Colts Camp 2012: Cory Redding answers the call

Veteran defensive lineman a big part of Chuck Pagano's plans on defense as the Colts move from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 scheme

ANDERSON, IN

Cory Redding is not hard to find on a football field. The veteran defensive lineman is 6-4, 315 pounds and has made a career out of wreacking havoc in the trenches.

He also is very good at sending a vocal message to his teammates.

"Guys know who are leaders in this league and who is not. When I walked in the locker room day one, it was understood. It wasn't the fact that I was coming in, cracking the whip saying guys, 'This is me, this is who I am' they accepted me because that is who I am," said Redding after the team's walk-through practice Thursday morning in Anderson.

When head coach Chuck Pagano accepted the head coaching position with the Colts, it was a priority to have Redding along for the ride.

"I was the first person he (Pagano) went for as far as understanding this system and understanding him, and getting this program built here. He was like, 'Cory, I need you.' When I heard that voice come from him and the sincerity in his voice, that is what made me forget all the others, I'm going with you Chuck, let's do this," explained Redding.

Pagano was able to convince a few other Ravens to fly to Indianapolis, nose tackle Brandon McKinney and safety Tom Zbikowski, but it would appear everything started with Redding.

The former Texas Longhorn was drafted by Detroit and played six seasons with the Lions. After a one year stint in Seattle, he thrived playing for Pagano in Baltimore in 2010 and '11.

"Coming from Baltimore he is just a big man, playing a big game," said Defensive Coordinator Greg Manusky. "He is a big leader amongst the guys on the defense because he has been in this system and knows what it is. He has been pulling them all together."

Pagano saw Redding as the kind of player that could help the Colts defensive transition.

"They're willing to accept change. Change is great. This one will be great, so as long as everyone gets on board we'll be fine."

Redding was quick to credit the Colts' defensive holdovers for buying into what Pagano is selling. From watching Redding on the field, and hearing what he has to say, It would appear that the new coach made a very smart first phone call.

"This is me, all day. Uncut and raw, it's never going to change. Accept me for who I am or get behind me. It is all about team and that is what this thing is all about," said an emotional lineman who his preparing for his tenth NFL season.

"I'm that voice in the locker room along with Big B (McKinney) and Zibby (Zbikowski) to let these guys know it is about team. There is no faking behind that."

Cory Redding is as real as they get. Colts fans (and media members) should be very happy he is in Indianapolis helping leading the change.
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