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On Feb. 6, 2009, Caldwell finally hired Coyer.
"He was tough," Caldwell said. "You see him today, he's got a lot of energy for a guy that's 65 years of age. He's still got a lot of grit and he still communicates awfully well."
Coyer also understands how to get the most out of his players.
With what may be the fastest defense in the NFL, Coyer began using stunts and an array of blitzes to let Pro Bowl ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis to cause even more havoc. Defensive captain Gary Brackett understood how to put players in the right spots and big-hitting safeties Antoine Bethea, Melvin Bullitt and Bob Sanders could clean up any mistakes.
So Coyer gave the aggressive approach the go.
"We're attacking and challenging offenses to make plays," cornerback Kelvin Hayden said. "We're not just going to sit back and let the quarterback pick us apart. We're going to dictate and force quarterbacks to make plays."
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees sees the difference.
"I don't think there are any holes, but you hope that you can catch them from time to time and be able to get a big play," Brees said. "You always want to feel like you have the upper hand and that you are setting the tempo for the game."
As does the Colts defense.
If they succeeds one more time, the Colts could be going home with the second Lombardi Trophy in the Indianapolis era.
"I've been coaching since 1965, and this is the most pleasurable group I've been around," Coyer said. "Not because they're in the Super Bowl but because of how they do things. They have personality, they really play hard, they focused and consistent. It's just been a joy."
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