What Would Hire Of Keith Butler Mean For Indianapolis Colts Defense?

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  1. srrono

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    It is only a matter of time until the Indianapolis Colts name former Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler their new defensive coordinator. Butler will be going to Indianapolis on Tuesday to review a contract and likely sign on the dotted line.

    Butler has served as the Steelers linebackers coach since 2003, where “Blitzburgh” uses an aggressive 3-4 scheme. What could this mean for the Colts defense and their star defenders on the roster?

    Let’s start with defensive end Dwight Freeney. On the surface, he doesn’t appear to be a good fit for a 3-4 defense. He is a pass rushing specialist, but is a bit of a one-trick pony that just doesn’t translate. It would not be a shock to see the Colts try to trade Freeney and get what they can for a guy who will not be able to play in their defense.

    There is a small chance, however, that Freeney would be willing to stay and he could shock us all. Albert Breer said, “Don’t be so sure Freeney can’t stand up. He’s taller than Harrison, who played for Butler. Many doubted Dumervil could do it too.”

    I still doubt that Freeney would be able to make that transition. Then there is the aging Gary Brackett. He is all but gone and is another player who would not fit in the new defensive scheme.

    The interesting player becomes Robert Mathis. Mathis is due to become a free agent and as an aging player, he doesn’t seem to fit into the Colts rebuilding plans. Of course, Mathis could take a pay cut to return to Indianapolis, but he’s a veteran. At 31-years-old, would he really want to learn a new scheme? That is very doubtful.

    So it looks like the Colts are in full on rebuilding mode.

    All signs point to no Peyton Manning, while the defense is getting a complete overhaul with a new scheme and the potential loss of Dwight Freeney, Robert Mathis and Gary Brackett. Expect some growing pains next season in Indianapolis.

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    Colts future def going to be pretty good with Chuck Pagano former Balt DC as Head coach & Keith Butler former Steelers linebackers coach as DC that is a strong combination of defensive philosophy.
     
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    Freeney is around the same size as Dumervil, I could see it possibly working although I think Mathis is more the logical choice of transitioning to OLB due to his speed and a little quicker first step plus he'll be cheaper than Freeney. Guess we'll see, everyone said the 34 defense wouldn't work here with our personnel, I hope it's a massive failure in Indy though much akin to the Eagles :)
     
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    Wait, what?? Does this mean the Colts "D" might be able to stop the run?




    ......... on occasion?
     
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    I think Justin Beiber would develop talent before the Colts run D.
     
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    Looks much better doesn't it?
     
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    I was on Walterfootball checking out other teams offseason needs and I can honestly say the Indianapolis Colts are a train wreck right now. That team is in trouble. I guess Irsay is just going to go into full blown rebuilding mode, which I think would be a good idea. I can see alot of his expensive FA's going elsewhere thus saving them alot of money and making them big players in FA to find players for the new team. I don't see any reason that either Freeney or Mathis wouldn't be able to transition to OLB other than their salaries. They'd be getting paid alot of money to transition to a new position and it's not certain that transition would be successful. It wouldn't surprise me, since they'll be in rebuilding mode, if they try to trade that #1 pick for alot of picks because they have so many holes. I expect them to be a good team again, but not for a few years though.
     
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    ESPN reporting that Butler just turned down the Colts interview to be DC.


    Looks like they'll be looking elsewhere for a new DC.
     


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    But Mathis is a free agent, and there are plenty of competitive teams out there that are looking for a good 4-3 DE. He doesn't need to transition to OLB if he signs with a team like the Falcons, Saints or Lions. If he's interested in winning a Super Bowl, then I think he's gone and the Colts will just have to replace him another way, thus making their situation even worse. :evil:
     

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