Dr. Larry D. Cripe, MD, joined the ‘Colts Pregame Huddle’ on Sunday afternoon to provide an update on head coach Chuck Pagano. Following the game, it was announced that Pagano had been released from the hospital and would continue his treatment from home. Dr. Cripe was a guest of Colts Owner Jim Irsay for Sunday’s game with the Browns. Below are some of Dr. Cripe’s thoughts from Sunday morning.
On an update of coach Pagano:
“He’s doing great. He’s fully on the mend. His spirits are great. He and his wife are looking forward to getting out of the hospital and returning to life.”
On how coach dealt with the news on Wednesday, September 26th:
“The coach was such a gentleman at every step of the way. It was just awesome to meet with him. We discovered quickly that he needed to be in the hospital at that moment. That threw him for a loop but since then he’s been saying, ‘Tell me what I need to do and I’m there.’
On coach’s demeanor on game day:
“Nervous. He’s focused. I don’t actually think of him on ‘game day.’ I think every day for him is a game day. Every day is like, ‘What do I need to do? Tell me what is going on. Let’s set the goals.”
On if Dr. Cripe has become more of a fan of football:
“I’m a fan of coaching. So I’ve asked him about coaching. ‘What is like to coach at this level? What he brings to the team?’ As you guys know, he really is a thoughtful, insightful guy into the human mind.”
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Bruce Arians joined ‘Voice of the Colts’ Bob Lamey on Monday night’s ‘Pagano Show’ to chat about a variety of topics. Here are a few of the highlights from what Arians had to say on Monday:
On what needs to happen for the Colts to start winning on the road:
“We have to protect the football and create some kind of short field for our offense, whether it’ll be a turnover, kicking game, return (game), something good has to happen to set our offense up. If we do get down (in the red zone) and score a touchdown, not like New York where we had to kick the field goal, and get the crowd out of it that’s the fast start we are looking for.”
On a complete effort in the run game against the Browns:
“The offensive line and tight ends, they are all getting game balls. You got 150 yards rushing, they did their job. We tried to keep it as simple as possible. Reggie (Wayne) and T.Y. (Hilton) did a heck of a job blocking the perimeter and again anytime the running game works, it’s a collective, team effort.”
On how close this team is off the field:
“This is a very tight group. They want to win and they are on a mission. We are on a mission together. No one knows why we are in this situation that we’re in but everybody is embracing it and we are going to do everything we can to extend the season and hopefully Chuck can get back.”
On the tight end position and the play of Coby Fleener recently:
“I thought Coby played his best blocking game. He caught the ball extremely well. Overall, he has gotten really better the last couple of weeks. That’s a good-looking group and they are very young so they are going to be here for a long time. They’re excited to be with and working with (tight ends coach) Alfredo (Roberts), he’s done a heck of a job with them.”
On the importance of not settling for field goals:
“I think 77 percent of games are decided by four or less. That’s the difference between a field goal and a touchdown. We were down there (against the Browns), we got it in and that’s critical. They got it in, missed an extra point and had to play from behind. That point sometimes gets overlooked until you miss one. We always had that four-point, one-point cushion to deal with.”
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LaVon Brazill wasn’t expecting to hear his name get called.
With 4:28 left in the fourth quarter on Sunday, the Colts punted and stopped Pro Bowl returner Josh Cribbs for a four-yard gain.
However, a holding penalty forced a tired punt coverage group to have to head back down the field in hopes of neutralizing Cribbs one more time on Sunday.
As the unit made the trek back to the Indianapolis 19-yard line, Brazill heard his name get called on the sideline.
Brazill is a backup gunner for the Colts but admitted on Monday afternoon that he hasn’t seen a rep on the punt coverage unit in a long time.
Special teams coaches Marwan Maalouf and Brant Boyer inserted Brazill in for a winded Joe Lefeged as the Colts gunner lined up to the right side of the line of scrimmage.
It looked as if the Colts special teams were going to get off the field but now they would have to kick to Cribbs one more time without their special teams leading tackler.
“I was thinking man I’m tired,” linebacker Justin Hickman said on Monday. “We just knew in that situation, with the point we were at in the game, it was probably the biggest play on special teams all day and we just had to bust our (butts) to get down there and make sure (Cribbs) couldn’t bust anything.”
“I was thinking this was a situation where it can come back to bite you in the (butt). You go down and cover it good the first time and then you get a penalty. The second time he normally busts it loose. On TV that’s how you normally see it happen.”
Brazill made sure the Colts punt coverage unit wouldn’t find their way onto any future Cribbs highlight reel.
Prior to the snap, Browns cornerbacks Johnson Bademosi and Joe Haden lined up across from the Colts rookie.
Bademosi eventually slid inside to rush punter Pat McAfee but Haden, an All-Pro cornerback, still shadowed Brazill.
Knowing that Haden was winded from the first punt, Brazill made a move to the outside and immediately found himself barring down on Cribbs with Haden trailing him.
As Cribbs fielded the punt at the Browns 29-yard line, there was Brazill ready to make a vital stop.
“They had me doubled than one of the guys dropped down so my plan was beating (Haden) and go down there was to make up fair catch but Josh Cribbs is a great player so in his eyes he wanted to make a great play,” Brazill said. “I just broke down and wrapped up and held on.”
The Colts defense eventually forced a turnover on downs on the following possession thus preserving the 17-13 victory over the Browns.
McAfee was one of the first of many Colts teammates to congratulate Brazill and appreciates a coverage unit that held one of the league’s finest returners to just two attempts for 12 yards.
“We have an amazing group of gunners. Sergio (Brown) and Joe Lefeged have done amazing but after one rep, it’s all out so Joe was a little gassed,” McAfee said following the game.
“Marwann Maloouf and Brant Boyer decided to put in a fresh guy LaVon Brazill, who has been working all week for his chance. It was his fresh legs and a smart decision to put him in that really affected the game. That was a huge play and Brazill did an amazing job tackling one of the hardest guys in the league to tackle.”
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Each week Colts.com will take a look at the rest of the AFC South and review the previous weekend’s games.
Texans 43 Ravens 13
-The Texans head into their bye week with a firm grip on the top spot in the AFC. After suffering their first loss of the season last week against the Packers, the Texans rebounded with a resounding win over the team with the second best record in the conference. Houston running back Arian Foster had 98 yards rushing and two touchdowns to go along with quarterback Matt Schaub’s two touchdown passes. The Texans defense had four sacks and picked off two Joe Flacco passes.
NEXT GAME: Buffalo, 11/4 at 1J0 EST
Titans 35 Bills 34
-The Titans have put together back-to-back wins thanks to a 195-yard effort by running back Chris Johnson. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was 22-of-33 for 205 yards and his 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Nate Washington gave the Titans a 35-34 lead with just over a minute remaining. Johnson and running back Jamie Harper each had a pair of rushing touchdowns. Starting quarterback Jake Locker might return from injury this week as the Titans welcome the Colts to Nashville.
NEXT GAME: Indianapolis, Sunday at 1:00 EST
Raiders 26 Jaguars 23 OT
-The Jaguars crushing defeat was made even worse with injuries to quarterback Blaine Gabbert and running back Maurice Jones-Drew. After two snaps, Jones-Drew left with an apparent foot injury and Gabbert left later in the first half and was replaced by Chad Henne. Jacksonville jumped out to a 17-3 first half lead and led 23-13 with seven minutes to go in the fourth quarter. The Raiders scored 10 points in a little over three minutes sending the game into overtime. Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts fumbled on the second play of overtime which set up Sebastian Janikowski’s 40-yard game-winning field goal.
NEXT GAME: @Green Bay, Sunday at 1:00 EST.
2012 AFC South Standings
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With a plethora of rookie players on the Colts roster, each week Colts.com will take a look at how the first-year players performed.
Dwayne Allen, TE: Allen had one catch for nine yards on Sunday while providing some key blocking for the Colts best rushing performance of the season. Through six games, Allen is tied for fourth on the team with 13 catches and 118 yards receiving.
Vick Ballard, RB: With running back Donald Brown injured, Ballard got his second straight NFL start on Sunday. Ballard had a career high 20 carries for 84 yards. His 26-yard run late in the fourth quarter, helped the Colts run out virtually the rest of the game. Ballard also had one catch for 19 yards.
LaVon Brazill, RB: Brazill was used in multiple receiver packages on Sunday but his biggest play came via special teams. At the last minute, Brazill filled in as a gunner on special teams and wrapped up Browns punt returner Joshua Cribbs after a two-yard gain.
Coby Fleener, TE: Fleener had two catches for 17 yards on Sunday with both catches coming on third downs, helping the Colts move the chains. Fleener has 19 catches for 198 yards after six games.
T.Y. Hilton, WR: Hilton had two catches for 22 yards on Sunday and added a punt return for eight yards.
Andrew Luck, QB: Luck was 16-of-29 for 186 yards on Sunday. Luck scored twice on the ground and had a total of three carries for 12 yards. Luck’s two rushing touchdowns on Sunday marks the first time since 1988 (Ricky Turner against Miami) that a Colts quarterback has had a pair of rushing touchdowns in a game.
Nate Palmer, WR: Palmer played in his third straight game for the Colts and rotated in on offense and special teams.
Bradley Sowell, OT: Sowell was a reserve lineman for the Colts on Sunday, filling in for right tackle Winston Justice in the second half.
Tags: Andrew Luck, Bradley Sowell, Coby Fleener, dwayne allen, LaVon Brazill, Nate Palmer, T.Y. Hilton, vick ballard
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The roof and window will be open for today’s game against the Cleveland Browns
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What’s up Colts Nation!? We’re less than 24 hours away from the Browns coming into Lucas Oil Stadium. i can’t wait to watch this team bounce back at home and get a W!
I’m sure you’re aware that we’ll be showing we’re #CHUCKSTRONG on game day, but before the game I want to see who is Tailgate Strong. As you saw in the video from the Packers game, the Blue Horsepower Express came out with a pretty impressive showing.
I’m sure that Colts Nation is going to bring it this week. Thanks to some help from Colts Grille, Honda Generators/Reynolds Farm Equipment, and Hoosier Momma Bloody Mary Mix I will be searching for the best Tailgate in all of Colts land. It’s easy to get my attention, simply tweet me or holler at me on Facebook.
The weather should be perfect, so bring your A game to the tailgates and I’ll bring a hungry stomach ready to devour some food. And of course I’ll have some Hoosier Momma Bloody Mary Mix with me for you to sample!
Yours in football,
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The Indianapolis Colts released outside linebacker Jerry Brown from the practice squad.
Brown was originally signed by the Colts as an undrafted free agent on May 23, 2012 and was waived on August 31. He was then signed to the practice squad on September 1 and elevated to the active roster on October 10. Brown played in one game against the New York Jets in Week 6 prior to being waived on October 16 and signed back to the practice squad the following day.
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The orange that will be on the Browns jerseys on Sunday might not be the only uniform that color makes an appearance on at Lucas Oil Stadium.
In the Colts last home game against the Green Bay Packers, Pro Bowl wide receiver Reggie Wayne strapped on some orange gloves to honor his head coach Chuck Pagano fighting leukemia.
Wayne turned in a career performance of 12 catches for 213 yards and the game-winning touchdown for the Colts.
Will we be seeing the orange gloves again this weekend?
“Not sure, but that’s my plan right now. Normally, when I make my mind up I usually go through with it,” Wayne said with a smile. “It helped me out last time, hopefully Andrew (Luck) can see eight more hands again.”
If Wayne does indeed put on the orange gloves, they will be a fresh pair.
”I’ll switch them up. I can’t play with old gloves. They need to be fresh right out of the pack,” Wayne said.
This offseason, Bruce Arians inquired to Wayne about moving around within the Colts offense, a task his offensive coordinator knew wouldn’t be easy.
“It was hard for him to get on that other side, his feet wouldn’t work,” Arians said. “He’d been on the left side forever and now he’s on the other side running off his other foot. That’s not easy but he worked his tail off.”
“To play in the slot and do all the things, they asked him to read coverage and do all those things, his production speaks for his work ethic because it wouldn’t have happened without putting all that work in. When you produce like he’s producing, you’re paying a heck of a good price mentally and physically in preparation.”
With running back Donald Brown out of the lineup on Sunday, it will be the 12-year vet in Wayne running around with half a dozen rookies and five-year veteran Donnie Avery at the skill positions.
The production that Wayne has had through five games is on pace for with his career marks but it’s his leadership that has Arians singing his praise.
“It’s been fantastic, from day one through the OTAs and the summer,” Arians said of Wayne’s leadership. “What he does in his room with his young guys and the quarterback, he is the heart and soul and leader of the offense.”
“Andrew (Luck) will take that torch one day but right now it’s definitely Reggie’s and he’s done a heck of a job coming to me with things, going to coaches with things. That’s what a leader does, different things within the locker room, whatever. There’s no way to put a value on how important it is.”
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What’s up Colts Nation!? I’m back for another week of fantasy football talk. Last week was not too good for me and my fantasy career. It has not been the best year to be on the “Colts Fan Casey” fantasy team.
I feel like the powers that be are out to get me this season. I’ve never been this terrible in my entire fantasy football career. There’s really no explanation as to why whenever I play a team they have at least one play get crazy numbers.
Well that happened again this week. This week’s culprit was AJ Green, who my opponent had who happened to score 29 points on 135 yards and two touchdowns. It’s not good news when your opposition’s flex guy goes for more points than both your starting backs and your flex player. As you may recall from last week’s blog, I partook in a pretty monumental trade in our league.
As you can see below, it doesn’t help that I had two players fail to score any points. So this week I picked Felix Jones up off waivers and I am going to try to get my first win of the year.
Feel free to leave a comment below if you think there’s something I’m missing that is making my team struggle.
Now for my “start em” and “sit em” picks of the week.
Week 7 Start em: I have to go with a guy I went with earlier in the season but I think once again CJ Spiller is poised to have a big week. With Fred Jackson’s status uncertain it looks like Spiller will be the main back facing a rather forgiving Titans rushing defense.
Week 7 Sit em: I have this guy in another one of my leagues, a league I’m actually winning in, but I think that sitting Mathew Stafford this week against the Bears isn’t a bad choice. You always have to be careful with QBs, but if you have a sufficient backup, put them in the game coach!
Week 7 Random Thought: Since we’re almost midway through the season so now is a time to turn your attention from big name guys on subpar teams and look for consistent players on solid teams. Now is a great time to explore trade options as people might be willing to move guys in hopes to change things up heading into the playoffs. Look for guys on the perennial championship caliber teams.
That’s it for today. Don’t forget to visit my homepage and watch some of my tailgate videos.
Yours in Football,
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