Colts: Landry or Brown?
Sergio Brown experienced a rough start with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012. He gave up an 80-yard TD pass in the final minute of the Week 3 defeat by the Jaguars, resulting in the creation of a profane twitter parody account of him that still exists today. In 2013 he was an afterthought, playing just a total of 28 snaps on defense.
This season has been much better for Brown though, starting in place of suspended LaRon Landry for the past four games. Brown has performed well, picking up a QB hit and a crucial sack on 4th-and-1 in the red zone. He’s been stout against the run, with five tackles and four stops when lined up within eight yards of the line of scrimmage, for a 13.8 Run Stop Percentage. In coverage Brown has allowed a respectable 0.23 Yards per Cover Snap, and has been far from the liability he was two seasons ago.
The much better-paid Landry has similar stats, including a sack and a hit (on eight less blitzes). Landry’s four tackles and two stops when lining up close to the LoS give him a 6.7 Run Stop Percentage, while he has conceded 0.95 Yards per Cover Snap, both worse than Brown’s marks. Should Landry’s return completely banish Brown back to the bench? Their respective performances suggest it’s a question worth asking.