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INDIANAPOLIS – As the Colts try to climb out of the basement in creating a pass rush in 2018, they won’t be looking to add too many extra numbers to that effort.

“In this system, you’re always looking for 4 guys to rush and drop 7,” new defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus says. “I think if you can do that, that’s what you want to do.


“That’s what we’ll always be searching for, play multiple coverages, but rush. Get those four guys home.”


Right now, the Colts appear to have 3 of those 4 spots set up front.


Those names are Al Woods and Denico Autry at defensive tackle, with Jabaal Sheard lining up at one defensive end. At the other end spot, the Colts have been using both John Simon and Tarell Basham the most, with rookie Kemoko Turay knocking on that door.


It’s a group void of a true dominant rusher. None of the guys in the starting competition have had more than 9.0 sacks in season.


After watching the Colts in Grand Park, it’s clear that this is a defense who will be playing in waves.


If you are a defensive player dressing on game day, there’s a good chance you’re going to have some sort of role on that side of the ball.


“We’ve got some guys at d-line,” Eberflus says of the depth up front, which includes second-round picks in Turay and Tyquan Lewis. “We’ve certainly got some depth there so it’s going to be fun to sort that out. We’re looking at those things and seeing the best combination on first down. Now, what’s your best combination on passing downs? So we’re looking at that with the rush team there. Also looking to see who’s the best first and second down players as well. There’s a lot of work that goes into it.”


Turay has some ‘juice’ as Eberflus puts it, showing some quickness off the ball. But the Rutgers product has yet to truly establish himself as a serious starting candidate.


These are the names that the Colts are going to heavily rely on in hoping to avoid the need for heavy blitzing.


Ideally, Indianapolis would have their linebackers/extra defensive backs playing in coverage and taking care of underneath zone responsibilities, while the defensive front gets after the quarterback.


From a coverage standpoint, it makes sense.


But you are still putting a lot of stock in the Colts re-writing the ugly pass rush script which has plagued this team in recent years.


Do the Colts have enough up front to get it done in 2018?