by Kent Sterling
I’ve said it many times before, but if you want to know something about pro football, talking to longtime NFL defensive coordinator Rick Venturi is a great place to start.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning presents a whole mess of problems for the defenses he dissects, and Venturi has some ideas about how the Colts might challenge him.
The return of LaRon Landry might be a big piece to the puzzle, as will be the availability of inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman.
You can hear the excitement in Venturi’s voice as he explains the strategies he would employ to provide Manning a long night in his homecoming. He’s fond of calling difficult to scheme against offensive weapons “Ambien players” because they result in sleepless nights for defensive coaches, but plotting a defense against the ultimate challenge is what coaches live for, and it’s clear that Venturi would relish that challenge.
The sad part is that there will be no chance to test his scheme on the field, but there is also no chance to lose.
I can’t wait for the game, and it’s clear in listening to Rick that he can’t either. If you plan on watching the game, you need to listen to this analysis to understand the challenges faced by the Colts as Indy’s favorite son returns to the house he built.