Colts have improved athleticism in front seven

Two weeks into the season, the Chiefs' and Colts' defenses appear to be much improved over last year.

Originally Published: September 20, 2005
By Gary Horton | Scouts Inc.
In an ordinary NFL week, both of these teams have such explosive offenses that they can usually afford to play mediocre defense and come away with a win. But in the first two weeks of the 2005 season, the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs have relied on surprising production on the defensive side of the ball to help them jump out to 2-0 starts. Let's look at the revamped D's in Indy and K.C. and see if they can sustain their early season success.


The Colts really upgraded their defensive front seven in the offseason and have perhaps the most athletic, range-type group in the NFL. In Week 1 against the Ravens, the most visible upgrade was their linebacking, led by new starting MLB Gary Brackett.

Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.