several of the team's assistant coaches around -- including offensive coordinator Tom Moore.

Moore and Dungy had a long history together, with the veteran NFL assistant serving as a member of the University of Minnesota coaching staff when Dungy was recruited. In fact, Moore was the coach in charge of Dungy's recruitment.

Now, fast forward to earlier this year when Jim Caldwell was named as Dungy's hand-picked successor. When Ron Meeks left the Colts coaching staff to join the Carolina Panthers, Caldwell found himself looking for a new defensive coordinator. He went back to his past as well in selecting Meeks' replacement.

Larry Coyer and Caldwell first got to know each other pretty well when Coyer was the defensive backfield coach at the University of Iowa. One of his star pupils was a hard-nosed safety from Beliot, Wisconsin.

The relationship was reinforced after Caldwell's playing career was over, serving as a graduate assistant coach at Iowa. He worked with Coyer in tutoring the Hawkeyes' defensive backs.

"The really appealing thing was what he brings in terms if his intangibles," the first-year Colts coach said. "He's a very knowledgeable guy and he has been in a multitude of systems. He has a wide breadth of defensive schemes that he'll be able to certainly implement. We're not going to change from a schematic standpoint, but I do think he'll be able to help us develop in some areas where we need to get a little better."

Coyer has referred any potential changes to the Colts' defense this year as mere tweaking of an already successful system.

"My whole job is to give our team the best chance we can give them to win, that's it. Whatever we need to do to do that, we're going to do," he pointed out recently. "The big deal is that you have to have people who will step up - however it is, whatever it is, people who step up. This team has done a great job of that.

"The Colts have done a great job of having guys step up and contribute to this football team. Otherwise, you wouldn't have six straight years with (at least) 12 wins. They've done a great job. The players have done a great job and the personnel people have done a great job. My job is to coach them. They'll give us, I'm sure, the players to win a championship because I know that's what this organization wants."

His boss agrees.

"I don't anticipate a whole lot of difference in terms of what we've been doing," Caldwell said. "Our scheme is going to stay the same. You're not going to see a blitz-happy team. We're going to do the things it takes for us to be effective. I'm not saying you're not going to see any more blitzes than normal, and I do think you'll see just a little bit of an adjustment in flavor."

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 3, 2009

Jim Sorgi Name: Jim Sorgi
Position: QB
Age: 27
Experience: 5 years
College: Wisconsin
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