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The Indianapolis Colts are the NFL’s Most Dominant Defensive Unit in 2022

The Indianapolis Colts will feature “the league’s most dominant defensive unit in 2022,” according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo on “Good Morning Football”:

Garafolo stated on GMFB, “I’m a little concerned about Darius Leonard, he’s got the back and the ankle.” “Thank you very much, I didn’t know the back bone was connected to the ankle bone. So, that’s a little concerning.
However, I also believe that some of the clubs I was considering for the greatest defense play in a very competitive division. They play a lot of challenging games, therefore I believe the Colts’ statistical ascent to the top will be a little smoother for them because they compete in that division. However, you have Stephon Gilmore, which means you have the makings of a [dominant unit].

Garafolo mentioned that he is concerned about All-Pro linebacker for the Colts Darius Leonard’s offseason back surgery, but he still likes the additions of veteran cornerback Stephon Gilmore (and likely pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue)—as well as a relatively weak AFC South to feast upon defensively for Indianapolis (although let’s not get too ahead of ourselves after last season’s disastrous regular season finale).
The Colts must obviously worry about Leonard making a full recovery, even though the early post-surgery results seem promising. But there’s really no reason why this Indianapolis defense can’t become a Top 5 squad consistently if “the Maniac is the Maniac again” (after a few recent seasons of flirting with such a notion).
The Colts have some intriguing young players to keep an eye on for potential breakouts, including Kwity Paye, Dayo Odeyingbo, Isaiah Rodgers, and rookie Nick Cross, in addition to the seasoned duo of Gilmore and Ngakoue who will dramatically improve the Colts pass rush and secondary as a whole.
The Colts defense should be at least more versatile up front with veteran play caller Gus Bradley now in charge, and it should be primed for potential dominance in 2022, especially with their offseason upgrades for a group that already had Leonard, DeForest Buckner, and Kenny Moore II anchoring its core.