The Tampa 2: This year six NFL teams will run Tony Dungy's version of the Cover 2 defensive scheme, up from just three last year. In the traditional Cover 2, each safety is responsible for half of the field from sideline to sideline. Dungy and his former defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin added a new dimension to that scheme with a linebacker assigned to run the field vertically (the length of the field) to take away the middle zone that is often exposed by the two deep safeties. Check out this article by Adam Schmadtke at sun-sentinel.com. It's worth a read to better understand what the Colts do and why other teams are copying it.
Former Colts quarterback Jeff George was a surprise addition to the Oakland Raiders roster on Monday . Head coach Art Shell explained his rationale for signing the 38-year old quarterback who hasn't thrown a pass in a regular season NFL game for almost five years. "It's a precaution for us to bring a guy like that in because you can lose a quarterback," Shell told the Associated Press. "And then when you lose one you have to have somebody ready to go. Even if he doesn't stick with us, there'll be somebody out there that knows a little bit about our system." The Raiders' starter is former Saints quarterback Aaron Brooks. Shell, like many others throughout George's career, admitted that there's a bit of a curiousity factor involved the decision. "I've always been intrigued by the guy, to be honest with you," Shell said. "He still has that zip, he still has that quick release and was very impressive."
Meanwhile, the Raiders cut a former Colts draft pick the same day they added George. Former Penn State kicker David Kimball was amongst a group of players released by the team to get down to the roster limit of 75 players. Kimball was a 7th-round pick by Indianapolis back in 2004.
Injury updates: The Colts' offensive line depth took a pair of hits Saturday night against the Saints. Center Albert Bimper (high ankle sprain) and tackle Daniel Federkeil (knee sprain) are unlikely to see action in the final preseason game against the Bengals. Bimper's injury is the more serious of the two. With final roster cuts looming on September 2nd, both undrafted rookies could use the exposure of the extended playing time that will be available since most of the starters will see little or no action against the Bengals. Dallas Clark (concussion) and cornerback Nick Harper (rib contusion) will likely be held out of the game as well. Quarterback Jim Sorgi (shoulder) and starting linebacker Gilbert Gardner (hand) are both likely to return to action against the Bengals.
David still the starter? Right cornerback Jason David, who will have missed the entire preseason slate of games due to a groin injury, expects to start practicing this weekend. During his absence, both Kelvin Hayden and Marlin Jackson have taken advantage of the additional playing time -- especially Hayden, who Tony Dungy recently referred to as possibly the team's most improved player since last season.
In-story photo of Jeff George: Stephen Dunn /Allsport