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Super Bowl XLIV Preview: Colts LBs

Position Starter Backup
LLB Philip Wheeler Cody Glenn
MLB Gary Brackett Freddy Keiaho
RLB Clint Session Ramon Humber

Scouting Report

Philip Wheeler, a second year weak side linebacker, brings good speed and size (6-2, 240 lbs) to the Colts. He is excellent at getting good depth on his drops when the Colts go to a Cover 2 scheme, which is often. Despite excellent speed, he has some trouble identifying routes in coverage and closing to the ball, something he has improved on this season. He has 61 tackles on the season, including 1 sack and 1 forced fumble.

Gary Brackett is very athletic and instinctive and puts those attributes to good use. He has great body control and quickness in small areas. Brackett is excellent at locating the ball and playing the proper angel to get to the ball. The undersized linebacker ( 5-11, 235 lbs.) struggles disengaging from blocks from more athletic lineman. Brackett had the second most tackles on the team with 99 in the regular season, along with one interception.

Perhaps the most underrated player on the Colts defense is Clint Sessions. The team leader in tackles with 103 in the regular season, Sessions uses his excellent speed, acceleration and vision to make plays. He is quick to the ball and perhaps the hardest hitter on the team.

This is perhaps the best linebacking corp the Saints have faced all season. Drew Brees has to be aware of Sessions and Wheeler on pass plays, as they like to go out in coverage in Indy’s Cover 2 scheme. The Saints like working the middle of the field and finding seams in zone coverages, so knowing where these two linebackers are at all times is critical.

The Saints feel they can run up the middle of the Colts line. Getting an athletic G like Jahri Evans on Brackett would neutralize the LB on running plays. The key for the Saints line in the running game is being able to put bodies on these Colts LBs to allow Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell lanes to run in.


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