Simon a great fit in Indy 

September, 1, 2005
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The Colts' signing of Corey Simon to a five-year, $30 million deal may be the move that puts them over the top as a Super Bowl team in the AFC. He completes the transition to a Tony Dungy 4-3 defense. With Simon, the Colts get their Warren Sapp-type, three-technique defensive tackle. In Philadelphia, Simon wasn't as valuable because the defensive tackles' job was basically to free up the linebackers and the blitzing members of the secondary to make plays. In Indianapolis, he will be a disrupter. Simon can shoot the gaps on run plays. He is a good enough pass-rusher to have maybe a 10-sack season in the Colts' defense. He had 32 sacks in five seasons with the Eagles.

The Colts have most of the pieces for a good defense. Simon gives the Colts the ability to stuff teams into longer-yardage situations on second and third downs. Then they can bring in Robert Mathis to play on the other side of defensive end Dwight Freeney to disrupt passing plays. Simon is the biggest body on the Colts' defensive line.

David Thornton is a mobile, tackling linebacker. There is depth at cornerback. Bob Sanders has a chance to emerge as a John Lynch-type strong safety.


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