When middle linebacker Gary Brackett was lost for the season in September after requiring surgery on his left rotator cuff, many expected the Indianapolis Colts defense to suffer.
True to form, the unit has under-performed this season, but Brackett’s replacement has been stellar.
Pat Angerer, a second-round pick in 2010, has made 111 tackles, which ranks second this season only to the Washington Redskins’ London Fletcher. The 6-foot, 235-pound Angerer is averaging 9.3 tackles and is on pace to finish with 148.
Angerer may have stunned many within the NFL, but his production hasn’t had the same effect on Marshal Yanda, the Ravens’ starting right guard who spent one season...