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February 5, 2010

Will Saints reach point of no return?

Colts aim to keep New Orleans' specialists under wraps

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — To say that the Indianapolis Colts hadn’t learned their lesson in the team’s previous Super Bowl appearance would be putting it mildly.

Three years ago, the Colts contemplated openly about whether to kick the ball to the Chicago Bears’ Devin Hester during Super Bowl XLI. He already hard returned six kicks for touchdowns during the course of the 2006 season, including a missed field goal.

Former Indianapolis head coach Tony Dungy put on a brave front and declared his team wouldn’t be afraid to challenge the Bears’ kickoff return ace.

As everybody now knows, the Colts did give Hester a chance to return the football on the game’s opening kickoff. He responded by taking Adam Vinatieri’s kick 92 yards for a touchdown, notching the quickest score and longest kickoff return for a touchdown in Super Bowl history.

Indianapolis opted not to kick to him the rest of the night, preferring instead to pooch the ball and taking its chances by giving Chicago better than average field position for each possession thereafter.

Move forward now to Super Bowl XLIV. Instead of Hester, who was a dual threat for kickoffs and punts, the New Orleans Saints instead have a pretty good one-two punch in punt returner Reggie Bush and kickoff returner Courtney Roby.

Feel free to call them “Flash and Dash.” They’re both dangerous when given the opportunity to break a long kick. Bush is electric in the open field. Roby, meanwhile, can turn on a second motor and isn’t afraid to bring a deep kickoff out of the end zone.

The Colts’ game plan this time isn’t quite as transparent. Indianapolis head coach Jim Caldwell and special teams coordinator Ray Rychelski have a plan, although they’ve decided to keep it to themselves for the time being.

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