Even though Colts have changed up defensive coordinators, Belichick and the Patriots expect same looks from Indy
|11.30.11 at 3:01 pm ET|
The Colts are making changes on the fly this week. Indy coach Jim Caldwell announced on Tuesday that they were going to start Dan Orlovsky at quarterback instead of Curtis Painter. And the team also announced that they’d be changing defensive coordinators, showing Larry Coyer the door and replacing him with linebackers coach Mike Murphy.
In his conference call with the New England media on Wednesday, Caldwell didn’t take questions on the change in coordinators. The team issued a statement on the move with a quote from the coach.
“The move was made to improve communication and production,” Caldwell said in the press release. “We feel this is the most effective and realistic way to move forward and win games this season. We appreciate all of the effort and hard work Larry Coyer put forth in his three years with the Colts.”
Murphy is a longtime assistant on the Indianapolis staff — he’s in his 14th season with the Colts as the team’s linebackers coach, and his 27th year in the NFL. Three of Indianapolis’ four leading tacklers are linebackers, with Pat Angerer being one of the surprises of the season for the Colts.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday he did not know much about Murphy, but said that Murphy’s familiarity with the system should serve the Indianapolis defense well going forward.
“He’s been there for a long time in that system. Unfortunately, (I’ve) been a part of couple of those kind of changes, (so) you only have a couple of days; you can’t put in a whole new defense,” Belichick said. “Really, what they’re doing, they probably feel like [they] just need to do it a little bit better because they have a lot of good plays, they have a lot of young players and they have a lot of good players.
“I’m sure they feel like if they can just keep doing the things that they’re doing a little bit better that they’ll be all right. They really are. They’ve been in every game other than a couple – the New Orleans game obviously – but for the most part, they’re battling toe-to-toe in the middle of the fourth quarter or down to the last – last week they get a tipped pass in the end zone or they beat Carolina. They’re very competitive.”
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said the New England offense will “prepare for what (the Colts) have done all season.”
“We’ll prepare, obviously, for all the things they’ve done this year and then see how the game goes and try to adjust,” Brady said. ”If there are different things, there are different things. I’m sure there will be a few different things; it’s a different style of coordinator. I don’t think it’s going to radically different.”
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