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Can Bob Sanders Re-Establish Himself As The Leader Next Year?

The Indianapolis Colts are looking to rock on the defensive side of the ball this season.

We all know how they work and roll on the offense. The defense looks like they are ready for something.

With a good defensive line, including the defensive end monster attack in Robert Mathis; and a good linebacking corps, led by Gary Brackett and the two key playmakers in Phillip Wheeler and Clint Session; the Colts may be a different team.

The cornerbacks are good, too.

Don’t let Jacob Lacey’s and Jerraud Powers’ experience in the league so far fool you, because they fooled a lot of the receivers last year like that.

And we all know how good Antoine Bethea is, so there is no point going into a novel-type explanation of the free safety.

Now how about Melvin Bullitt?

He’s come up big for the last two seasons when Bob Sanders was out. And this may force Sanders to lose his job.

This season, most probably at training camp, things are going to be different.

Sanders and Bullitt will probably go into the heated competition and battle for the strong safety position. Sanders has never gone two full years and not playing with the Colts.

And now it has and it affects him big time.

So what is it here? Can number 21 establish himself as a leader among the Colts’ defense? Whoops, my bad, let’s rephrase that for a second:

Can number 21 RE-establish himself as a leader among the Colts’ defense?

Can he?

He’s been a leader even when he was injured for a lot of the 2008-09 NFL season. But now the 2009-10 season has gone by, and things are starting to slip away from him as a Colts player and an NFL player among the league.

42 tackles and two interceptions in two seasons is going to cut it.

I think Sanders still has a chance to reclaim his leader role. I still think he can produce. We know how good he is once he is healthy, as he showed in the 2007-08 season.

Can he do it this year? I guess we will have to find out.

Sanders pumps up the defense all the time. And somehow, it just makes the team come together and it makes them better. They have more heart in them.

More momentum.

The Colts really need Sanders to step up this year. And when he can…

He always makes a difference.

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