Is Gary Brackett Really the Leader of the Colts Defense?

It’s either Dwight Freeney or Bob Sanders that would lead this category: The heart and soul of the Indianapolis Colts’ defense. Well, if you really think so, I would have to strongly disagree.

I can tell you who it is, and this man makes a big difference to the team. This guy is the real reason of why the Colts’ defense can be so dominant at times.

His name is Gary Brackett.

Gary who? Yeah, that’s right: Gary Brackett. Linebacker, No. 58 for the Indianapolis Colts. Though his size may be small at 5?11? and 235-pounds, this guy can smash, dash, and can make a difference.

He’s the true heart and soul of the Colts’ defense. For the past few years, I have been hearing a bunch of fans say either Dwight Freeney or Bob Sanders are the leaders of the defense.

Yes, those guys have been pretty phenomenal. Without them, the Colts’ defense would be nothing.

Freeney is the sack-machine, getting the quarterback at his blind side (unless if they’re left-handed, you go to Robert Mathis) which gives the cornerbacks and safeties a break.

Bob Sanders is the guy who fuels the Colts’ defense. This guy literally pumps the Colts’ defense up and is the hardest-hitter on the team, no doubt. No wonder he won the 2007 Defensive Player of the Year. But now, it isn’t looking good. Since that 2007 season, he hasn’t been helping out at all lately with the injuries going at him.

Like Bob Cunningham wrote a while ago, he can’t lead from the sidelines.

Brackett, by the way, hasn’t been injured a lot. Since the 2005 season, he has had 100 tackles every year. This year, he had 99, but hey, it still pretty much counts. Brackett has also done some important stuff for the Colts.

Like back in the 2006 Playoffs when the Colts were against the Steelers. It was 21-18 and Manning got sacked on fourth down in their own territory. All the Steelers needed to do is get about two yards for a touchdown. And this was when Jerome Bettis was here, and it seemed 99.9% close towards impossible.

So on the handoff, Bettis got knocked out and the ball was loose. And you all know what happened. Nick Harper recovers, Big Ben then tackles him and Mike Vanderjagt misses a field goal to lead Indiana to overtime. Game over.

But guess who caused the fumble?

Gary Brackett.

From 2005-2009, he has had the total number of tackles ranging from 99-127 tackles. Brackett also helped the recently in the 2008-09 season. Against the Texans, the Colts were down by nearly 20 points. But they fought back and won.

But Gary Brackett changed the whole aspect of that game.

Down 27-17, Sage Rosenfels did a “helicopter” move that forced a fumble. Gary Brackett recovered and returned it all the way for a touchdown to bring the Colts back in it. They later won, 31-27. A huge game, and Brackett helped big!

There are so many reasons why Gary Brackett is the true heart and soul. These are just some to name a few. Now coming this Sunday, against the New York Jets in the AFC Championship…

What will we expect from him next?

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