Forcing 'Edge' the way to contain Colts

How do you stop an unstoppable force? Here's an idea of what might slow down the Colts' offense.

Updated: December 10, 2004, 5:39 PM ET
By Ron Jaworski | ESPN Insider
Editor's note: ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski went into his film vault and tried to find a way to stop the Indianapolis Colts' explosive offense.

Stop is not a word to use, because it's impossible to stop this offense. The Colts are simply too good. What makes them so efficient is they attack every level of the field. They have tight ends who can control the middle of the field, wide receivers who can control the deep portion and a running back who can attack defenses in the short passing game. They can also attack teams with crosses, which are extremely difficult for defenses to stop.

Teams are most successful against this offense when they choose to play a bend-but-don't-break defense. Nothing good defensively comes of attempting to put pressure on QB Peyton Manning or the Colts receivers because he just torches those styles of defenses. The Colts' game against the Green Bay Packers in Week 3 is a perfect example of what happens if pressure is applied to Manning.

Ron Jaworski

NFL analyst / writer
Ron Jaworski is one of the most popular and knowledgeable analysts covering the NFL today. Since joining ESPN in 1990, the former standout NFL quarterback has covered the league from virtually every angle -- sideline reporter, game-site reporter, host and both studio and game analyst. From 2007-11, Jaworski occupied one of the most coveted positions in sports as a Monday Night Football analyst.