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While the Colts' high-powered offense is sophisticated, offensive coordinator Tom Moore makes Clark's role sound simple.
"Dallas is a great athlete," Moore said, "so get him the football."
The Colts did that well the last time they played at Miami in September. Clark made an 80-yard touchdown catch on the first play and finished with 183 receiving yards, the fourth-highest total for a tight end since the 1970 NFL merger. In November, he tied the team record for receptions with 14 against Houston.
It's not that Clark can't block. He wins praise for improving that part of his game, and said he tries to use good technique to make up for his size disadvantage.
"He has made a number of big plays for us in the passing game, and oftentimes people would think that's the only thing he does," coach Jim Caldwell said. "But the fact is he's a very capable blocker."
That was his primary role in the AFC championship game. After the blitz-happy New York Jets sacked Manning twice early, Clark began helping with pass protection.
"I ended up blocking a lot of the game," Clark said. "Things change as the game continues and we figure out how teams try to defend us."
Clark hopes there's no repeat -- he'd rather catch passes. And the Saints are bracing to deal with him.
"Do you put a linebacker on him? A defensive back? A safety?" coach Sean Payton said. "You've got to decide how you handle him. He brings so much to the table."
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