Our look at the Colts' free-agent acquisitions continues here with a breakdown of LaRon Landry - signed to a 4 year, $24m deal last week, subsequent to the signings of the first day. Along with Greg Toler and Darius Butler, Landry is tasked with providing solidity on the back end and appropriate accompaniment for Antoine Bethea - something we haven't seen for years.
Safety play is something I've always enjoyed watching and breaking down - particularly those safeties with rare athletic skills and the ability to knock ball carriers into next week. Landry runs a 4.3 40 while standing at 6'0, 220lb - so he definitely qualifies. As I elaborated when assessing Toler, my main issue with the Colts' acquisitions and depth in the defensive backfield is a seeming focus on the run game - all of our starters are in my mind above average in stopping the run, though questionable as a unit when considering pass coverage. Landry is no exception, though a more thorough look at Landry's 2012 season helped alleviate my concerns slightly.
I'll dive right into the analysis, as i've spent a fair bit of time watching Landry and choosing appropriate coverage plays to highlight certain aspects of his game in pass defense. The first play I've chosen comes from the Redskins vs. Colts game of 2010 - Aaron Francisco, a game sealing interception, etc etc. The play in question comes from the 4th quarter and the last Colts possession - they're trying to burn both the clock and the remaining Washington timeouts. It's a 2nd and 10, with the first play in the series an incomplete pass - thus, the following is very important in the context of the game.
I've highlighted Dallas Clark's route on the play, along with the position of Landry at the snap. Upon taking the snap, Peyton will execute a play fake to Joseph Addai, clearing out the middle of the field for a man-on-man matchup between Clark and Landry, the former on a crossing route aiming for the marker.no comments