Justin Houston To Colts Fans: “They Can Expect A Great Pass Rusher”


Justin Houston To Colts Fans: “They Can Expect A Great Pass Rusher”

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Justin Houston To Colts Fans: “They Can Expect A Great Pass Rusher”

Justin Houston is promising to Colts fans he will bring the pass rush pressure. And Frank Reich says Houston owes the coach something based off prior meetings.

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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a game that Frank Reich would probably like to eliminate from his memory.

For Justin Houston though, that late December afternoon was arguably the greatest game of his professional career.

In the 2014 season finale, Houston sacked Philip Rivers 4 times, giving him 22.0 sacks on the season, the second most in NFL history.

Talk about a nightmare afternoon for the opposing offensive coordinator.

“I was the OC,” Reich admits. “I was in San Diego and it was the last game of the year and he got his final 4. We were chipping him, doubling him, chipping him...


“I’ve been dreaming about having him on my side for a while. He’s a special player.”


Well, that dream became a reality back in March when Houston inked a 2-year deal with the Colts.


Nearly 5 year has passed since Houston’s 22-sack season, but his menacing presence still has him up there in the sack/per game production.


Houston, 30, has missed 21 games over the last 4 years. When healthy, he’s amassed 30 sacks in those 43 games on the field.


The Colts are hoping their strength program and approach to the defensive line (where they believe the depth will limit Houston’s playing time to around 60-to-65 percent of snaps per game) will keep their Pro Bowl pass rusher fresh and producing late in the season.


“He’s a very big, talented, athletic player that can impact and disrupt the quarterback. Those players are hard to find,” Chris Ballard says of Houston. “We still think he has a lot of football left in him. That was one of our big sell points to him the system and what we do defensively that we could enhance and continue this career at a high level.”


From an individual presence standpoint, the Colts have not had someone like Houston coming off the edge in quite a while.


Erik Walden in 2016 is the only double-digit sacker for the Colts since 2013.


The Colts firmly believe that Houston will reach such a mark this season and think his sack number could be among the best in the NFL.


“There’s no question he has the movement, the athleticism and all skill you need at the position,” defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus says of Houston.


And Houston doesn’t mince words when describing what he will be bring to his team.


“(Fans) can expect a great pass rusher,” he says.

“I can promise you that I’m going to put pressure on the quarterback.”



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