Sanders Taking Over as Leader of the Colts Defense


If there is a player on the Indianapolis Colts that does not get talked enough about, it’s got to be safety Bob Sanders.  The bottom line about Sanders is when he is in there, and when he is playing well, the Colts usually are in a good position to win.  When he’s hurt or not playing, the team is simply not the same.  Sanders is off to a tremendous start in 2007, helping the Colts defense play well in two wins over the Saints and Sunday vs the Titans in Nashville.

Against a pesky Vince Young and the Titans, all Sanders did was come up with 2.5 sacks to go along with 11 tackles.  He was the best player on the field much of the day in the teams 22-20 victory to improve to 2-0.

Against the Titans, Sanders did more than just play his normal safety spot.  He moved up in the box a lot to play as a fourth linebacker, making sure that speedy Vince Young would have someone watching over him at all times.  It worked.   “Our goal was to keep him in the chute,” Sanders said. “Don’t let him outside. Turn him inside. Keep him from scrambling.”  Young ran five times for 53 yards, but didn’t seem like his normal self, mostly due to the fact that Sanders watched him like a hawk.

“We had a good plan,” Sanders said, “and our coaches put me in some good situations.”  You can say that again.  When you watch the Colts throughout the season, watch Sanders closely.  He is quickly becoming one of the rising defensive stars in the National Football League, and his presence each and every Sunday in the Colts backfield is one of the reasons that they are once again going to be a force in the AFC in 2007.

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