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Sanders loss is tough one

Posted on: November 6, 2009 6:45 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2009 7:03 pm

When New England running back Fred Taylor was with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he told me that Bob Sanders was the heart of the Indianapolis Colts defense, not the great pass rushers up front.

The Colts, then, are in need of a heart transplant.

Sanders was ruled out for the season Friday when it was revealed he would need surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon.

That's even tougher to take when you couple it with the loss of Marlin Jackson, the team's nickel corner, who suffered a torn ACL in practice Wednesday. The Colts will also be without starting corner Kelvin Hayden for another month because of injury.

But it's Sanders they will miss. When he's on the field, he's as good as any safety in the league. The problem is he's hurt way too much.

Maybe because he's missed so much time, the Colts will be OK without him. They have played well without him in the past.

And, oh by the way, as long as No. 18 is on the field, they'll be fine.

If the Colts beat the Houston Texans Sunday, the division race is over. Then it becomes about seeding and getting home playoff games.

It's in the playoffs that a loss of Sanders could show up. But even then, the Colts always seem to have capable bodies to fill in.

That's Bill Polian's style.

That guy named Manning helps cover all those deficiencies pretty well, too.


Category: NFL
Tags: Colts

Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2009 1:10 pm

No Bob, no win

The Colts cannot win BIG GAMES without sanders. Look at the super bowl run, the Defense was galvanized with his presence and they played at a championship level. The colts are a good team that has no problem mopping up the dregs of the AFC during the regular season. When the big games come, Sanders is needed as much for his leadership and vision as for his play.  

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2009 12:34 pm

Sanders loss is tough one

How is it a loss when you never really played with the guy anyway?  Sure, in theory, he should make them better, but they have played without him for most of the past couple seasons, so I would imagine that they are used to it.  You can't miss a guy who is never on the field.  And the more he is off the field, it seems that the legend of his play continues to grow..

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2009 12:08 pm

Sanders loss is tough one

I think the bigger loss this week is Hagler.  What seems to be lost on the "experts" is that the much improved Indy D has been playing without these men all season.  Sanders and Jackson have not been on the field.  Sanders played one half plus, and Jackson maybe a bit more.  Hagler is a part of a front seven that has played lights out for the first half of the season.  I'm not overly worried with Wheeler coming in, he's shown great speed and instincts and almost beat Hagler out for the starting spot.  The defense should be fine, even if houston puts up big numbers (They're capable of doing so).  However, one more serious injury at any position and we will start becoming thin.

Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: November 7, 2009 11:22 am

Sanders loss is tough one

i dont see sanders as being nearly as big of a loss for the colts as hayden & jackson are right now. Is he one of the best playmakers in the league? absolutely. but its not like he is occasionally hurt. it seems like sanders has missed 1/2 the season every year as far back as i can remember. the colts should be used to playing without him.

Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2009 11:38 pm

Sanders loss is tough one

back was with the Jacksonville , he told me that was the heart of the Indianapolis defenseKey word "was".

I like Bob Sanders.  One of the best at his position.  However....  you can only stay on top if you can stay healthy. 

Would anyone say at this very moment that the best playmaker on the Chargers this season is LT?
(Chargers fan are saying Yes... LOL)
However, not if your looking at it objectively.  Im not saying he isnt one of the best running backs in the league, but look at what injuries have done to his career as of this season and last season.

Once again, All the Utmost respect for Bob Sanders.  But other than perhaps a vocal leader, its been a while since Bob Sanders has been the heart of the defense. 

The Colts continue to win without him.  Thats whats more impressive.

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2009 11:12 pm

Sanders loss is tough one

Im the heart of the defense

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2009 11:10 pm

Sanders loss is tough one

freeney is the heart of the DEfense.

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2009 10:46 pm

Sanders loss is "tough" one

Maybe because he's missed so much time, the Colts will be OK without him. They have played well without him in the past.
Bob Sanders is hurt so often that it shouldn't be a "big loss" any more.  I think if the Colts should simply wise up preseason and carry 3 legitimate starting safeties on the roster because Bob "The Missile" Sanders is usually good for about only a 1/4 of the season.  Marvin Harrison was hurt a couple years ago year and Anthony Gonzalez filled in (no big deal). Then when Gonzalez got hurt Pierre Garcon stepped up.  Injuries happen on offense and defense in the NFL and in this case they happen often to Bob Sanders so why not be ready?

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2009 7:17 pm

Sanders loss is tough one

Colts defense hasn't been thier strong suit in quite some time, but they have played big in games where the offense was average. Now that the Colt receivers have started getting some dings, Sander's injury could become more significant. I did notice that he wasn't as sharp when he came back, but he added talented depth if nothing else. The rotation if the backfield has gotten much thinner. If the lineman don't don't get good pressure, they could start to look like the Titans. I hope the offense can get and stay healthy.

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